Hearing Loss Questionnaire Result: It is unlikely you have a hearing loss
- A muffled feeling in your ears that goes away in a couple days
- Or tinnitis, the constant ringing in your ear that signals temporary cochlear damage
"With limited exposure to loud noise, your ears will generally return to normal," says Dick Sauer, a UW Health audiologist. "But if the ear is exposed for too long, eventually it won't recover."
What can I do to protect my hearing?
Use hearing protection when exposed to loud noise. Earplugs are easy to use and inexpensive. They can be purchased at almost any drugstore for only a few dollars. It is a small price to pay for a lifetime of better hearing.
Custom-made hearing protection can also be ordered through an audiologist. If you are a musician or attend many concerts, musician's earplugs are available. Special earplugs can be made for hunters, dentists, even motorcycle enthusiasts. Also, remember to turn down the volume on televisions, radios and personal stereos.
More information on hearing protection is available from the certified audiologists at UW Health's adult and pediaitrc audiloogy clinics.