Is Your Hearing Health In Danger?

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If you’re not actively paying attention to the potential dangers that pose a threat to your ears, you might find that your hearing health is at risk of being harmed. There’s a lot that can cause hearing loss, and it’s best you know all about it if you’re going to avoid it. Even if you feel like you’re not at risk because it’s not too common for people at a young age, it’s still possible if you’re careless about how you treat your ears. The eardrum is one of the most fragile parts of your body, and it’s up to you to protect it.

Is hearing loss permanent?

Hearing loss can mean a lot of things, and it’s not always a sign of permanent hearing impairment. Some forms of hearing loss will only last for a few weeks or until the problem itself has been sorted out by a professional.

If you ever experience hearing loss, then you should consider contacting a professional about it immediately. Whether it be your doctor, an audiologist, or an ENT doctor, you should be sure to find out what’s going on. You shouldn’t panic, as there are a number of possible causes.

One of the more common causes is through a build-up of earwax. Having too much earwax that blocks up your ear is going to cause your hearing to become somewhat distorted or muffled. At this point, you should make sure you’re not trying to clear it out yourself. You should see a professional, who will then either retrieve the earwax themselves or prescribe eardrops that help to break it down gradually in your ear.

On the other hand, there are causes of hearing loss that can be permanent. If you’ve pushed something into your ear and perforated your eardrum, it can be hard to repair the damage that has been done, and it might not heal by itself. In this case, you might experience permanent hearing loss, which can still be treated; but you’ll need to speak to a professional.

How can you protect it?

There are many scenarios that people put themselves in that can cause damage to their ears. It’s important that you have hearing protection with you so that your hearing health is not at risk. For example, bringing custom hearing protection with you wherever you go can help to make sure you have them ready. You can protect your ears during concerts, at work, or if you spend time in loud environments in general.

Then there’s also preventing things from entering your ears. Anything from foreign objects to liquids could cause a problem for your hearing health. You should never put something into your ear unless it was recommended by a professional. It’s common for people to put cotton swabs or their own fingers into their ear, but you should avoid that if possible, as it will cause the earwax to be pushed in further. Your cotton swab can also damage your eardrum, so it’s best to just not risk it.


Lauren Bull is a writer living in Jersey City. If you have a minute, she'd love to be the 18th person to tell you how great The Wire is.

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