Hearing Loss Prevention

Feb 1, 2011 by

Did you know that hearing loss can often times be prevented? Hearing loss can come from exposure to loud sounds without ear protection.  Hearing loss also worsens with age, which is known as presbycusis. It is important especially at a young age to take steps to prevent hearing loss before your hearing gets worse. Hearing loss can come from things other than loud noises like ear wax blockages, ear infections, swimmers ear, and eardrum ruptures.  These issues are treatable and rarely lead to permanent hearing problems, but can be a cause of temporary discomfort in your ear.  Roughly one third of people between ages 65 to 75 experience some form of hearing loss, and 50 percent of people over the age of 75 experience hearing loss. Luckily, there are things you can do to help decrease your chances of being a victim of hearing loss.

Protecting your ears at the work place is important for people who work amongst loud noises. You can purchase special “earmuffs” which look like in-ear headphones to help protect your ears. They also make custom molded ear plugs which are also another great option. Avoiding areas that you know will be loud can also help. Recreational risks come from hunting, working with motors, listening to loud music over a long period of time, etc. It is advised that you try to wear ear protection as much as possible when engaging in these types of recreational risks.

Most importantly in hearing loss prevention involves having your hearing periodically tested. Hearing tests are recommended for everyone, but even more so for people who find themselves in a naturally loud environment.  Testing is the only way to achieve early detection of hearing loss. Once hearing loss has begun, it is irreversible.  Luckily, our qualified hearing doctors at the Hear Florida Audiology Group can discuss what options and/or hearing loss treatments are best for you.