The first thing to do, when you begin to recognize that you have hearing loss, is to avoid further damage. After all, you can take some simple actions to prevent further damage and safeguard your ears.
Step 1: Clean Your Ears
Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those early hygiene lessons you learn (or should have learned), right? In terms of hearing health, however, we’re not concerned with the space behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
There are multiple ways that keeping your ears free of wax can help your hearing:
- Sound can be blocked from reaching the inner ear when there’s too much wax buildup. This diminishes your ability to hear.
- Your ability to hear can also be interfered with if you get a serious ear infection which can also be a result of unclean ears. Your hearing will return to normal after the ear infection clears.
- Your brain and ability to interpret sound will ultimately be impacted by untreated hearing loss.
- If you use a hearing aid, earwax buildup can hinder its function also. You might end up feeling like your hearing is going downhill because of this.
If you find earwax accumulation, it’s absolutely not advisable that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. In most instances, a cotton swab will make things worse or cause additional damage. Over the counter ear drops are a better idea.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one should almost be left off the list it’s so intuitive. The issue is that most people aren’t entirely certain what a “loud noise” actually is. As an example, freeway driving can be loud enough to damage your ears over an extended time period. Also, surprisingly, your lawn mower can take a toll on your hearing. As you can see, it isn’t just blasting speakers or loud rock concerts that harm your ears.
Some practical ways to escape harmful noises include:
- Wearing ear protection when noisy environments can’t be avoided. Does your job put you on the floor of a loud manufacturing plant? Do you really want to go to that rock concert? That’s cool. Just use the required ear protection. A perfect example would be earplugs or earmuffs.
- Staying away from turning up the volume on your headphones when you’re listening to music or watching videos. When harmful volumes are being approached, most phones come with a built in warning.
- Using an app on your phone to warn you when decibel levels get to dangerous levels.
The damage to your ears from loud sounds will develop slowly. So, even if your hearing “feels” okay after a loud event, it may not be. Only a hearing specialist can give your ears a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Loss – Have it Addressed
In general, hearing impairment is cumulative. So recognizing any damage early on will help prevent added injury. That’s why getting treated is incredibly important in terms of limiting hearing loss. Your hearing will be at the greatest advantage if you seek out and follow through on effective treatment.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Some, but not all damage can be prevented by wearing hearing aids. For instance, hearing aids will prevent you from cranking your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Hearing aids will prevent additional deterioration of your hearing by stopping this damage.
- Hearing aids prevent the brain strain and social isolation that exacerbate hearing loss-related health problems.
- We can provide individualized guidance and advice to help you avoid added damage to your ears.
You Will be Benefited in The Future by Decreasing Hearing Loss
Although we don’t have a cure for hearing loss, additional damage can be prevented with treatment. One of the main ways to do that, in many cases, is hearing aids. The right treatment will help you preserve your present level of hearing and prevent it from worsening.
When you wear hearing protection, engage in good hygiene, and pursue hearing loss treatment, you’re taking the proper steps to minimize hearing loss while also giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing in the future.