Minimize Hearing Loss with These Three Basic Steps

woman cupping a hand to her left ear

Hearing loss is a worrying issue for some people. It may not be a life-threatening sickness, an economic disaster or the end of the world, but if it’s on the horizon, it’s only natural to be concerned.

While not all forms of hearing loss are avoidable, there are actions you can take to reduce your chances of getting age-related and noise-induced hearing loss. It’s never too early – or too late – to start using hearing protection when exposed to loud sounds. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and listening to your doctor’s recommendations may also help safeguard your hearing health. There are plenty of other steps to take as well. 

The tiny hair-like cells in your inner ear are very sensitive to changes in blood flow. Hearing loss occurs when these cells are destroyed. The better your general health, the greater your chances of preventing hearing loss – or preserving your hearing if you already have it. 

With this in mind, you might be seeking out strategies to avoid hearing loss, which is understandable. If you’re looking for strategies to protect your hearing from deteriorating, keep reading for some helpful tips. The earlier you can implement at least some of these strategies, the healthier your hearing will stay. 

Wear Hearing Protection 

Your hearing is as precious as your eyesight, so you should protect it in the same way. Just as you would never stare directly at the sun, and you would always wear sunglasses when outside, you should protect your hearing whenever you can. Whether it’s part of your commute, certain power equipment you use or you just like heavy metal concerts, loud noises can easily be a major part of your life, and unless you protect your ears, you’ll find that this can all contribute to hearing loss later in life – or even early on, depending on how loud the noise is and how frequently you are subjected to it. 

If this is the case, you will want suitable hearing protection. This protection might be as basic as single-use earplugs for a night out or as complex as industrial, pressurized earmuffs for long days on the job. Furthermore, if the sound levels in your job exceed an 85 decible limit, your employer is required to offer necessary services, such as hearing protection and free hearing assessments. Check this out because you might be able to take advantage of what they are offering, and if they’re not offering anything, you need to let them know that they should be. 

Don’t Put Anything in Your Ear

Few things will feel as therapeutic as pulling out pieces of earwax with a cotton swab – but few things are as damaging to your ears. Simply said, placing foreign items into your ear canal is a horrible idea in general, and that’s not just limited to cotton swabs. 

Because the skin in the ear canal is so thin, it is easily broken and infected. And if you go too far, you can wind up rupturing your eardrum. There are no hard and fast rules here – we can’t tell you it’s safe up to a particular depth or with a specific degree of power. It’s as easy as this: don’t put anything in your ear if you want to minimize the chances of hearing loss. 

Get Treatment for Ear Infections 

Ear infections are unpleasant; they hurt, they cause problems with concentration and sleep, and they can actually be doing a lot of damage in general to your hearing without you even realizing it. Many people think that ear infections are only something that affects children, but this is not the case; they can affect adults just as easily, although perhaps not quite as frequently.  

If you’re experiencing earache, don’t put off getting help any longer. If you have an ear infection, it will not go away on its own. The longer you leave it, the more likely it is that you could experience irreversible hearing loss.

So, if you feel any form of discomfort or trouble with your ear, make an appointment to see your hearing instrument specialist. The sooner you seek treatment for hearing loss, the greater your chances of healing without hurting your hearing permanently. 

If you find that you have already experienced any form of hearing loss and wonder whether a hearing aid might be the best thing for you, it’s best to speak to specialists. Contact Byron’s Hudson Valley Hearing Aid Centers at 845-481-9267, 845-232-2147 or 845-481-9266 for advice and assistance.