The first thing to do, when you start to recognize that you have hearing loss, is to eliminate added damage. After all, you can take some simple actions to prevent additional damage and protect your ears.
Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean
Remember learning to be certain you clean behind your ears when you learned basic hygiene (or at least should have learned). But it’s actually the inner ear we’re concerned with keeping clean in terms of hearing health, rather than behind the ears.
Keeping your ears free of wax accumulation can help your hearing in a number of different ways:
- Over time, untreated hearing loss can impact your brain and your ability to interpret sounds.
- Earwax buildup also inhibits the functionality of your hearing aid if you use one. This could make it seem as though your hearing is getting worse.
- When wax accumulation becomes significant, it can stop sound from getting into your inner ear. This reduces your ability to hear.
- Untidy ears increase your odds of getting an ear infection, which leads to inflammation that (when serious enough) interferes with your ability to hear. When your ear infection goes away, your normal hearing will normally return.
If you observe earwax accumulation, it’s absolutely not advisable that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Further damage can be caused by cotton swabs and they will often worsen your ability to hear. Instead, use over-the-counter ear drops.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one is so intuitive it almost shouldn’t be listed. The problem is that most individuals 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 period of time. Your lawnmower motor can be fairly taxing on your ears, also. Clearly, it’s more than rock concerts or loud speakers that cause hearing impairment.
Here are a few ways to stay away from damaging noise:
- Staying away from cranking the volume up on your headphones when you’re watching videos or listening to music. Most phones feature built-in warnings when you’re approaching a dangerous level.
- When you can’t avoid noisy environments, use hearing protection. Does your job put you on the floor of a noisy manufacturing plant? Going to a rock concert? That’s fun. Just use the correct hearing protection. A perfect illustration would be earmuffs and earplugs.
- Utilizing an app on your phone to alert you when volume levels reach unsafe levels.
The damage to your hearing from loud sounds will develop slowly. So, even if your hearing “seems” okay after a noisy event, that doesn’t mean it is. 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 catching any damage early will help prevent added injury. So when it comes to slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so important. Effective treatments (on which you follow through) will leave your hearing in the best possible shape.
Here’s how treatments work:
- Our advice will help you learn to safeguard your hearing because it is customized and personalized for you.
- Hearing aids can prevent some, but not all, damage. Hearing aids will, for example, allow you to listen to the TV or music at a lower volume, avoiding damage. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also stop further degeneration of your hearing.
- Hearing aids stop the brain strain and social solitude that worsen hearing loss-related health problems.
Limiting Hearing Loss Will Benefit You in The Long Run
Although we can’t cure hearing loss, further damage can be avoided with treatment. One of the main ways to do that, in many situations, is hearing aids. Getting the necessary treatment will not only prevent additional damage but also keep your current hearing level intact.
When you use hearing protection, exercise good hygiene, and obtain hearing loss treatment, you’re taking the proper measures to limit hearing loss while also giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing in the years to come.