Every year, a few million Americans suffer from some facet of hearing loss. Sometimes, the hearing loss is permanent and untreatable. Other times, hearing loss can be combated with hearing aids. Occasionally, hearing loss can be undone completely.
Yes, you read right. Sometimes hearing loss can be reversed. At the end of this article, you will have a list of five things that disrupt hearing and the best ways to fight them off.
Turn down The Sound
Hearing loss is caused when noises break down the tiny inner hair cells in the ear. These cells send a signal to a nerve that sends a signal to the brain. Loud noises cause about 33.3% of all hearing loss. Loud music, TV, talking on the phone and other loud everyday noises can cause ringing in the ears. This is an early sign of hearing loss.
To avoid losing your hearing from loud noises, turn down the sound! Turn down the volume on your music and TV to help you keep those sensitive ear cells healthy.
Clean your Ears
Another completely reversible cause of hearing loss is too much earwax. Ear wax can build up in the ear canal over many years which are why some people begin to lose hearing in the middle part of their life. Even worse, when the ear canal gets wet (as with swimming or bathing), the ear wax can swell and affect your hearing. Cleaning your ears yourself can make things worse so, sometimes the best thing to do is talk to your doctor and have your ears cleaned by them.
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Clogged Sinuses, Clogged Hearing
You have probably heard of clogged sinuses, but I bet you did not know that your sinuses can affect your hearing. Blocked sinuses from allergies, colds, and other illnesses can clog your ears. An allergy can even prevent the ears from ever clearing. Also being sick can cause the pressure channels in your ear to swell and close, so in these cases, it is best to visit your physician for a diagnosis. Treating the infection or allergy will relieve the congestion and restore your hearing.
Pill Popper, Sound Stopper
High doses of pain medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin can cause tinnitus, a condition that creates a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear canal. This can have an extremely adverse effect on the hearing. Usually, if you stop taking the medications, your hearing will return to normal.
You Hear What You Eat
Interestingly enough, little vitamin D can attribute to hearing loss. When your body lacks vitamin D, it causes insufficient amounts of calcium to develop in the fluid of the inner ear. Without calcium, the small bones of the inner ear become spongy. This porous state absorbs sounds in the ear canal which can make the sounds you hear seem muffled. You can counteract these effects by getting a lot of sunshine, eating food that is Vitamin D rich and taking Vitamin D pills orally.
Hearing loss is not fun for anybody, but it is not the end of the world. Proper knowledge and research can help you figure out what is going on and how best to deal with it. Talk to your doctor and take care of yourself the best that you can.