Possible Causes of Hearing Loss

June 7, 2020 6:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Our ears are delicate organs, and when they start to decline, it can be devastating. For anyone who loves music, lively conversations or simply not straining to understand what people are saying, hearing damage in California seems like a cruel punishment. That’s why it’s so important to understand what causes hearing damage, avoid those situations when possible and get regular hearing screenings. Once your hearing is gone, it’s gone. That’s why there’s no better time than now to start taking care of your ears:

  • Earwax: Wax buildup can cause hearing loss, but the good news is that it’s usually temporary. Ear drops can help soften the wax and remove it from your ear canal, and for particularly troublesome blockages, your doctor will be able to help remove it. Whatever you do, don’t try to remove the earwax with any tools on your own.
  • Q-tips: Speaking of removing earwax, you’re not still jamming Q-tips into your ear canals, are you? Save the swabs for crafts or makeup removal—when you use Q-tips in your ear, you might be jamming the earwax farther back into your ear canal. If you’ve got a blockage, be sure to visit your doctor, or try the aforementioned wax-softening ear drops.
  • Some medications: Certain medications can damage your hearing, including NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen. Others can cause vertigo and tinnitus, and while the hearing issues usually end after you stop taking the medication, certain kinds can permanently damage your inner ear. Talk to your doctor if you notice any of these side effects—they can help you prevent further issues.
  • Using headphones: Blasting music through your headphones is a great way to block out the rest of the world, but it could permanently damage your hearing in the process. You can listen to something at the max volume, but you have to limit it to five minutes per day. Otherwise, try for 60 percent volume for 60 minutes per day. If you use earbuds, be particularly careful, as they are more prone to causing damage than regular headphones.
  • Loud concerts and movies: Loud concerts and even movies can damage your hearing—if you’re heading out to see something with a lot of explosions, guitar-smashing or both, be sure to bring a pair of earplugs along. If you’re a music purist, get musician’s earplugs, which filter out harmful noise while still allowing you to hear music and conversations. (It’s better than attending a concert and not being able to hear anything.)
  • Smoking: Did you know that 70 percent of smokers develop hearing loss, tinnitus or balance-related issues? Smoking can affect your hearing and your inner ear. You probably already know you should quit for your health, but that includes your hearing health, too.

Are you suffering from hearing damage in California or just hoping to prevent it from happening? Regular hearing screenings with an audiologist are the best way to monitor your hearing health. Reach out to Valley Hearing Center – Salinas today to schedule a free hearing test.

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