Usually, when you’re first notice hearing loss (no matter the variety), the first thing you should do is try to minimize the damage. There are, after all, some straightforward measures you can take to safeguard your hearing and minimize further hearing loss.
Step 1: Clean Your Ears
Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those first hygiene lessons you learn (or should have learned), right? When it comes to hearing health, though, we’re not concerned with the space behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
There are several ways that keeping your ears free from wax can help your hearing:
- If you have a hearing aid, earwax accumulation can hinder its function also. This may make it seem as if your hearing is getting worse.
- Unkempt ears increase your odds of getting an ear infection, which leads to inflammation that (when severe enough) impedes your hearing. Your hearing will return to normal after the ear infection clears.
- When wax buildup becomes severe, it can block sound from getting into your inner ear. This reduces your ability to hear.
- Over time, neglected hearing loss can impact your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
If you observe earwax accumulation, it’s definitely not suggested that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Additional damage can be done 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 on the list. But determining how loud is too loud is the real issue for most people. As an example, freeway driving can be loud enough to damage your hearing over an extended period of time. Also, believe it or not, your lawn mower can take a toll on your hearing. Obviously, it’s more than rock concerts or loud speakers that cause hearing damage.
Some practical ways to stay away from damaging noises include:
- Utilizing an app on your phone to alert you when volume levels reach unsafe thresholds.
- Wearing ear protection when noisy environments can’t be avoided. Do you work on a loud factory floor? Do you really want to attend that rock concert? That’s cool. Just wear the necessary hearing protection. Modern earplugs and earmuffs provide abundant protection.
- Refraining from cranking the volume up on your headphones when you’re watching videos or listening to music. Most phones include built-in warnings when you’re nearing a dangerous level.
The damage to your ears from loud sounds will develop slowly. So if you’ve been to a loud event, you might have done damage even if you don’t notice it. Only a hearing specialist can give your ears a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Have it Addressed
In general, hearing loss is cumulative. So recognizing any damage early on will help prevent added injury. So when it comes to slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so important. Effective treatments (that you follow through with) will leave your hearing in the best possible condition.
Here’s how treatments work:
- The chance of developing hearing loss related health problems is reduced by using hearing aids because they minimize social isolation and brain strain.
- Hearing aids can prevent some, but not all, damage. For example, hearing aids will prevent you from cranking your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Because hearing aids counter this damage, they can also stop further deterioration of your hearing.
- Our guidance will help you learn to protect your hearing because it is customized and personalized for you.
Limiting Hearing Loss Will Benefit You in The Long Run
Although it’s true that hearing loss can’t be cured, getting treatment for your hearing loss will help prevent additional damage. One of the primary ways to do that, in many instances, is hearing aids. The right treatment will help you maintain your current level of hearing and prevent it from worsening.
When you use hearing protection, exercise good hygiene, and obtain hearing loss treatment, you’re taking the correct measures to minimize hearing loss while also giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing in the years to come.