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Millions of Americans experience some degree of hearing loss in their lifetime. Hearing loss can affect both children and adults. Hearing loss may come naturally with age, but it can also be due to frequent ear infections, noise exposure, earwax buildup, and more.
While not all types of hearing loss can be prevented, there are some things that you can do to help reduce the risks of hearing loss. This Audiology Awareness Month, learn more about how you can take better care of your hearing:
Use Hearing Protection Whenever Possible
Hearing protection is critical for long-term hearing health, especially if you are often around loud noises like heavy machinery/equipment and firearms. Sound intensity is measured in decibels (dB); prolonged exposure to noise above 70dB can cause severe damage to your ears.
You can use either earplugs or earmuffs to block out hazardous noise and prevent your ears from getting damaged. If by any chance you don’t have your hearing protection equipment ready, you can also find a quieter place and increase your distance from the source of the noise. At The Hearing Doctor, we can help you select appropriate hearing protection based on your needs and lifestyle. We make customized hearing protection shaped specifically for your ears, has Bluetooth capabilities, and is rechargeable. Contact us for more information on what options are available.
Check Your Medications
Some medications and drugs can have side effects of hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance problems. The severity can vary depending on the drug, the dosage, and how long you’ve been taking it.
Certain drugs used to treat serious infections, cancers, and other diseases are commonly considered ototoxic. Some over-the-counter pain relievers can have these effects, as well. There are more than 600 drugs that can potentially cause hearing loss. If you’re suddenly experiencing side effects after taking any of these drugs, promptly discuss this matter with your physician.
Have Your Ears Tested From Time to Time
It’s essential to have your ears checked and tested by a professional audiologist from time to time. Just like a wellness check or eye exam, we recommend having your hearing tested annually. The Audiologist will look into your ears and can easily spot abnormalities like ear infections and earwax buildup. Checking your hearing once a year can also help track and monitor your hearing status. Early detection of hearing loss can help prevent the severe progression of symptoms over time.
Don’t let hearing loss deter you from enjoying life. If you or your loved ones are experiencing hearing issues, schedule an appointment with us at The Hearing Doctor today. Talk to one of our hearing experts to learn more about your condition.