Hearing loss can affect people of any age, stemming from a wide range of causes including damage, exposure to excessive noise, genetics, reactions to prescription drugs, and more. Although certain hearing impairment causes are outside patient control, there are many proactive steps you can take to prevent your risk of hearing loss, minimize the progression of hearing loss, or even restore your hearing naturally.
Can the Loss of Hearing Be Reversed?
In most cases, hearing impairment is treatable – but not reversible. However, there are a few situations in which you may be able to naturally reverse hearing loss and return your hearing to its normal quality:
● Hearing loss caused by excessive earwax buildup is typically very easy to treat. Treatment options include over-the-counter drops or baby oil, dropped into the ear in small amounts to soften the wax. If ear wax is deeply impacted, it’s best to see your local doctor for removal.
● Mild hearing loss can sometimes result from ear infections, which can often be resolved through antibiotics.
● For some patients, unexplained sudden hearing loss is reversible through the use of corticosteroid pills or shots. If hearing loss is sudden, please note that there is a small window of time to get treatment that may work, so see your Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor immediately (within 1-2 days max) if sudden hearing loss is present.
How Can Hearing Loss Be Prevented?
Hearing loss isn’t necessarily an inevitable part of growing older, especially because there are many different causes leading to hearing impairment. In some cases, it’s possible to avoid hearing loss by being aware of your ear health and incorporating protective habits into your everyday routine.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your chance of developing hearing impairment issues:
● Avoid excessive noise as much as possible.
● Utilize hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, when necessary.
● If you experience ear-related symptoms, including hearing loss, pain, or discomfort, consult a hearing professional immediately.
● Check your medications (such as Naproxen, for example) for potential side effects involving hearing loss
How Can Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Be Prevented?
Noise-induced hearing loss is the only type of hearing loss that is 100 percent preventable. Excessive noise exposure is responsible for damaging the inner ear in a similar manner to an advanced age, resulting in accelerated hearing loss, the ringing of the ears, and other issues. Hazardous levels of noise can occur anywhere, from your place of employment to recreational activities. A good rule of thumb is that if you need to raise your voice to be heard by someone an arm’s length away, the noise level is hazardous to your ears.
Here are a few tips for preventing noise-induced hearing loss:
● Be aware of sources of hazardous noise, including firecrackers, firearms, power tools, concerts and dance clubs, sporting events, and vehicles. Dangerous noise levels can also occur on the job, especially if you work in heavy industry, transportation, the military, construction, entertainment, or other similar industries.
● Make a habit of utilizing hearing protection.
● Ensure that you’re using personal headphones and earbuds at a responsible volume.
Can You Slow Down Hearing Loss?
If you’re already experiencing hearing loss, you can still slow down the process. First, consult with an audiologist to evaluate your hearing health so that a baseline can be obtained and from there receive professional recommendations as necessary. You can also take steps to slow hearing loss by using earplugs, being aware of surrounding noise levels, and avoiding excessive, hazardous noises.
Contact Memorial Hearing for a Consultation Today
If you’re experiencing one or more symptoms of hearing loss, Memorial Hearing can help. Our specialized team, led by professional audiologist Dr. Elly Pourasef, has the professional expertise to provide personalized hearing loss solutions. Our comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluation will determine the type and severity of your hearing loss, making it possible to take the necessary treatment steps to restore your quality of life.
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