In recent times, when I was at my younger brother’s birthday party, my Dad made a reference to having tinnitus (basically a low-level ringing within the ears) and I told him that I had made a joke about tinnitus in a recent post (for those concerned, the funny story was that it made things sound ‘a bit tinny’ – Not amongst my better japes, I confess, but whatever…). He looked at me like I had just farted in church while I quickly changed the topic.
So, if you are suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus, what is it possible to do about it?
The fact is that hearing problems are principally attributable to damage to the inner ear. A technique this can happen is because of steady bombardment of noises over 110 decibels. According to new advice, the noise wears away the myelin casing, which is the coating that protects the nerve cells of the inner ear.
The excellent news is, however, that the myelin sheath will, typically, repair itself, so all you have to do is TURN THE VOLUME DOWN or just leave your iPod in the home for a few days and you should start seeing improvements.
Now and then, though, damage to the inner ear is so large that your body merely will not manage to mend itself. In this case, you’ll need to train yourself to deal with your newfound incapacity. It is a process that may produce serious sadness and concern if not adequately confronted and dealt with.
The Beaumont Health System gives some helpful tips for dealing with hearing loss on their internet site. According to them, hearing loss can 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 widespread (and fixable) trouble is a build up of earwax. Which is straightforward enough to solve via regular use of the cotton bud. If that doesn’t work, it is always possible to get your ears syringed, which is a absolutely disgusting (but genuinely successful) method for defrayal out one’s ears.
Your audible range will degrade as you get older (like most things you hold dear I’m afraid, up to and including: your metabolism, sexual potency, muscle tone, skin, attractiveness and hair colour). Yup. Sucks getting old.
Lastly, if you’re facing serious hearing troubles, try to reduce any potential damage. 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 is also highly recommended to find a doctor. I’m not a physician. I am a freelance writer with access to Google. If you suspect that everything mentioned within the above post is affecting you, then please make an appointment with your local Doctor.