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Pizza is a fascinating thing. As long as it meets a few basic criteria (crust, sauce, cheese, etc.) regardless of the toppings, it’s still pizza. That’s similar to hearing loss. Symptoms and presentations are a consequence of many different problems – loud noises, genetics, age, ear blockages – but as long as you have trouble hearing sounds, it’s still hearing loss.

Restricting the damage is usually the first step to take when you begin to detect hearing loss. There are, after all, some basic measures you can take to protect your ears and minimize further hearing loss.

Tip 1: Clean your Ears

Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those early hygiene instructions you learn (or should have learned), right? But when it comes to the health of your hearing, it’s the inner ear, not behind the ears, that we’re concerned with.

Your hearing can be benefited in a number of ways by keeping your ears clear of earwax:

  • When wax accumulation becomes significant, it can block sound waves from getting into your inner ear. Your hearing becomes jeopardized as a result.
  • Your brain and your ability to interpret sounds can be impacted over time by neglected hearing loss.
  • Your ability to hear can be impeded by swelling which is caused by profound ear infection as a result of unclean ears. When your ear infection clears, your normal hearing will usually come back.
  • Earwax accumulation also impedes the functioning of your hearing aid if you use one. If this happens you might think that your hearing is getting even worse.

If you notice earwax accumulation, 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 added damage. You can get earwax removal drops over-the-counter at your local pharmacy which work better and are safer than swabs.

Tip 2: Avoid loud noises that could result in hearing loss

This one is so intuitive it almost doesn’t need to be on this list. The issue is that most individuals are hard-pressed to define what a “loud noise” actually is. There are lots of hazards to your hearing in everyday life including things as common as driving on a noisy highway every day over long periods. The motor on your lawnmower can be pretty straining on your ears also. And when you’re out celebrating the 4th of July, be careful to safeguard your ears!

Some practical ways to steer clear of harmful noises include:

  • When you’re watching movies or listening to music, watch your headphone volume. Most cellphones have built-in warnings when you’re approaching a hazardous threshold.
  • When you can’t avoid being in a loud setting, use hearing protection. If you want to go to a loud rock concert or if you work in a noisy factory that’s fine but don’t forget your ear protection. You can get plenty of protection from contemporary earplugs and earmuffs.
  • When decibel levels get too loud, you can use an app on your phone to let you know.

The damage to your ears from loud noises will build up slowly. So, even if your hearing “feels” fine after a loud event, that doesn’t mean it is. Your hearing can only get a clean bill of health by a hearing specialist.

Tip 3: If you have any hearing loss, get it treated

Hearing loss typically builds over time. So you’ll be better able to avoid further harm if you catch it early. That’s why treatment is very crucial when it comes to restricting hearing loss. Your hearing will be in the best possible condition when you follow the treatment plan we will provide for you.

Treatment works like this:

  • Mental strain, social withdrawal, and other hearing loss-associated health problems can be prevented by hearing aids.
  • Some, but not all damage can be prevented by hearing aids. With a hearing aid, you’re unlikely to turn up the tv to dangerous volumes. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also prevent further degeneration of your hearing.
  • We will help you avoid further damage by providing you with customized advice and guidelines.

In the long run you will be benefited by wearing hearing aids

While it’s true that hearing loss can’t be cured, in many instances, hearing loss treatment is one of the main ways to prevent it. The appropriate treatment will help you maintain your current level of hearing and prevent it from getting worse.

When you wear hearing protection, practice good hygiene, and pursue hearing loss treatment with a hearing specialist, you’re taking the correct measures to limit hearing loss while also giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing in the years to come!

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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.
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