Typically, when you’re first notice hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is try to control the damage. There are, after all, some straightforward steps you can take to protect your ears and minimize further hearing loss.
Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean
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, though, we aren’t worried about the space behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
Keeping your ears free of wax buildup can help your hearing in many different ways:
- Earwax buildup also interferes with the functionality of your hearing aid if you have one. You might end up thinking that your hearing is going downhill because of this.
- Your brain and ability to decipher sound will inevitably be affected by untreated hearing loss.
- Your ability to hear can also be impeded if you get a serious ear infection which can also be a result of unclean ears. Your hearing will go back to normal after the ear infection clears.
- When wax accumulation becomes significant, it can prevent sound from getting into your inner ear. This diminishes your ability to hear.
If you observe earwax buildup, it’s definitely not advisable that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Additional damage can be caused by cotton swabs and they will frequently worsen your ability to hear. Instead, use over-the-counter ear drops.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one is so instinctive it almost shouldn’t be on the list. But knowing how loud is too loud is the real issue for most individuals. Over an extended time period, for instance, your hearing can be damaged by driving on a busy freeway. Also, surprisingly, your lawn mower can take a toll on your ears. As you can tell, it isn’t just blasting speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears.
Here are some ways to avoid damaging noise:
- When volume levels get too high, an app on your phone can notify you of that.
- Using ear protection when loud environments can’t be avoided. Does your job put you on the floor of a loud manufacturing plant? Do you really want to attend that rock concert? That’s cool. Just use the correct hearing protection. Contemporary earplugs and earmuffs offer ample protection.
- When you’re listening to music or watching videos keep your headphone volume at a manageable volume. When harmful levels are being approached, most phones feature a built in warning.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t happen abruptly, it progresses slowly. So if you’ve been to a loud event, you could have done damage even if you don’t realize it. You can only get a clean bill of health for your ears by a hearing professional.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Loss – Get it Addressed
Hearing loss accumulates generally speaking. So, the earlier you catch the damage, the better you’ll be capable of preventing additional damage. So in terms of slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so significant. Effective treatments (that you follow through with) will put your hearing in the best possible condition.
Here’s how treatments work:
- We can give individualized instructions and advice to help you avoid added damage to your ears.
- Hearing aids stop the brain strain and social solitude that worsen hearing loss-related health problems.
- Hearing aids can stop some, but not all, damage. For instance, hearing aids will stop you from cranking your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Hearing aids will prevent additional degeneration of your hearing by stopping this damage.
You Will be Benefited in The Future by Limiting Hearing Loss
Even though we don’t have a cure for hearing loss, further damage can be prevented with treatment. In many instances, hearing aids are one of the main ways to accomplish that. The correct treatment will help you maintain 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 correct measures to minimize hearing loss while also giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing in the years to come.