With 15% of adults in the US having a hearing problem, it makes sense that you want to prevent any further hearing loss and improve what you’ve got right now.

For that, I commend you, because it already puts you ahead of the hundreds of thousands of others who delay or neglect getting any hearing treatment, causing further problems down the road.

So I’ve put this post together with tips to help you do what’s best for your hearing health.

Understanding Your Hearing Health

Yes, I am biased, but the best place to begin understanding your hearing health is with an audiologist – the expert who can help you understand everything there is to know about hearing and hearing loss.

How To Improve A Hearing Loss

The first step is to determine whether you have a hearing loss by doing a thorough audiological evaluation that includes a comprehensive hearing test.

If yes, then we find out what type of hearing loss you have and the degree of your hearing loss. This way, the appropriate treatment recommendations can be made for you.

How To Increase Hearing Power Naturally

About 15% of American adults (37.5 million) report some trouble hearing, and 13% of people over the age of 12 have a hearing loss in both ears. This highlights the fact that while many people have a hearing loss because of the aging process, many more are caused by other factors.

Hearing loss should be treated carefully. Some types will require immediate surgery while others will be enhanced. Keep in mind that hearing loss from aging can never be cured, but it can certainly be optimized and enhanced.

Lifestyle Changes You Can Make To Improve Your Hearing

Some of the top ways to maintain the hearing you have are with:

  • Hearing protection – A lot of noise-induced hearing loss could have been avoided by wearing the right hearing protection. Ask us about our recommendations that are specific to your work environment or leisure activity.
  • Clean ears – Sounds can be muffled if earwax is in the way. While a certain amount of earwax is healthy, it can build up to where it blocks sound waves. NEVER use cotton swabs to clear it out. Use ear drops instead, or schedule an earwax cleaning with us.
  • Diet – Sadly, coffee can affect your hearing whereas you can boost your hearing with a nutritionally sound eating approach.
  • Listening exercises – It can take a while to retrain yourself to focus on listening to the sounds you want to hear, but the payoffs can be worth it.

Hearing aids and assistive listening devices (ADLs) – Whatever your degree of hearing loss, hearing aids are customized to enhance your exact hearing needs. Your brain will start receiving the correct signals again, and further degeneration of your auditory system will lessen considerably.

How To Improve Hearing Loss In Old Age

It can be emotionally difficult to come to terms with a hearing loss, but there are so many treatment options and so much support available that there’s no need to feel as if your independent lifestyle is over.

Denial or neglect will cause further damage though, so see an audiologist as soon as possible to get the treatment you need.

An audiologist can be with you from the start, with the right diagnosis and treatment and a constant supportive presence as your hearing changes. He or she will find and treat any underlying causes, and you can be sure your hearing health is in the best hands possible.

The Importance Of Regular Hearing Assessments

Regular hearing assessments ensure that your hearing journey is monitored and treated as soon as anything new shows up. We recommend one every 6 to 24 months, depending on your diagnosis and how closely we believe it should be observed.

  • No loss – If you’ve never had a hearing check before, your first one will provide us with a good baseline to measure all future hearing tests against. After that, your hearing should be checked every two to three years unless you notice some loss, in which case you should get checked right away.
  • Treated loss – If you have a diagnosed hearing loss you’re receiving treatment for, we usually recommend an annual check.
  • Children – Newborns, infants, and school-age children are screened yearly through the school system, while older children don’t need to be checked as regularly unless they’ve noticed some hearing loss.
  • Workers, hunters, military, etc. in loud noise environments – Get a hearing check annually or biennially, and be sure to always wear hearing protection.

Start Looking After Your Hearing Health

The sooner you treat a hearing loss, the better your long-term hearing health.

After caring for the hearing health of thousands of local people across six locations for 30 years, I recognize that there are still many people in South Florida and across the Florida Keys who are not receiving the advanced audiological expertise that is required to achieve better hearing for life.

Schedule your hearing test, or contact me if you have any questions about how to take care of your hearing.

I look forward to helping you optimize your hearing health.

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Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D

Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D., is Florida’s leading doctor of audiology and has over 25 years of experience in this dynamic industry. Before setting up her own business in Florida & Central America, she served as a pediatric audiologist and rehabilitative services manager at the Miami Children’s Hospital. She has worked with patients of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds during her long and diverse career, and she is still heavily involved in international humanitarian projects, helping hearing-impaired children globally.