Protecting your ears is the key to hearing loss prevention. If your job exposes you to hazardous noises, make sure proper safety equipment is provided, and that it meets state and federal regulations. Hearing protection – earplugs and earmuffs – are essential when working around loud equipment. It’s always a good idea to bring along earplugs if you’re participating in a noisy recreational activity (e.g., a football game or rock concert), as well.
At home, limit your exposure to noisy activities, and keep the volume down – on the television, stereo and especially when it comes to personal listening devices. Prevent other types of hearing loss by refraining from inserting cotton swabs or other objects into your ears, blowing your nose gently through both nostrils and quitting smoking. Studies show those who use tobacco are more likely to suffer from hearing loss.
Regardless of your age, have your hearing tested regularly. Early detection is key. While noise-related hearing loss can’t be reversed, you can still take steps to avoid further damage to your hearing.
To protect your hearing, please call to schedule your Hillcrest appointment for custom ear plugs. We fit customer ear plugs for children and adults in each of our offices.
Preventing Hearing Loss from Diseases
Some diseases and viruses can cause hearing loss (measles, mumps, whooping cough and rubella). Bacterial diseases such as (meningitis, tuberculosis and syphilis) can also lead to hearing damage. Acoustic neuroma – tumors on the hearing nerve (usually benign) – may contribute to hearing loss.
Hillcrest/Southwest Ohio ENT Specialists’ medical approach ensures a comprehensive diagnosis of your hearing loss.
Medication and Hearing Loss
Some drugs may cause damage to your hearing. These include certain antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, salicylate pain relievers (e.g., aspirin), quinine (for treating malaria) and diuretics. In order to reduce your odds of hearing loss when taking medications, follow these tips:
- If you experience symptoms of hearing loss when taking a new medication, contact your health care provider immediately.
- Take medications only as directed.
Preventing Ear Injuries
Head trauma may damage the temporal bones in the lower lateral walls of the skull, leading to hearing loss. To help prevent this type of injury, use seatbelts and helmets as indicated and take efforts to avoid falls.
Do not insert any objects smaller than your elbow to clear earwax! Cotton swabs, paperclips, hair pins inserted can lead to impacted earwax, a perforated eardrum or damage to the skin.
Use swim plugs when engaging in water activities and be sure to dry your ears thoroughly after swimming or bathing. Seek prompt medical attention if you are suffering from an ear infection.