Hearing loss is the result of damage to the inner ear. At this point, this type of damage is irreversible, with the only treatments being hearing aids, assistive listening devices, implantable devices, and aural rehabilitation. Noise exposure is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, especially hearing losses that emerge earlier in life (before the age of 60). Noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented, in many cases, through baseline hearing screenings, the consistent and correct use of ear protection in noisy environments, limiting the volume on portable audio devices and routine hearing screenings.
Some indications that ear protection or prevention strategies may be warranted:
The beauty of ear protection is that there are many low cost solutions available to protect your hearing! Ear protection can take many forms, from inexpensive foam plugs, to over the ear, earmuffs, to noise cancelling earphones to custom made products that are made to specifically for your needs and your ears. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!