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What are the best ways to improve your hearing?

Recently, when I was at my younger brother’s birthday party, my Dad made a reference to having tinnitus (essentially a low-level ringing in the ears) and I told him that I’d made a joke about tinnitus in a recent article (for those interested, the joke was that it made things sound ‘a bit tinny’ – Not one of my better japes, I admit, but whatever...). He looked at me like I’d just farted in church while I hastily changed the subject.

earphone jack accessory malaysiaSo, if you are suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus, what can you do about it?

The truth is that hearing problems are largely caused by damage to the inner ear. One way this can happen is due to constant bombardment of noises over 110 decibels. According to new information, the noise wears away the myelin sheath, which is a coating that protects the nerve cells of your inner ear.

The good news is, however, that the myelin sheath will, in most cases, repair itself, so all you need to do is TURN THE VOLUME DOWN or simply leave your iPod at home for a few days and you should start seeing improvements.

Sometimes, however, damage to the inner ear is so great that the body simply will not be able to repair itself. In this case, you will need to train yourself to deal with your newfound disability. It is a process that can case serious depression and anxiety if not adequately confronted and dealt with.

The Beaumont Health System gives some useful tips for dealing with hearing loss on their website. According to them, hearing loss can be combated if you follow these three steps:

1. Be an advocate for yourself. Others cannot guess what you need. By hiding a hearing loss you will miss conversation and may respond inappropriately and cause further miscommunication. Tell others if you are having difficulty understanding. If you don't understand what someone has said ask him or her to rephrase the message, not just repeat it. Often this will help improve your understanding.
2. Educate others regarding hearing loss. Many do not understand why you can hear that they are talking but cannot understand what you are saying. They also don't know what they can do to help. Ask others to talk more slowly and clearly and not to obstruct their mouths.
3. Manipulate your environment to your advantage. Hearing clearly when there is background noise is probably the biggest challenge for people with hearing loss. When you can, choose quiet listening environments. In a restaurant, request to be seated in a quiet area away from the door and the kitchen. Partitions and low ceilings may be helpful to reduce noise. Also carpet and upholstery may help to reduce echo, which may help you to understand speech more clearly. Good lighting may also be helpful so that you can see the speaker's face and gestures.

Another common (and fixable) problem is a build up of earwax. Which is simple enough to solve via regular use of a cotton bud. If that doesn’t work, it is always possible to get your ears syringed, which is a thoroughly disgusting (but genuinely effective) method for clearing out one’s lugholes.

Your hearing will also degrade as you age (like most things you hold dear I’m afraid, up to and including: your metabolism, sexual potency, muscle tone, skin, attractiveness and hair colour). Yup. Sucks getting old.

Finally, if you are facing serious hearing problems, try to minimize any future damage. As it says on WikiHow:

“Although you can't reverse the hearing loss you've already suffered, you can take steps to keep it from getting worse. Reduce your exposure to loud, sustained noises[. If noisiness like this is part of your job (say you're a construction worker or employed at a concert venue), consider wearing specialty ear plugs or changing jobs. If you wear earbuds or headphones to listen to music, keep the volume low or moderate. Try to reduce your exposure to high volumes overall, and you'll reduce future hearing loss”.

It is also advisable to see a doctor. I am not a doctor. I am a freelance writer with access to Google. If you suspect that anything mentioned in the above article is affecting you, then please make an appointment with your local GP.

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