How Can I Prevent Hearing Loss?

by | Feb 28, 2020 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

Preventing Hearing Loss

When doctors first diagnose a patient with hearing loss at Audicles, a question they often ask is, “What could I have done to prevent this?” In truth, there are no straightforward answers.

In some cases, preventative measures are effective in reducing the severity of a hearing loss. But in others, there’s no way of limiting damage to an auditory system.

Every person’s hearing loss is unique, but there are ways that most types can be managed or prevented.

Genetic hearing loss

Some people acquire hereditary forms of hearing loss. Often, they will be diagnosed before they reach two months, while others will find out later in life.

There is no way to prevent hearing loss that’s been passed on through your genes. But there are ways to limit its impact, as hearing loss worsens over time.

Importantly, those with genetic hearing loss should have regular check-ups, where a certified audiologist can examine their condition and prescribe a solution, reducing its decline.

Noise-induced hearing loss

Noise-induced hearing comes from exposure to very loud sounds, causing lasting damage to a person’s eardrum or auditory nerves. In some cases, this can be prevented.

Some will acquire noise-induced hearing loss over time, which can be prevented with ear protection. If they work with heavy machinery, for example, they should use earplugs or earmuffs at all times.

But others acquire this hearing loss from exposure to a single loud noise. Military personnel may unexpectedly witness an explosion, causing permanent damage, for instance.

If someone has noise-induced hearing loss, audiologists can advise a course of treatment to mitigate their symptoms and help them stem their auditory deterioration.

Wax build-up and blockages

Some people may experience hearing loss symptoms because they either have a build-up of wax inside their ear or a foreign object is blocking their ear canal.

Often, this can be both uncomfortable and concerning. But those with this condition can effectively prevent it by booking regular check-ups with their audiologist.

Audicles recommends patients come once a year for a hearing evaluation, where issues such as these can be addressed. Doctors refer those with the most severe conditions to ear, nose, and throat physicians.

Ear infections

In San Antonio, many people suffer from sinus issues and allergies due to climate and environmental conditions. These can often lead to ear infections.

There aren’t any ways to prevent these from occurring, but those who are susceptible should visit their audiologist as soon as their symptoms take hold.

Doctors offer referrals to ear, nose, and throat physicians who can treat conditions medically. Those that have regular infections can acquire permanent hearing loss, so it’s essential to address this quickly.

What if I’m concerned

If you begin to sense that your hearing is not as it once was, the first course of action should be to book an appointment with an audiologist.

Our doctors can provide a full and extensive hearing evaluation and advise you on the best solution – whether this is medical or physical treatment.

They can also recommend a raft of preventative measures to protect your hearing into the future, so you know exactly how to manage a problem.

Worried about your hearing or know someone who is? Why not contact us about a call-back and book a hearing evaluation today!

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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.