The only type of avoidable hearing loss is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL occurs when you lose your sense of hearing due to exposure to loud sounds.
You may be able to adapt to loud noises, but your ears and your brain will not be able to do so. Hearing can’t be recovered after losing it through NIHL. This hearing loss slowly progresses, so it’s usually too late to prevent damage to your hearing when it becomes evident.
Here are ten tips to protect your hearing health:
1. Always wear protection for your hearing when exposed to loud sounds. Getting foam earplugs is a cost-effective solution, or you could invest in a pair of custom earplugs as an even better way to block out noise.
2. Reduce the amount of your time spent exposed to loud noises.
3. Lower the volume on your T.V., radio, music, or other entertainment devices.
4. Avoid noisy or loud activities/areas whenever possible.
5. When you listen to loud sounds (concerts, music, fitness classes, etc.), take quiet intervals between the noises.
6. Distance yourself from the loudest source that emanates sound (fireworks or speakers)
7. Give your ears a break to recuperate after exposure to loud noises.
8. Do not place anything smaller than your elbow into your ear (bobby pins, cotton swabs, keys, paper clips, or any other instruments you use to clean or scratch your ears).
9. Keep yourself moving! Exercising maintains proper blood flow throughout the body, including your ears. Exercising keeps the internal components of your ears healthy.
10. Get a hearing test conducted, specifically if you encounter any changes in your hearing, ringing sensations, or a feeling of fullness in your ears that lasts more than 24 hours.
Whether you notice any changes in your hearing or not, get a regular check-up to test your hearing health. Please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.