In recent times, when I was at my younger brother’s birthday party, my Dad made a allusion to having tinnitus (basically a low-level ringing within the ears) and I informed him that I had made a joke about tinnitus in a recent article (for those interested, the joke was that it made things sound ‘a little tinny’ – Not one of my better japes, I acknowledge, but whatever…). He looked at me like I’d just farted in church while I rapidly changed the topic.
So, if you’re being affected by hearing damage or tinnitus, what can you do about it?
The fact is that hearing problems are mainly caused by damage in the inner ear. A method this will happen is due to continuous bombardment of noises over 110 decibels. According to new information, the noise wears away the myelin casing, which is a coating that protects the nerve cells of your inner ear.
The good news is, however, that the myelin sheath will, typically, repair itself, so all you have to do is TURN THE VOLUME DOWN or simply leave your iPod at home for a number of days and you should start seeing improvements.
Every now and then, however, damage to the inner ear is so big that the body merely won’t manage to repair itself. In this case, you will need to train yourself to deal with your newfound incapacity. It is a process that can cause serious melancholy and anxiety if not adequately confronted and dealt with.
The Beaumont Health Scheme gives some useful tips for dealing with hearing loss on their site. According to them, hearing loss can be combated you follow these 3 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 common (and fixable) issue is a build up of earwax. Which is simple enough to resolve via usual use of a cotton bud. If that doesn’t work, it’s always possible to get your ears syringed, which is really a totally disgusting (but genuinely effectual) technique for defrayal out one’s lugholes.
Your hearing will degrade as you age (like most things you hold dear I’m fearful, up to and featuring: your metabolism, sexual potency, muscle tone, skin, charm and hair colour). Yup. Sucks getting old.
Finally, if you are going through serious hearing troubles, try to reduce any future damage. As 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 advisable to see a doctor. I’m not a doctor. I am a freelance writer with access to Google. If you believe that everything mentioned within the above post is affecting you, then please make an appointment with your local Doctor.