26 BenBradshaw 2 years ago Anytime you have any change in hearing, see your general practitioner immediately for a recommended Ear Nose and Throat referral. Somethings can be done to help your hearing, but often only if you get help immediately. Your ENT should be able to tell you what treatment can and should be done. Otherwise, most hearing damage is permanent. I had a scare where I lost all the hearing in one ear, probably from a virus irritating the nerve. I saw an ENT the next day and was given a prescription that returned my hearing to normal. As for hearing protection: A few years ago I went to Sensophonics in Chicago for custom fitted earplugs. The are soft silicone so they are super comfortable. They also attenuate all frequencies evenly, so things don't sound muffled. I went with 15 dB of attenuation. You can usually get the same product from hospitals and some ENTs. I take mine everywhere. They were well worth the $125 I spent on them.