We mostly take our perfect hearing for granted, but your life would change dramatically if you were to experience sudden or gradual hearing loss, and not for the better.
There are many issues that hearing-impaired people have to deal with on a daily basis such as the inability to hear oncoming cars or shouts of warning, hear clearly in crowded, busy places, or even just follow a conversation.
Additionally, the risk for physical and mental health problems increases with impaired hearing, so it’s important to be aware of the things that can damage your hearing and take steps to protect it.
Use Hearing Protection
Hearing protection is not just about using earplugs and ear muffs; it’s about avoiding loud noises that can damage your hearing.
If you’re forced to shout to make yourself heard over the noise, then you should move somewhere quieter if you can. If you go to a loud rock concert, wear some type of hearing protection and give your ears at least 16 hours of quiet to recover afterwards.
The same goes for listening to music with headphones. Young people especially are at risk of hearing damage when the volume is too high. If other people can hear your music when you’re wearing headphones or earbuds, then it’s too loud.
Many people using cotton buds to clean their ears think they’re doing the right thing, but ears are self-cleaning, and pushing anything into your ear can damage your hearing. Using cotton buds can even push the ear wax further into your ear, causing temporary hearing impairment.
Know the Side Effects of Certain Medications
Some common medications such as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can affect hearing if taken in large amounts. Try to limit their use and only take only as directed.
Keep Your Stress Levels Down
Anxiety and high stress levels can cause tinnitus because the adrenaline your body produces when you’re stressed can put pressure on the nerves and blood flow around your inner ear.
Getting adequate fresh air and exercise is a great way to reduce stress and increase circulation which benefits all of your body.
Get Your Free Hearing Test
Most hearing loss is gradual and the damage is done before you even notice it. Damaged hearing can rarely be restored, so it’s important to have regular check-ups and hearing tests to detect hearing loss as soon as possible.
At Health and Hearing, we have more than 30 years of experience working with veterans, seniors, university students and working Australians. We understand that seeking help for your hearing problems can be embarrassing and stressful, but we’re here to help you with this sensitive issue. We’re also here to offer our expert advice on any hearing-related questions or problems you have.