You may have experienced temporary hearing loss after being exposed to noise levels above 80 decibels in a concert or working environment. Perhaps your occupation subjects you to persistent loud noise that has resulted in one out of the four types of industrial deafness, such as permanent loss, temporary loss, acoustic shock or tinnitus.
We thought that assembling a list of ways to prevent further temporary hearing loss could help those with the condition to avoid the symptoms getting worse…
1. Minimise the amount of noise that reaches your ears
The next time you hop in your car to do your daily commute, be conscious of how loud the volume of your music is; try not to play it so loud. Or the next time you go to a concert with your friends, take short breaks, as you could be exposed to noise levels of up to 120 decibels.
Generally, sounds above 85 dB can be harmful, depending on how often you are exposed to the noise and whether you are wearing ear protection sufficient enough to prevent damage from being subjected to excessive noise.
2. Remove the blockage
Temporary hearing loss could be the result of a blockage in your ear canal, which could mean that your hearing may return to its original state once the blockage has cleared. Forms of blockage include:
- Ear infection – Even though the majority of inflammation from ear infections clears on its own and hearing returns back to normal in due course, we recommend that you see your doctor if you are enduring pain and suffering from your blocked ear and/or if any discharge is coming out. You should also seek advice from your medical specialist if you’re suffering from an earache alongside a high fever, headache, or stiff neck.
- Swimmer’s ear – If you’re experiencing pain or itching in the ears or decreased hearing after going swimming, you might have swimmer’s ear. The infection normally occurs when water is still in your ear after you’ve been swimming and can also be caused by abrasions or scratches to your ear canal caused by fingernails, cotton swabs, or hairpins when they have been used to clean the ear canal. Hearing usually goes back to normal within a few days and without receiving treatment from a doctor.
- Earwax – Most people fail to believe that earwax is actually a good thing to have, providing that there is not too much of a build-up. The aim of earwax is to keep ears sanitary and free of germs, although sometimes earwax can block the ears and may have to be removed by a medical professional.
3. Beating the symptoms
Beating hearing loss and the symptoms of it can be more than difficult. Even though research to find an effective treatment for temporary hearing loss is still being carried out, there is no absolute cure for tinnitus, according to the NHS.
Treatments that focus on helping people manage temporary hearing loss conditions include:
- Sound therapy – Listening to neutral or non-biological sounds like the effects of wind in the grasses or trees, the waves at the ocean or effects of the water, or sound generated from the earth can distract you from the irritating, temporary sound of ringing in your ears.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – this aims to alter the way you think about your temporary hearing loss so that you can try and tune it out.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) – this treatment works to prevent your brain from responding to temporary hearing loss, so you have the ability to ignore the sound. Only people who are professionally trained in the technique can carry out tinnitus retraining therapy.
- Counselling – Receiving counselling from a specialist will help you uphold an optimistic attitude towards temporary hearing loss and teach you about distraction and relaxation techniques that can be used to distract yourself from the ringing.
How Cute Injury can help
Noise-induced hearing loss or industrial hearing loss can be developed from long-term exposure to excessive noise in a variety of environments, especially loud working environments. From time to time, types of hearing loss are caused by the negligence of someone else, particularly the employer, in which case you might be able to make a claim for industrial deafness compensation. If you think that you have a claim for industrial deafness, or would like to find out more, Cute Injury can help. Get in touch with our experienced advisors for free today…
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