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Normally, when you’re first notice hearing loss (no matter the variety), the first thing you should do is attempt to minimize the damage. After all, you can take some simple steps to avoid further damage and protect your ears.

Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean

Remember learning to make sure you clean behind your ears when you learned general hygiene (or at least should have learned). When it comes to hearing health, though, we’re not worried about the areas behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.

There are several ways that keeping your ears free of wax can assist your hearing:

  • When wax accumulation becomes substantial, it can prevent sound from reaching your inner ear. Consequently, your hearing becomes weakened.
  • In the long run, neglected hearing loss can affect your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
  • If you have a hearing aid, earwax buildup can hinder its function as well. You may end up thinking that your hearing is going downhill because of this.
  • Your ability to hear can also be interfered with if you get a severe ear infection which can also be a result of dirty ears. Your hearing will return to normal after the ear infection clears.

If you notice earwax buildup, it’s definitely not suggested that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Added damage can be done by cotton swabs and they will frequently make it even harder to hear. Over the counter ear drops are a smarter opinion.

Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises

This one is so intuitive it almost shouldn’t be on the list. The issue is that most people are hard-pressed to define what a “loud noise” actually is. For example, highway driving can be loud enough to damage your hearing over an extended period of time. The motor on your lawnmower can be fairly taxing on your ears, also. Obviously, it’s more than rock concerts or loud speakers that cause hearing loss.

Here are a few ways to stay away from damaging noise:

  • When you’re listening to music or watching videos keep your headphone volume at a manageable volume. Most phones have built-in warnings when you’re approaching a dangerous threshold.
  • Making use of an app on your phone to warn you when decibel levels reach hazardous levels.
  • Using hearing 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 great. But be certain to use the appropriate protection for your hearing. A perfect example would be earmuffs and earplugs.

The damage to your hearing from loud sounds will build up slowly. So, even if your hearing “feels” fine after a loud event, that doesn’t mean it is. Only a hearing professional can give your hearing a clean bill of health.

Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Get it Treated

Hearing loss accumulates most of the time. So catching any damage early will help prevent additional injury. That’s why getting treated is incredibly important when it comes to decreasing hearing loss. Effective treatments (that you follow through with) will put your hearing in the best possible condition.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Hearing aids prevent the brain strain and social solitude that worsen hearing loss-related health problems.
  • Some, but not all damage can be prevented by using hearing aids. For example, hearing aids will stop you from turning your television volume up so loud it harms your ears. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also prevent further degeneration of your hearing.
  • We can give personalized 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, further damage can be prevented with treatment. One of the main ways to do that, in many cases, is hearing aids. Getting the proper treatment will not only prevent further damage but also keep your present hearing level intact.

Your giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the appropriate treatment, and exercising good hearing hygiene.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.