It seems as if we’re constantly attempting to stay youthful. We spend a great number of hours trying everything we can to stay youthful. From special diets to fad workout programs to Botox to wrinkle creams. Still, with that amount of time and effort, we tend to avoid doing one easy thing that might actually work: wearing ear protection.
Hearing impairment is often one of those “signs of aging” that we tend to consider to be inevitable. But it’s not that easy. By safeguarding your ears (and treating them with a bit of kindness along the way), you can help avoid harm and keep your hearing in great shape. And as time goes by, strong hearing can have significant anti-aging advantages.
Aging And Hearing
When we speak about “aging” we don’t normally mean the actual passing of time. Instead, “aging” usually refers to the presentation of certain physical, mental, or emotional characteristics that we associate with aging. A good example of this is joint pain. You may relate sore knees, for instance, with “getting old”. But lifestyle has as much to do with this as does age.
Many types of hearing loss fall under this category. As you get older, damage accumulates. The accumulation of damage, in most cases, is the real cause of hearing deterioration. And it’s often downhill from there. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to a number of other signs of aging:
- Self isolation from family and friends can be the consequence of untreated hearing loss.
- When hearing problems are undetected and untreated they can often accelerate the onset of other mental health problems, including dementia.
- Anxiety and depression have been shown to have a significant link to hearing loss.
- In some cases, issues such as insomnia and memory loss, can be triggered by the cognitive strain of trying to hear. And that can make you feel like you’re aging in an especially intense way.
So How do I Fight Age-Related Hearing Loss?
When you combat the “signs of aging” in your ears, you’re actually placing a focus on controlling damage. And luckily, there are a few ways to accomplish that. Here are some things you can do:
- Wear ear protection to work if your job exposes you to loud noise. With modern quality ear muffs, loud sounds are eliminated while you can still hear people talking clearly.
- Become more aware. You can still have harm to your hearing even if sounds are not painfully loud. Your ears can also be damaged by moderate noise if you are exposed to it for long periods of time.
- As much as possible, steer clear of loud noises. If you have to expose yourself to loud noise, use hearing protection. So make sure you use earplugs when you go see your favorite band.
Your ears can be protected by all of these steps. But in order to keep your hearing in good condition you can do one more thing: make an appointment with us for a hearing test. Catching hearing loss before it’s perceptible can be achieved by getting regular examinations. Even if your hearing is perfectly fine, a screening will still be capable of providing a useful baseline to compare against future results.
Keep Your Hearing Healthy With Hearing Aids
The world we live in can be noisy. Your ability to avoid damage is essential, but you might eventually notice some hearing loss despite your best efforts. You need to seek out help as soon as possible if you do detect any symptoms of hearing loss. Some of the age related concerns linked to hearing loss can be prevented with a quality pair of set aids.
Hearing aids can help your ears function more youthfully, kind of like a facelift for your ears. And dementia, depression, and other problems can be prevented. This example only goes so far since a facelift is cosmetic and hearing aids are necessary. Wrinkle creams could help you look younger. But if you really want to fight aging and feel a bit more youthful, your best bet is to protect your hearing and take care of your hearing loss.