Listen up! Don’t take your ears for granted. Hearing loss can affect the quality of your life. Modern life has added a host of ear-damaging elements to the list. There are so many untreatable cases of hearing loss, prevention is the best way to keep hearing long-term. Each type of hearing loss may have several different causes, let’s see!
Some head trauma can dislocate ear bones or cause nerve damage, causing permanent hearing loss. Sudden changes in pressure from jumping or scuba diving can lead to damage to the eardrum and causing hearing loss. Eardrums usually heal in a few weeks. In serious cases you may need surgery. Sticking cotton or other objects into your ear is a bad idea. Doing so can make your eardrum go worse and cause permanent damage.
Some medicines are known to cause hearing loss as a potential side effect. These include certain antibiotics and cancer medicine. In some cases, hearing-related side effects go away when you stop taking the medication.
Certain chronic diseases can cause hearing loss. Some cause harm by interrupting blood flow to the ear or the brain. These conditions include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Arthritis also can be linked to some forms of hearing loss.
Sometimes it is caused by very loud and sudden noises. Theaters, concerts, firecrackers or other explosions create powerful sound waves. These can rupture your eardrum and damage the inner ear. The result can be immediate and have a temporary hearing loss (for few days or few weeks) and in some cases may result in permanent damage.
HEADPHONES, EARPHONES & EARBUDS
Can others hear the music and lyrics you are listening to through earphones? If so, you may want to turn down the volume. Using headphones or earbuds can cause temporary or permanent hearing changes. The louder the volume and the longer listening time, the greater your risks may be. For safer listening, lower the volume and limit listening time for few minutes to 1 hour maximum.