In our last blog, we provided a brief overview of the primary types of hearing loss, conductive,sensorineural, and mixed. Hearing loss is a complex issue, and can be cause by a wide range of factors. Some of these issues, such as genetic factors and aging, are unavoidable and impossible to prevent. Other factors can be minimized. In today’s blog, we are going to look at 3 essential tips to help you avoid or minimize hearing loss.
1. Properly Manage Earwax
Earwax is important for the proper function of your ear. Earwax prevents dust and other particulates from entering into the ear canal. It can build up over time and muffle sound. Avoid using Q-tips or cotton swabs, as they can damage your ear or cause wax to become compacted. If earwax is compacted, a doctor will need to remove it.
2. Limit Noise Exposure
The question you should be asking yourself is, “How loud is too loud?” As a general rule, if you have to shout to communicate, you are in an environment that is loud enough to damage your hearing. Minimize your exposure to loud noises whenever possible. If you are in a loud environment, avoid staying for longer than 60 minutes. This rule should be followed when using personal headphones as well. Never raise the volume above 60 percent and limit exposure to 60-minute sessions.
3. The Power of Protection
If you know you are going to be exposed to loud sounds for a prolonged period, make sure you wear protection. Foam or rubber earplugs can reduce noise by 15-30 decibels. They are available at low cost and do not distort sound, but simply make it quieter. Earmuffs are a comfortable and stylish alternative to earplugs.Leave a reply →