Experiencing hearing loss can be quite a disorienting, overwhelming thing to happen to a person. Most of us don’t go through life thinking about the potential for hearing loss very often, meaning that if it does happen, we often don’t know how to cope with it – or even what to do next.
In this blog we will explore some of the reasons for hearing loss, and three steps you should take if you experience it. Shall we get started?
Why might you experience hearing loss?
Firstly, let us briefly explore the reasons for hearing loss. Some of the reasons people lose hearing in one or both ears are…
- A trauma, such as a blow to the side of the head or an extremely loud noise.
- Getting older!
- An infection in the ear or sinuses.
- Long term exposure to loud noises such as construction equipment or live music.
Now we’ve covered some of the common reasons for hearing loss, let’s take a look at three steps you need to take if you experience hearing loss.
Remain calm at all times.
The first thing to remember is that hearing loss is not as scary as it might feel. Although it can be scary to feel like you are less able to hear the noises around you, and it can take time to adjust, make sure to try and remain calm. Increasing your stress levels can only serve to worsen the problem, so make sure you are taking steps to decrease your anxiety about hearing loss.
This could be by visiting a therapist to talk through your adjustment, or using meditation techniques to calm your nerves.
Visit your doctor.
The next step is to visit your local medical centre. Even minor hearing loss is worth checking out, because it could be a sign of a larger problem. No matter whether you know how the hearing loss has come about, or not, you need to visit your doctor to see if everything is okay.
In all likelihood, your hearing loss is not a serious concern and can be treated easily. Make sure that you fully disclose all the circumstances surrounding your hearing loss to your doctor, to ensure they give you the right treatment.
Create a treatment plan.
After visiting with your doctor, they will advise you on a treatment plan that will be ideal for the situation you are in. Depending on the cause of your hearing loss, and how severe it is, there may be varying levels of treatment to help fix, or at least improve, the issues.
Some common hearing loss treatments are:
Hearing aids. Both in-ear and traditional hearing aids will be made available to you if they can help you go through life more comfortably.
Antibiotics. In the case of an ear infection that has caused your hearing loss, you’ll be provided with the appropriate antibiotics to treat this!
If you are searching for ways to cope with hearing loss, this step by step guide is a good starting point!