14 May Avoiding Hearing Loss
There is no way around it—the best way to treat any condition is to avoid getting it in the first place.
Most people can still remember their parents scolding them for sitting too close to the television as a child, warning that it would ruin their eyesight for good. While there is a hint of truth to this, it turns out staring into bright light isn’t nearly as damaging to our eyes as once thought. The same can’t be said for our ears—vision problems are easily corrected with lenses or optical surgery, but the process of restoring hearing is much longer, and a return to normal hearing is not guaranteed. For this reason, those with noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) often regret not heeding their parents’ repeated pleas to “Turn that noise down!”