One of the first things to go for many people as they age is their hearing. The frustration of straining to hear and constantly asking “What?” can take a toll on anyone as they are trying to stay vigorous and youthful.
There are many different factors that contribute to hearing loss, and not all of them just come with the territory of old age. Hearing loss is a gradual process so many people don’t realize what is happening until it is too late. There are many preventable activities that we can avoid, in order to fight against hearing loss. There are simple ways you can prevent noise-induced hearing loss, and steps you can take to fight the onset of age-induced hearing loss. Check out these tips to keep your hearing at a high level even as you age.
1. Look out for loud noises
All it takes is one very loud noise at close range to permanently damage your hearing forever. Ten million Americans have suffered irreversible hearing damage due to noise, and upwards of thirty million are exposed to dangerous noise levels every day, according to the Better Hearing Institute. At many occupations loud noises are unavoidable, so take precautions such as wearing earplugs at work if possible. A general rule is that if you have to shout to be heard, the surrounding noise is loud enough to damage your ears. It's important to protect your ears when you're hearing loud music, for example, at a concert. Wear earplugs, earmuffs, or anything else that will dull the sound to protect your ears over the long and short run. You're never too young to start using ear protection, make sure your children wear earplugs, too!
2. Lower the music
Younger generations are growing up with iPods and Mp3 players which have them constantly listening to audio through headphones. It is a slow process, but listening to the music too loud at close range like that will damage hearing over time. While it isn’t realistic to avoid headphones altogether, just keeping the volume at a reasonable level should be enough to protect your ears. If you can hear the music through someone’s headphones while standing next to them, that means the volume is probably too loud.
3. Get a hearing test
Since hearing loss is typically a slow, gradual process, it is important to get your hearing regularly tested – a doctor will be able to notice any beginnings of damage before it gets too bad. If you detect hearing loss early, you will be better prepared to take steps to prevent further damage.
4. Know the warning signs
If you find yourself constantly straining to hear, that is a sure sign your hearing is starting to go. But other warning signs include hearing ringing in your ear after being exposed to noise, having trouble understanding what people are saying even though you hear them, and even feeling like your ear is full after being in a loud environment. These warnings mean you should go visit a doctor before the hearing loss gets worse.
Losing your hearing is one of the toughest things to deal with as you get older. So take precautions now before it is too late.