3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Hearing Sharp

A group of people enjoying fireworks while protecting their hearing. The fireworks are colorful and bright, and they fill the sky with a sense of excitement and joy.

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. Hearing loss is similar. As long as you are having difficulty hearing sound, whether it’s related to a blockage, age, loud noise, or whatever else, it’s still hearing loss.

Limiting the damage is usually the first step to take when you start to detect hearing loss. There are, after all, some easy measures you can take to safeguard your ears and control further hearing loss.

Tip 1: Clean your Ears

Remember when your parents used to always ask “did you wash behind your ears”? In terms of hearing health, we’re not concerned with the space behind your ears, but instead your inner ears.

Your hearing can be helped in numerous ways by keeping your ears clear of earwax:

  • Your ability to hear can be impeded by swelling which is caused by severe ear infection as a result of dirty ears. When your ear infection clears, your normal hearing will usually return.
  • Your brain and your ability to interpret sounds can be impacted over time by neglected hearing loss.
  • Sound waves will have a harder time getting into your inner ear if you have substantial accumulation. Because of this, your ability to hear becomes weakened.
  • If you wear hearing aids, earwax will also impede their operation. This could make it seem as if your hearing is worsening.

You should not ever attempt to use a cotton swab to dig out earwax. 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 should be fairly obvious. But defining what comprises “loud sound” isn’t easy for most people. It’s not just blaring speakers or loud rock concerts that harm your hearing, freeway driving can be loud enough to harm your ears over a long period of time. The motor on your lawnmower can be very straining on your ears also. And when you’re out celebrating the 4th of July, be mindful to safeguard your ears!

Here are some practical ways to eliminate noise damage:

  • When you can’t prevent being in a loud environment, wear ear protection. Do you work on a noisy factory floor? Do you really want to attend that rock concert? That’s fine. Just wear the necessary hearing protection. You can get enough protection from contemporary earplugs and earmuffs.
  • Avoid turning the volume up on your headphones when you’re watching videos or listening to tunes. Most cellphones include built-in alerts when you’re getting close to a dangerous threshold.
  • When decibel levels get too loud, you can use an app on your phone to alert you.

The damage to your ears from loud noises will accumulate slowly. So, even if your hearing “seems” fine after a loud event, that doesn’t mean it is. Only a hearing specialist can give your ears a clean bill of health.

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

Hearing loss generally builds 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 getting it treated is so important. Effective treatments (on which you follow through) will leave your hearing in the best possible condition.

Here’s how treatments work:

  • Hearing aids prevent the mental strain and social separation that exacerbate hearing loss-related health issues.
  • We will provide personalized instructions and advice to help you avoid further damage to your ears.
  • Hearing aids can prevent some, but not all, damage. With a hearing aid, you’re unlikely to turn the tv up to harmful volumes. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also prevent further degeneration of your hearing.

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

Treatment is one of the principal ways to prevent hearing loss despite the fact that there is no cure. The correct treatment will help you maintain your current level of hearing and prevent it from becoming worse.

In the years to come you will be providing yourself with the best chance for healthy hearing if you get hearing loss treatment from us, use hearing protection, and practice good hygiene!

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.