We sometimes take for grated that we can hear. Hearing loss is something that naturally occurs with age. Although 25% of Americans between 55 and 65 experience hearing loss to some degree, there are steps we can take to prevent it.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
- Loud, explosive noises, such as gunshots and fireworks.
- Listening to headphones at too high volume.
- External injuries that cause damage to the ear canal.
- Noisy industrial work.
- Dirty or blocked ears.
Complications from ear infections.
When sounds travel into your ear canal, the vibrations are transmitted into nerve signals that your brain reads which lets you know what you are hearing. There are thousands of small hairs attached to nerve cells and the sort out the differences between sounds. When these hairs are damaged, they are no longer capable of responding like they once did.
Tips to Preserve your Hearing
Avoiding loud noise
Loud noises are the most obvious threat to your hearing. From shooting guns to working in a loud industrial job daily, your hearing ability can slowly deteriorate.
Loud Concerts are another problem. We all love live music but if you are too close to the speakers you could do permanent damage. This also happens when you have headphones on and have the music turned up too loud. When you know you are going to be in an environment with loud noise, make sure to wear ear plugs. Hearing damage accumulates over time.
Treat Ear Infections Quickly
Ear infections cause the middle ear to fill with fluid. This can sometimes lead to a loss of hearing temporarily. It usually goes away when the infection is treated. If the ear infection doesn’t go away with antibiotics and gets more severe, it can cause damage to the inner ear. Which could result in a permanent loss of hearing. If you think you may have an ear infection, visit your doctor immediately.
Avoid Damage to the Eardrum
One of the most common reasons for hearing loss is a ruptured ear drum. It usually happens when something is inserted into the ear canal. Therefore, doctors don’t recommend cleaning the ears with cotton-swabs. If you have a blockage or buildup of wax in your ear, visit your doctor for a cleaning.
Hearing is something to take very seriously because once your hearing is gone it can’t be restored. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us today!