Can Tinnitus be Prevented?
If you’ve ever heard a consistent ringing, buzzing or hissing noise in your ears, then there’s a good chance that you’ve developed tinnitus. Many people around the world suffer from tinnitus and its severity can range from being barely noticeable to keeping you up at night. Some people only experience their tinnitus for a few seconds while others have to cope with it for hours each day. It’s certainly not a pleasant experience, but it’s also something that can easily be prevented with the right measures.
Tinnitus often occurs when your ears experience acoustic trauma. This means that exposure to loud noises, sharp bangs and other high-decibel sounds can cause tinnitus. They can temporarily cause tinnitus if you’re not careful, but if you’re exposed to those sounds for a long them then it can quickly become a chronic condition.
So in this article, we’re going to talk about a couple of ways in which you can protect yourself and prevent tinnitus from ever becoming a problem in your life.
1. Wear hearing protection
A tip that applies to any lifestyle is to wear hearing protection. Whether you’re working on a construction yard or in a concert venue, make sure you utilize hearing aids to help reduce the volume of incoming sounds. This will ensure that you protect your ears and it’s also a very cheap solution. If your workplace doesn’t provide hearing protection, then you may want to take the problem up to a worker’s union or human resources because it’s your employer’s responsibility to ensure your safety and well-being.
2. Keep your ears clean
Tinnitus can also be caused by ear infections which can happen due to uncleanly situations. For instance, if you regularly swap earphones with people, get sweat in your ears and fail to clean them properly, then you’re a prime target to develop an infection that can lead to tinnitus. Make sure you speak to your audiologist if you believe that your ears are developing an infection and clean your ears more regularly with a bit of water and a cloth. You shouldn’t be using cotton swabs because all it does is push the ear wax further into your ear canal, so cleaning around the canal and ear is good enough to keep you free from infection.
3. Take regular breaks
If you’re forced to withstand loud music then it’s a good idea to take breaks on a regular basis. This will ensure that your ears have time to rest from the acoustic trauma and it’s a way to let your ears relax should they be stressed from a loud and cluttered environment. Regular breaks will help you avoid tinnitus, so utilize them especially if you work in a loud environment.
As you can see, tinnitus is a very common condition that can happen easily if you’re not careful. We recommend visiting an audiologist if you feel that your tinnitus is starting to affect your daily life, and we also recommend that you start wearing hearing protection as soon as possible if you’re exposed to loud sounds on a regular basis.