A routine ear exam has numerous benefits that far outweigh any negatives, which, in all reality, are none. You may learn there are underlying ear issues that require medical attention, slight loss of hearing that may require more lifestyle changes than severe fixes, or a hearing aid to help you hear better. If left unchecked, these unresolved issues may create a larger problem that can cause permanent damage, but if found and treated early, you may be able to save your hearing and protect your health. Read on to learn how regular ear exams can help you protect your health and ears.
The ears are directly connected to your sinuses, brain, and equilibrium. If your ears are having issues, you may actually have an underlying health problem that may or may not be related to your ears. For children who get a lot of ear infections, it may be concluded that they actually need tubes to allow for proper draining of wax and fluid from their ears. For adults with ringing in the ears, this may be a sign of hearing loss or even an issue in their brain or sinuses. Annual ear exams can find these issues and your audiologist can direct you to the proper medical team to help address the underlying issues and fix the problem.
Through your routine ear exam, it may be determined that your hearing is slowly deteriorating. It may be related to excessive wax build up which can be irrigated on a more regular basis, or it may be related to continued exposure to loud noises through concert, hunting, or even playing musical instruments. If caught early enough, this type of hearing loss can be slowed with proper noise protection devices such as custom ear plugs to be worn during these exposing activities. Unfortunately, your hearing loss may be a bit more severe, at which point you would need a hearing device which an ear exam would be able to determine and help get fitted for the best hearing instrument for your lifestyle.
Your routine ear exam may also include education to properly care for your ears and prevent further damage. This education may include tips to cleaning wax from your ears at home, why q-tips are not a good tool for your ears, and even the difference between your outer ear, ear canal, and ear drum, to help you understand how each part may be affected by different exposures and experiences. The benefit to this education is to prevent further damage to your ears and prolong eventual hearing loss, depending on your ears' exposures to outside hearing loss triggers. Finally, education can help you learn signs to look for that an ear or hearing problem is beginning, such that you can stay proactive with medical and ear care.
To learn more about the importance of annual ear exams and how they may help you protect your health and overall hearing, contact the experts at Hearing of America at 651.528.7868. The audiology experts will be happy to answer your questions and schedule you for your next ear exam.