A hearing test is an excellent first step towards diagnosing noise-induced and age-related auditory loss and should be something anyone with problems in this area seeks out immediately. While there is no cure, as such, for these issues modern medical science has provided a number of aids and devices that can help tremendously when it comes to coping. You don’t have to go through auditory loss without assistance. Of course, if you haven’t yet experienced any auditory loss, your primary focus should be on preventing damage in the future. Here are some things you can do to protect your ears.
Avoid Loud Sounds
It’s easy to take noise for granted. If you brought your average person from the 1800s forward to the future, they would be appalled at the level of noise we deal with on a daily basis: cars, horns, power tools, sporting events, and so forth. All of this stuff is commonplace today. But our ears haven’t evolved to match the increase in noise. So, instead, we get chronic auditory loss. You can’t shield yourself from typical noise such as traffic but you can take measures to avoid some of the louder sounds you hear on a regular basis. A good pair of earplugs goes a long way.
Turn Down Your Music
If you’re a rocker, you may want to consider what your music will sound like when you can no longer hear it. It’s always a challenge to envision a scenario that seems so unlikely right now. But it is a very real concern. Talk to anyone who has played electric guitar their entire life or has grown up going to rock concerts and you’re almost guaranteed to find that they have auditory problems. You don’t need to stop listening to music. Just remember that listening to it at loud levels could induce ear damage. If you suspect you have already incurred damage, have a hearing test and see where you’re at.
Put Down The Swabs
Not all ear damage comes from noise. The first cotton swabs-on-a-stick were never meant to clean ears with. Somehow, though, that’s exactly what they came to be known for. Ear, nose, and throat doctors have been vigilant about warning patients not to use them for this purpose, but to no avail. While there’s nothing wrong with swabbing the outer ear folds with a Q-tip, you should never attempt to clean the canal. Not only is this ineffective, it could result in eardrum damage. Have a hearing test if you suspect wax is blocking your ability to hear.