Hearing loss could be caused by many different things. It could be due to aging, hereditary, triggered by infections, excessively loud noises, or a consequence of injury or toxins. Fortunately, there are treatment options to correct most hearing loss types.
Our audiologists here at Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants, can help you figure out why you have hearing loss and recommend proper treatment for it in our Southfield, Novi, Livonia, St. Clair Shores, or Detroit, MI, office. With that said, here are some common hearing loss risk factors and ways that you can reduce your risk of developing hearing loss.
Electronics Volume Control
Whenever possible, keep the radio, TV, and other electronic devices’ volume as low as possible, especially if you’re wearing earphones or headphones. Speakers in vehicles are usually played too loud to drown out traffic and engine noise, increasing the volume that you are subjecting your ears to.
Excessive Noise During Work
In general, the noise level at work shouldn’t go over 85dB. Otherwise, always wear ear protection. This is especially crucial if your work involves using loud machinery and tools like power drills or lawnmowers. Additionally, noise-reducing techniques like wall coverings or carpeting could help minimize noise pollution in noisy workplaces.
Concert, Bars, and Discos
Always bring some kind of ear protection (earplugs will do). Never stand next to a speaker and refrain from staying in a very noisy environment for extended periods of time.
Infections and Diseases
Ear infections typically result from bacteria and are most common in children. In cases like these, you should never delay treatment and seek help from your audiologist in our Southfield, Novi, Livonia, St. Clair Shores, or Detroit, MI, locations. Take note that even washing the ears with dirty water could trigger a bacterial infection that could result in hearing loss. Further, certain childhood illnesses like mumps, whooping cough, and measles could lead to deafness.
Foreign Bodies Inside The Ear
Aside from teaching your kids to not put anything inside their ears, don’t use cotton buds for cleaning the ears either. Cotton buds don’t always manage to remove earwax and instead push it deeper into the ears, increasing the risk of developing an infection. So, when cleaning the ears, use water instead or have a professional do it for you.
For More Tips on Preventing Hearing Loss, We Can Help
Schedule a consultation with one of the audiologists here at Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants. You can reach our Southfield, Novi, Livonia, St. Clair Shores, and Detroit, MI, by calling (248) 569-5985.