Believe it or not, hearing loss can start at your 20s. It won’t be an immediate, obvious loss though. It would happen little by little, and by the time its effects become apparent to you — and maybe those around you, too — you’ll still probably be in denial.
Those hours that you spent blaring loud music through your headphones can do irreversible damage to your ears and hearing. Your unconscious response to cover your ears when you hear loud noises is your body instinctively trying to protect your ear from permanent hearing loss.
As with all other medical condition, prevention of hearing loss is always better than curing or even reversing it. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can naturally reverse hearing loss. Here are some of them:
Unclog your ear canals
A blockage in your ear canals caused by earwax buildup is reversible. If you regularly clean your ears with a cotton swab, leftover earwax could be a future problem.
You can still hear with over 90% of your ear canals blocked. Because of leftover wax, there may come a time when the buildup would be so great that it could prevent you from properly hearing. A visit to the doctor would do the trick, but if you want a home remedy, a simple 1:1 vinegar and alcohol solution could help. Simply wet a cotton ball with the solution, place the cotton ball in one ear, leave it on for about 5 minutes, and then take it out to drain.
This same trick is also used to help treat ear infections, though it would be better to use apple cider vinegar for infections.
Treat your colds, sinus infections, and allergies
Have you ever wondered why you sometimes feel you’re losing your hearing when you have a cold? That’s because hearing loss can also be caused by allergies, colds, and sinus infections. This temporary diminished or complete loss of hearing is due to a blockage in your Eustachian tube. Of course, this hearing loss is reversible too, and could even reverse itself on its own.
Take your vitamins and start eating healthy
A long list of vitamins and minerals could help you prevent and even reverse hearing loss. While you can get them from supplements, it would be better if you just started a diet rich in these vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin D – This helps the body produce calcium that helps strengthen the bones in the inner ear.
- Vitamin C and E – Sufficient amounts of these vitamins help regain hearing and aids in recovery.
- Magnesium – This mineral helps protect hearing loss due to loud and extended noise exposure
How about age-related hearing loss?
Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss is not reversible. This type of hearing loss occurs when your body undergoes physical changes that may alter the shape of your ears. Over time, you’re also going to lose your ear hair cells. These cells do not grow back, making the damage permanent. However, you can delay age-related hearing loss by doing the following:
- Avoid extended exposure to loud music and loud noises by wearing earplugs and/or ear muffs.
- Avoid smoking.
- If possible, go for “silent” appliances.
- Go for a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish, nuts and grains.