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10 Tips for Managing Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss is a common condition that will affect most of us at some point during our lives. Whether you are old or young, hearing loss can be caused by many different factors and once you start to experience it, you should go to an audiologist and seek help in treatment and management

Today we are going to look at some of the ways you can manage hearing loss effectively, to make your life a little easier. There are many ways for you to manage your hearing loss and still enjoy a great lifestyle. 

Get an Exam 

The first thing you should do if you begin to suspect you have a hearing issue is to go for a hearing test and get advice. Your doctor will examine your ear and look for any damage, swelling or blockage and will discuss your lifestyle to find out some of the possible causes. Once you have had a hearing exam you’ll be able to move forward with a treatment plan. 

Try an App Hearing Test

During the pandemic, you may not be able to go to your doctor to get a hearing test and in this case, there are apps you can use on your mobile or tablet to help you test moderate or mild hearing loss from the comfort of your home. 

Remove Earwax 

Very often, the reason behind hearing loss will be that of a build-up of wax in the ears blocking your ear drum. Make sure before you stick a q tip in your ear that you consider the actual ramifications of doing so and the damage it could cause your ear. The safer way for you to remove earwax is by either using ear drops to dissolve the wax and remove it or by syringing water into your ear to remove the wax without pushing it further towards your drum. 

Get a Hearing Aid 

If your hearing loss seems to be having an impact on your day-to-day life, it is important for you to consider getting a hearing aid to improve your quality of life each and every day. Installing a hearing aid will allow you to amplify sounds around you and it will make a positive impact on your life.

Avoid Loud Noise Risk 

One of the biggest risks when it comes to hearing loss is exposure to loud noises. As you live your life you will be exposed to things such as loud music or machinery – and you need to try and reduce the damage this does to your ears if you are to reduce your hearing loss. Make sure to reduce noise levels and you will manage your hearing loss better.

Eat a Healthier Diet 

Diet has an impact on your health – and those who are diabetic or have high blood pressure are at higher risk of hearing issues such as tinnitus. Make sure to eat a healthy and balanced diet and you may see improvements in your hearing and overall health. 

Use Other Assistive Listening Tools 

There are other listening systems you can use alongside a hearing aid to help manage your hearing loss. Tv listening systems, phone amplifiers and other tools can be useful and it is worth exploring these. 

Tell Friends and Family 

When you find out you have hearing loss it is important that you tell the people closest to you in order to get support and also let them know that the issue exists. Hearing loss can impact relationships if people feel like they have to repeat themselves constantly, but if they know it is due to a medical issue this will help heal and rebuild. Family and friends will be able to support to in your journey and it is good to have that. 

Get Rid of Background Noise 

When concentrating on one sound such as a person talking, make sure to get rid of any background noise that may distract you. This is an important tip and will make your life easier. 

Ask People to Speak Clearly

When talking to others, ask them to speak clearly and pronounce their words better. You don’t need to ask them to speak louder as more clearly should help you much better. Once people start doing this you’ll have a much easier time understanding them.

You can earn more about Rametta Audiology & Hearing Aid Center and call us today at Tarentum: (724) 224-6811 and Vandergrift: (724) 567-7381 to get some expert advice and tips for managing your hearing loss this year.