When we are told to focus on our breathing, it’s not until then do we consciously think about what we are doing. The same goes for hearing. Like most of your other senses, your hearing occurs subconsciously, so it’s easy to forget that we need this essential sense to enjoy our daily activities: 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 can love 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 65, with the main culprits being excessive noise, injury, poor health, and age.
Here are some tips from an audiologist that you can apply 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 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 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 hearing loss symptoms are significant 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 hearing loss signs, 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. According to the CDC, untreated hearing loss can lead to a host of more serious health problems like anxiety, heart disease, and dementia.
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 your hearing exam results and ask questions if there is something that you don’t understand; that is why we are here. It is vital to follow your audiologist’s advice 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 hearing aid styles, you can find 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, 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.
Prevention is always better than cure, and although, as an audiologist, I can help in treatment for hearing conditions, I would much rather provide you with invaluable advice to prevent issues occurring in the first place.
I provide comprehensive hearing assessments, advanced hearing aid technology, and, most importantly, hearing protection.
If you would like to find out more about the hearing protection I provide or would like some advice on protecting your hearing – I will be more than happy to help.
I am currently operating under strict CDC guidelines to keep you, other patients, and my staff safe.
Virtual appointments are available for those who wish not to visit the office during this time and is a perfectly convenient option to discuss your concerns with an audiologist remotely.
Contact me today by calling 786 627 7858.