Seems as if we’re constantly trying to stay youthful. From wrinkle creams to Botox to special diets to spin class, we spend a great number of hours each day doing what we can to slow down the aging process. Still, with all that time and effort, the one thing that may actually work, we tend to avoid: wearing ear protection.
Hearing loss is often one of those “signs of aging” that we frequently consider to be inevitable. But it’s not that easy. You can keep your hearing in good shape and help avoid damage by protecting and caring for your ears. And as the years go on, great hearing can have significant anti-aging benefits.
Aging And Hearing
The actual passage of time is not generally what we are making reference to when we speak of aging. Instead, certain mental. emotional, or physical changes are indications that a person is getting older. A good example of this is joint pain. When your knees begin to hurt, you might associate that with “growing old”. But it’s not age alone that leads to the problem (your everyday 5-mile run could have something to do with it, too).
Many types of hearing loss fall into this category. As you age, damage builds up. The build-up of damage, in most situations, is the actual cause of hearing deterioration. And it’s often downhill from there. Neglected hearing loss has been linked to several other indications of aging:
- The onset of mental issues, including dementia, can often be hastened by neglected or unnoticed hearing loss.
- Self isolation from family and friends can be the consequence of neglected hearing loss.
- Depression and anxiety have been demonstrated to have a strong link to hearing loss.
- Occasionally, issues such as insomnia and loss of memory, can be triggered by the cognitive strain of attempting to hear. And, in an especially profound way, that can make you feel like you are getting old.
So How do I Combat Age-Related Hearing Loss?
When you battle the “signs of aging” in your ears, you’re really placing a focus on controlling damage. And it’s fortunate that we can accomplish that in a number of ways. Here are a few things you can do:
- Become more aware. You can still suffer damage to your hearing even if sounds aren’t painfully loud. Your ears can also be injured by moderate noise if you are exposed to it for long periods of time.
- Wear hearing protection to work if your job exposes you to loud noise. Modern ear muffs have incredible technology that can allow you to hear voices clearly while filtering out loud, harmful environmental sounds.
- As much as possible, steer clear of loud noises. If you have to expose yourself to loud noise, use hearing protection. So when you go see that concert with your favorite band, be sure to use earplugs.
All of these strategies will help safeguard your hearing. But if you want to keep your hearing in good shape 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 tests. Even if your hearing is perfectly fine, an exam will still be able to provide a useful baseline to compare against future results.
Wear Hearing Aids to Keep Your Ears Healthy
We live in a loud world. Your ability to avoid damage is essential, but you might ultimately detect some hearing loss in spite of your best efforts. You need to get help right away if you do detect any symptoms of hearing loss. A good set of hearing aids can help counter some of the so-called age-related issues related to hearing impairments.
Hearing aids can help your ears function more youthfully, sort of like a facelift for your ears. And dementia, depression, and other problems can be avoided. This example only goes so far since a facelift is cosmetic and hearing aids are necessary. You might look younger if you use wrinkle cream. But your best bet, if want to feel younger, is to deal with your hearing loss and protect your hearing.