What is mixed hearing loss?
Mixed hearing loss arises when damage affects the ear’s conductive and sensorineural systems. The conductive system carries sound waves from the outer to the middle ear, and the sensorineural system transforms these waves into electrical signals for the brain.
I’ve been wondering how to improve hearing. Is there anything I can do?
Maintaining your hearing health is vital for clear communication, social connections, and overall well-being. Although age-related hearing loss is common, you can still take measures to enhance and safeguard your hearing.
- Shield your ears from high noise levels: Long-term exposure to intense noise is key to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Wear earplugs or earmuffs in loud environments such as concerts, firework displays, or around heavy machinery.
- Control earwax accumulation: Overabundance of earwax can obstruct the ear canal, reducing hearing. For safe removal methods, consult a healthcare professional.
- Address ear infections quickly: Ignoring ear infections may lead to hearing impairment. Get medical help if you notice ear pain, discharge, or hearing problems.
- Lead a healthy lifestyle: Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep benefit your overall health, including your ears.
- Be cautious of ototoxic medicines: Some drugs, including certain antibiotics and diuretics, can harm the inner ear. If you’re using such medications, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
- Regularly check your hearing: Having your hearing tested frequently by an audiologist can help catch any changes early, allowing for prompt action.
- Explore hearing aids: If hearing loss hinders your daily activities, hearing aids can amplify sounds, enhancing communication. Discuss with your audiologist about the best options.
- Adopt hearing techniques: Improve your listening experience by facing speakers, reducing background noise, and asking for clarification when needed.
Where can I discover more about my hearing health?
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