Isn’t pizza great? As long as it meets a few standard criteria (crust, sauce, cheese, etc.) whatever the toppings, it’s still pizza. Hearing loss is similar. As long as you are having trouble hearing sound, whether it’s related to an obstruction, age, loud noise, or whatever else, it’s still hearing loss.
Restricting the damage is normally the first thing to do when you begin to detect hearing loss. There are, after all, some simple steps you can take to protect your ears and limit further hearing loss.
Tip 1: Keep your ears clean
Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those original hygiene lessons you learn (or should have learned), right? In terms of hearing health, we aren’t concerned with the space behind your ears, but instead your inner ears.
Your hearing can be benefited in numerous ways by keeping your ears clear of earwax:
- Earwax buildup also impedes the operation of your hearing aid if you use one. If this occurs you might think that your hearing is getting even worse.
- Sound waves will have a harder time getting into your inner ear if you have substantial buildup. Your hearing becomes compromised as a result.
- Over time, neglected hearing loss impacts your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
- Unkempt ears boost your chances of getting an ear infection, which causes swelling that, when severe enough, impedes your ability to hear. Your functional hearing will usually return when then the infection clears up.
If you notice earwax buildup, it’s absolutely not suggested that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. In most situations, a cotton swab will make things worse or cause additional damage. Instead, use over-the-counter ear drops.
Tip 2: Loud noise that could result in hearing loss should be avoided
This one is so instinctive it almost shouldn’t be on this list. The problem is that most individuals have no clue what a “loud noise” actually is. It’s not just blaring speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your hearing, highway driving can be loud enough to damage your ears over a long period of time. The motor on your lawnmower can be very taxing on your ears too. And when you’re out remembering the 4th of July, be cautious to protect your hearing!
Here are a few useful ways to eliminate noise damage:
- Avoid turning up the volume on your headphones when you’re streaming videos or listening to tunes. Most cellphones feature built-in warnings when you’re nearing a dangerous level.
- Wearing ear protection when loud situations are not avoidable. If you want to attend a loud rock concert or if you work in a loud factory that’s okay but remember your hearing protection. You can get enough protection from modern earplugs and earmuffs.
- When volume levels get too high, you can use an app on your phone to alert you.
So if you go to a loud event and your hearing seems fine after, that doesn’t mean it is, because hearing loss is usually a gradual progression. Only a hearing specialist can let you know if you have hearing loss.
Tip 3: If you have any hearing loss, have it treated
Hearing loss typically accumulates over time. So you’ll be better able to prevent further harm if you catch it early. So when it comes to hearing loss, this is the reason why having it treated is so essential. Your hearing will be in the best possible condition when you observe the treatment plan we will provide for you.
Treatment works like this:
- We will help you avoid further damage by providing you with individualized advice and instructions.
- Some, but not all damage can be avoided by hearing aids. For example, hearing aids will stop you from turning your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also prevent further deterioration of your hearing.
- Brain strain, social withdrawal, and other hearing loss-related health problems can be prevented by hearing aids.
Minimize hearing loss – it will help you in the long run
While it’s true that hearing loss can’t be cured, in many situations, hearing loss treatment is one of the principal ways to prevent it. Treating your hearing loss properly will prevent further damage while protecting your present degree of hearing.
In the years to come you will be giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing if you get hearing loss treatment from us, use hearing protection, and practice quality hygiene!