Recently, when I was at my younger brother’s birthday party, my Dad made a reference to having tinnitus (fundamentally an occasional-level ringing in the ears) and I informed him that I’d made a joke about tinnitus in a recent article (for those concerned, the gag was that it made things sound ‘a bit tinny’ – Not one of my better japes, I acknowledge, but whatever…). He looked at me like I had just farted in church while I rapidly changed the topic.
So, if you are struggling with hearing loss or tinnitus, what is it possible to do about it?
The truth is that hearing troubles are largely caused by damage to the inner ear. A method this will happen is because of continuous bombardment of noises over 110 decibels. According to new information, the noise wears away the myelin casing, which is the coating that protects the nerve cells of your inner ear.
The excellent news is, yet, that the myelin sheath will, generally, repair itself, so all you’ll want to do is TURN THE VOLUME DOWN or simply leave your iPod in the home for a number of days and you should start seeing improvements.
Sometimes, however, damage to the inner ear is so great that your body merely won’t be able to fix itself. In this case, you’ll need to coach yourself to deal with your newfound disability. It is a process that may cause serious melancholy and concern if not adequately confronted and dealt with.
The Beaumont Health Scheme gives some useful tips for managing hearing loss on their website. As outlined by them, hearing loss could be combated you follow these three steps:
1. Be an advocate for yourself. Others cannot guess what you need. By hiding a hearing loss you will miss conversation and may respond inappropriately and cause further miscommunication. Tell others if you are having difficulty understanding. If you don’t understand what someone has said ask him or her to rephrase the message, not just repeat it. Often this will help improve your understanding.
2. Educate others regarding hearing loss. Many do not understand why you can hear that they are talking but cannot understand what you are saying. They also don’t know what they can do to help. Ask others to talk more slowly and clearly and not to obstruct their mouths.
3. Manipulate your environment to your advantage. Hearing clearly when there is background noise is probably the biggest challenge for people with hearing loss. When you can, choose quiet listening environments. In a restaurant, request to be seated in a quiet area away from the door and the kitchen. Partitions and low ceilings may be helpful to reduce noise. Also carpet and upholstery may help to reduce echo, which may help you to understand speech more clearly. Good lighting may also be helpful so that you can see the speaker’s face and gestures.
Another ordinary (and fixable) problem is a build up of earwax. Which is simple enough to resolve via regular use of the cotton bud. If that does not work, it is consistantly possible to get your ears syringed, which is really a thoroughly disgusting (but genuinely successful) method for clearing out one’s lugholes.
Your audible range will degrade as you grow old (like most things you hold dear I’m afraid, up to and featuring: your metabolism, sexual potency, muscle tone, skin, charm and hair colour). Yup. Sucks getting old.
Lastly, if you’re going through serious hearing problems, try to minimize any future harm. The way it says on WikiHow:
“Although you can’t reverse the hearing loss you’ve already suffered, you can take steps to keep it from getting worse. Reduce your exposure to loud, sustained noises[. If noisiness like this is part of your job (say you’re a construction worker or employed at a concert venue), consider wearing specialty ear plugs or changing jobs. If you wear earbuds or headphones to listen to music, keep the volume low or moderate. Try to reduce your exposure to high volumes overall, and you’ll reduce future hearing loss”.
It’s also highly recommended to find a doctor. I am not a doctor. I’m a contract writer with access to Google. If you believe that everything mentioned in the above piece is affecting you, then please make an appointment with the local GP.