Although changes in hearing are a natural part of aging, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do anything regarding that because once your hearing is damaged, it’s gone for good. Damage, illnesses, or even genetics can cause changes in hearing. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your hearing, and early diagnosis is the key to preventing hearing loss. It’s never too late to start taking care of your ears.
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Here are some easy ways to protect your ears and your hearing health:
Protect Your Ears with Protective Hearing Gear– Protective hearing gears include earplugs, protective earphones, which you can easily find at your local drugstore. When you are in a noisy environment, wearing ear plugs or ear muffs can protect your hearing. For people who are regularly exposed to noise for brief or prolonged period, consult an audiologist who may recommend custom ear plugs. Make sure to use ear protection around loud sounds or before you’re exposed to any noisy environment, such as noisy workplaces, construction sites, rock concerts, hunting or shooting, airports or train stations, etc.
The best way to limit your exposure to loud sound is by moving away from the source, and monitoring the volume of your devices (keep volume at a comfortable level when watching TV or using mobile devices).
Keep Your Ears Clean– Our ears are designed to clear the earwax out on their own, meaning it’s not necessary for most people to clean their ears frequently. But, for some people the function of ears to clean themselves might slow down with age due to additional wax accumulation which in turn, might be due to the aging process, extra ear hair and hearing aids. Opt for over-the-counter cleaning products in consultation with your doctor. Doctors advise against using cotton swabs to clean wax out of the ear canal since inserting anything inside your ear canal risks damaging sensitive organs like your ear drum.
Get Regular Checkups– Hearing loss develops gradually, so ask for a hearing test at your next annual physical as part of your routine checkup. That way, you’re more likely to recognize signs of hearing loss and take appropriate action in time.
Role of Hearing Aids– Hearing aids can be highly beneficial in improving quality of life for people with disabling hearing loss. In older adults, loss of hearing can speed up cognitive decline. So, consult with your doctor about whether hearing aids can help.
When we are young, protecting our hearing features at the bottom on our list of priorities, which shouldn’t be the case. Take time out from your busy schedule to protect your ears, and you may prevent some hearing loss. Do seek medical help if you suffer from hearing loss who’ll suggest the best option for you to restore your normal hearing.
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