You may not realize it, but your hearing is closely linked to the things that you love to do daily: listening to music, dancing, exploring nature, golfing, yoga, biking, etc. Suffering from hearing loss can make our passions nearly impossible for us to enjoy. Taking steps to preserve your hearing, no matter your age is vital to ensure that you take advantage of what life has to offer and loving your passions with no restrictions.
With over 25 years in the industry, I have worked with patients from all walks of life and the one thing that they all have in common is that they are all susceptible to hearing loss. Two-thirds of people who lose their hearing are actually under the age of 65, with the main culprits being excessive noise, injury, poor health, and age.
Here are some easy changes that you can make to prevent hearing loss or to keep your hearing from becoming worse:
Avoid Loud and Prolonged Noise
No matter if you have perfect hearing or if you only have a partial hearing, this is the most important tip. Loud or excessive noise over 85 decibels such as motorcycles, heavy machinery, lawnmowers, music in headphones, sirens, fireworks, movie theaters, power tools, and concerts can cause hearing loss.
If you simply can’t avoid loud noise, protect your ears with earplugs, ear molds, noise-canceling headphones, earmuffs, or wadding materials. Also, turn the volume down when listening to your music or binge-watching with your headphones on 60% volume for no longer than 60 minutes.
Know the Signs of Hearing Loss
Recognizing the symptoms of hearing loss are very important to maintaining your hearing health as it is difficult to identify. Familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms such as wandering attention, turning up the volume, asking others to repeat themselves, and lack of distinction of consonants and other sounds.
Listen to Your Friends and Family
Sometimes, even when we are fully aware of the signs of hearing loss, it can be difficult to recognize them in ourselves. Listen to those who are closest to you, they will know if your hearing has deteriorated. You speak with those people most often and they will notice if you ask them to repeat themselves or speak up. Take their advice if they tell you it is time for a hearing test.
Take Care of Yourself
Your overall health can affect your hearing health. Choose healthier lifestyle options: quit smoking, eat healthier, reduce your stress levels, and exercise regularly. With a healthier body and mind, your hearing health is less likely to be negatively impacted.
Get Your Hearing Tested Regularly
It can be difficult to know whether your hearing has deteriorated because the changes can be small and easy to ignore over some time. Untreated hearing loss can lead to a host of more serious health problems like anxiety, heart disease, and dementia, according to the CDC. Not only are hearing exams quick and painless, but they will let you know if you need treatment like hearing aids. Add a hearing test to your annual preventative health screening regime to ensure that 100% of your body is taken care of.
Take Advantage of the Results of Your Hearing Test
Be sure that you understand the results of your hearing exam and ask questions if there is something that you don’t understand, that is why we are here. It is vital to follow the advice of your audiologist to preserve the hearing that you still have and discover ways to enhance the hearing that you have lost.
Use Your Hearing Aids
If you were diagnosed with hearing loss, use your hearing aids. Not only do they help you hear better, but they can slow further hearing deterioration as well. With so many styles of hearing aids, you can find one that is the perfect design and fit for you. 8 out of 10 hearing aid wearers say that hearing aids have vastly improved their quality of life.
Keep Your Hearing Independence
It is simple: do it yourself. If you find yourself struggling to make phone calls or interact with others during social events, don’t let others speak for you. Try and find some patience with yourself and engage others, make that phone call. Living your life as normally as possible with hearing loss helps keep your ears stimulated and can prevent feelings of isolation, which is prevalent in those with hearing loss. Remember to talk to your doctor, family, and loved ones about your feelings and frustrations. We are here to help.
Taking care to maintain the hearing that you have and prevent future hearing loss is my passion. For those of you who are in the Miami area, contact me to schedule a hearing test today.