In some cases, hearing loss is unavoidable – such as in age-related hearing loss, but many cases are totally preventable.
If your hearing loss is age-related, it’s simply because the tiny hairs in your ears have started to break down and they don’t function as well as they used to. It’s a natural process.
But with noise-related hearing loss, the hairs have been damaged by either too much sound, or sound that is too loud for too long. It’s caused by not protecting yourself, and again, it’s totally preventable.
Avoid loud noises.
Bit of a no brainer, no? The louder and longer you are exposed to such sounds, the more damage you are doing.
If you work in a loud environment, you should wear earmuff-style protecting every single day.
Clubs, concerts, lawn mowers, chainsaws, and any other noise that forces you to shout so the person next to you can hear your voice all create dangerous levels of sound
Take care when wearing headphones and earbuds
Truthfully, the best case scenario would be to stop using them altogether. We understand though, that this may not be a feasible option.
So, if you must use them, we have some ideas on how to protect your hearing.
We mentioned this in the avoid loud noises part, but there are many instances where you simply cannot avoid loud noises. Lawns must be mowed. Felled trees must be cut into manageable chunks. Sometimes, concerts must be attended.
Be prepared with hearing protection that allows you to hear, but will keep the loud noise from damaging your hearing.
Regularly have your hearing checked.
We suggest having your hearing checked even before you think there might be damage. That gives you a baseline to go off of – if you visit again in a year and there is a drastic change, you will know that you have to do more to protect yourself.
Your hearing care professional can help you determine what’s best for you and your lifestyle.
If you want to learn more, or have questions, just let us know. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us.
We welcome you to call (631) 993-4719 to make an appointment today. Hearing starts with a conversation. Our friendly team is there for you throughout the process of identifying your needs, finding the right hearing aid (if that’s right for you), fitting, adjusting and following up with you. Your hearing satisfaction is our goal – and we measure our success through your wellness.