3 Tips To Reverse Hearing Loss

Reverse Hearing Loss

You  will know a word is harmful—and has done lasting damage—if your ears ring after you move away from its source

More than half of people in their 50s have some degree of hearing loss. But the Stones and The Who may not be entirely to blame. In fact, some deficits are temporary and can easily be reversed. Here are three common reason of hearing loss in midlife adults—and how to turn the volume back up.

Clogged Ears

About 13 million people (that’s 1 in 20 adults) visit the doctor each year to have earwax removed, according to a report from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). Peter Roland, MD, professor and chairman of the department of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center says ” “We can hear with as little as 3 to 5{754741679431ceb09efae6e94320565469f785b1bbff1b66db1121ae80245ef8} of the canal clear, so it may take years for enough wax to accumulate to stifle hearing,”  But if water gets in—while you shower, for example—it can cause wax to swell and create a blockage.” When that happens, patients often worry they’ve suddenly gone deaf. Fortunately (and to their relief), hearing is immediately restored after their ears are cleared.

Clogs, which can cause pain, dizziness and a full feeling in the ears, require a visit to your doctor or an otolaryngologist. The AAO has okayed three treatments: wax-dissolving solutions, irrigation (squirting a jet of water or saline into the canal to break up wax and allow the canal to empty), and manual removal (using an instrument such as a suctioning device to pull wax out). Your physician will determine which one is the  best choice for you.

Undiagnosed Allergy

Blocked sinuses caused by colds, infections of sinus, and allergies can temporarily cause hearing loss when the Eustachian tube—the channel responsible for regulating ear pressure—swells shut, sucking fluid into the ear space, says Roland. What appears to be a recurring cold may actually be an undiagnosed allergy that secure your ears from clearing, leaving them chronically blocked. Identifying and treating the hearing loss condition will help you cut down on attacks and better manage the chronic congestion and buildup of fluid that cause muffled hearing.

NSAIDs

Timothy C. Hain, MD, professor of neurology, otolaryngology, and physical therapy at Northwestern University says that, High doses of aspirin (more than 10 a day) or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (800 mg, three times a day) can cause tinnitus—a disruptive and irritating noise in the head without an external sound source.

Worse, NSAIDs also temporarily disable the ear’s protective outer hair cells, leaving you more vulnerable to sound damage, according to Hain. (Taking a daily baby aspirin of 81 mg for heart health does not damage hearing or cause tinnitus, he adds.) Tolerance varies, and some people are more sensitive to lower doses. If you notice ringing after starting these medications, ask your doctor about switching to acetaminophen, which doesn’t affect ears.

Protect Your Ears from These Everyday Noisemakers

BLENDERS AND COFFEE GRINDERS: Some models may exceed 90 dB. Muffle the sound by wrapping a large kitchen towel around the base, where the motor is, when in use.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Older models can exceed the safety threshold. Use earplugs when standing near the sink while the disposal’s running.

MP3 PLAYER: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association tested various MP3 players and found that an iPod set at 50{754741679431ceb09efae6e94320565469f785b1bbff1b66db1121ae80245ef8} volume pumps out up to 101 dB, well over the recommended safety threshold.

HAIR DRYER: Set on high, a typical model can reach 95 dB; even with normal use, its close proximity to ears is enough to cause damage.

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