Hearcare  INC., & Associates - Sherman & Gainesville, TX

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Pizza is a fascinating thing. You can change the toppings, sauces, even the cheeses concerned, but as long as it meets some standard criteria, it’s still a pizza. Hearing loss is similar. Symptoms and presentations are a consequence of many different problems – loud noises, genetics, age, ear blockages – but as long as you have difficulty hearing sounds, it’s still hearing loss.

Usually, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the variety), the first thing you need to do is try to stop the damage. This is only one simple step you can take to safeguard your hearing from further damage.

Tip 1: Clean your Ears

Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those original hygiene lessons you learn (or should have learned), right? When it comes to hearing health, we’re not worried about the space behind your ears, but instead your inner ears.

Your hearing can be benefited in numerous ways by keeping your ears free of earwax:

  • Your brain and your ability to decipher sounds can be impacted over time by untreated hearing loss.
  • Sound waves will have a more difficult time getting into your inner ear if you have substantial buildup. Your hearing becomes jeopardized as a result.
  • Your ability to hear can be impeded by swelling which is caused by profound ear infection as a result of unclean ears. When your ear infection clears, your normal hearing will typically come back.
  • If you use hearing aids, earwax will also impede their operation. If this happens you might think that your hearing is getting even worse.

You should not ever try to use a cotton swab to dig out earwax. Cotton swabs can push the earwax further up into the ear canal and can cause even more damage. Instead, use over-the-counter ear drops.

Tip 2: Try to avoid loud noises that could lead to hearing loss

This one should be fairly obvious. But identifying what constitutes “loud sound” isn’t easy for most individuals. it isn’t just blaring speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears, freeway driving can be noisy enough to harm your ears over a long period of time. The motor on your lawnmower can be pretty straining on your ears too. And, be mindful to protect your hearing during those 4th of July fireworks!

Here are some practical ways to avoid noise damage:

  • Avoid cranking up the volume on your headphones when you’re streaming videos or listening to tunes. Most cellphones feature built-in warnings when you’re nearing a hazardous level.
  • Using an app on your phone to alert you when the volume reaches harmful levels.
  • Wearing ear protection when loud environments are unavoidable. If you want to go to a loud rock concert or if you work in a noisy factory that’s fine but don’t forget your ear protection. Contemporary earmuffs and earplugs give ample protection.

The damage to your ears from loud noises will build up slowly. So, even if your hearing “feels” good after a noisy event, that doesn’t mean it is. Only a hearing specialist can give your ears a clean bill of health.

Tip 3: Treat any hearing loss you may have

Generally speaking, hearing loss is cumulative. So you’ll be better able to avoid further damage if you catch it early. So when it comes to hearing loss, this is the reason why having it treated is so significant. Your hearing will be in the best possible condition when you stick to the treatment plan we will lay out for you.

Here’s how treatments work:

  • We will give you individualized instructions and guidance to help you avoid further damage to your hearing.
  • Brain strain, social withdrawal, and other hearing loss-associated health problems can be prevented by hearing aids.
  • Some, but not all damage can be avoided by hearing aids. For instance, hearing aids will prevent you from cranking your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Hearing can stop further deterioration of your hearing by preventing this type of damage.

Limit hearing loss – it will help you in the long run

Treatment is one of the primary ways to prevent hearing loss despite the fact that there is no cure. Treating your hearing loss properly will prevent additional damage while preserving your present level of hearing.

In the years to come you will be providing yourself with the best chance for healthy hearing if you get hearing loss treatment from us, use hearing protection, and practice good hygiene!

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