Imagine yourself on your 50s or 60s being the source of laughter during a family gathering because of your wrong understanding to “toast” instead of “roast”. When you eagerly raise your glass of wine when in fact someone’s inviting you to go and roast some beef. It could be humiliating, of course. More instances will happen when you will be needing to go near the person you’re talking with just to decipher what they have to say.
As you age, most of your vital body organs declines its full function. When you expose yourself into different daily activities, it is most likely that some of your senses gets affected too. One of the major factors that affect hearing loss as you age is due to certain medications. If you have existing treatment for heart condition, hypertension or any disease which requires maintenance of medication, the probability to hearing loss is higher.
While loss of hearing is inevitable for ageing people, it is very important that you recognize early the proper care and take note of the preventions for it. Here are some tips to guide you for a healthy sense of hearing.
1. Use Earplugs or Earmuffs
It is important that your ears can get some time off. Especially when you are expose every time to a noisy environment. If you know that you go to in a noisy place, plan ahead by wearing ear protection. Be aware of your daily activities and know when to use them to avoid permanent hearing damage.
2. Use Earphones in Moderate Volume Level
Since the evolution of smartphones, the accessibility to sound or music has been very easy. While it is very enjoyable to listen to your favorite music, it is good to know your limitations as you listen to it while wearing your earphones. Some smartphones will notify you once you reached the appropriate level of volume your ears can take as to avoid damage. When playing music with your earphones, check first the volume level before putting it inside your ears.
However, as much as possible, try to lessen the usage of earphones or anything that produces sounds directly to your ears.
3. Consult Your Health Care Provider
Whether you admit it or not, you only pay visit to your doctor when you’re pained or feeling uncomfortable with something. Consider now that you’re reading this to seek proper medical advice for a proper care with your sense of hearing. Doctors can also detect and educate you on some of the hearing loss signs that you may have take for granted such as:
- You often need to go near the person you’re talking with just to hear them
- People notice that you turn up the volume too loud while watching television or listening to music
- You can’t understand clearly when someone’s talking on the phone
- You ask people to repeat their words or statements
- Pain inside the ears
- You have a history of long exposure to an extremely loud environment
4. Avoid Noisy Places
The normal sound level that a human must receive is up to 60 decibels. Anything that produces 85 dB and above sound level are considered harmful to a person especially prolong exposure to it or if there is absence of hearing protection. Some of the places or activities that creates overmuch sounds are lawn mower, loud machine, rock concert, gun shot and anything that gives your ears a vibrating feeling with a bit of pain.
As much as possible, avoid over exposure from these places without using ear protection.
5. Avoid Medication That May Affect Your Hearing
There are medications that will be prescribed by your doctor which can cause loss of hearing. Some medicines for certain diseases and infections such as antibiotics and aspirin can affect your ears. Request for an alternative medication that is harmless to your ears. Or else, ask your doctor to reduce the dosage level of the medicine.
6. Stop Smoking
Yes, correct. you read it right! Smoking is one of the causes to loss of hearing. It is not only the lungs and throat that deteriorates when you smoke, it also targets your hearing ability. The extensive number of harmful elements found in cigarettes has been discovered to be dangerous to your ears.
Excessive smoking damages hair cells lining inside the ears which is important to the sound production. According to research, nicotine as one the components of cigarettes interfere with neurotransmitters in the auditory nerve, which are responsible to sound interpretation to brain.
7. Eat Healthy Foods
According to research conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, eating healthy diets can lower the risk hearing loss. They noticed that women who follow the recommended dietary patterns had largely lowered the risk of decline in hearing sensitivity. It is beneficial to adhere to a dietary pattern for not only for the ears but also for the overall well being.
Studies suggest eating foods with high nutrient levels such as squash, carrots, oranges and leafy greens. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood and fish helps lower the risk of hearing loss.
8. Use Proper Earwax Cleaning Tools
You must always make sure to maintain proper hygiene for your ears. While it is important to do this, you must make sure that any tool that you use to clean your ears are safe and sterilized. Any foreign objects you put inside your ears may cause infection. Make sure to buy sterilized cotton buds and reach the shallow part of your ears.
Seek a doctor’s assistance if you feel there is a huge earwax blockage and ask for advice on the proper ear cleaning habits.
All senses in your body are important. The absence of one can be a huge hindrance to your daily activities and social interaction – especially loss of hearing. Educate yourself on the many ways to take care of your sense of hearing. Visit your doctor for ear-related advice. And, practice the above-mentioned tips to preserve your healthy hearing ability as early as possible.