How Can I Prevent Hearing Loss?
Gradual hearing loss is a normal part of aging, with as much as 91 percent of adults with hearing loss being over the age of 50.
Although hearing loss is common with increased age, it is not necessarily something you want to happen. There are certain things that can make hearing loss worse or progress faster.
Therefore, there are actions you can take and things you can avoid that can prevent hearing loss. This article will discuss tips to prevent hearing loss.
Avoid loud noises
This may seem like a no-brainer, but many people put themselves in situations with excessive noise.
Be it at a concert, around power tools, or having the volume up too high on your earbuds, loud noise can progressively damage your ears. Hunting or shooting guns at a firing range also increase your risk or hearing loss.
While there are certain situations where it is impossible to avoid high volumes, try to control the ones that you can.
Use hearing protection
Just because you are avoiding excess noise does not mean you have to avoid the things you love. For situations with high volumes, consider purchasing earplugs or headphones.
Ear plugs can lower noise by up to 30 decibels, allowing you to navigate normal situations but with added protection.
Some more advanced technologies can even customize your noise experience. For example, some earplugs may be more suited for conversation or live music, preventing distortion of certain sounds and frequencies.
You also may consider wearing earmuffs, for example, if you are mowing the lawn or using power tools.
Take a look at the options we recommend at Sandia Hearing Aids Santa Fe.
Assess your medication list
Unfortunately, there are around 200 medications that can damage hearing.
If you take medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if it may cause hearing loss. If it does, you might want to ask about switching to another medication that does not or to get hearing checks often.
Consider supplements or diet changes
B12, potassium and magnesium are vital to good hearing. You can change your diet to get more of these nutrients or you can take supplements.
Iron-deficiency anemia is also linked to hearing loss, so try to eat a diet rich in iron.
Treat high blood pressure and heart problems
High blood pressure (hypertension) and heart issues can adversely affect your ear function. Therefore, ensure you are properly managing high blood pressure or cholesterol with medication and lifestyle changes as directed by your doctor.
Avoid smoking, vaping, and drinking
Tobacco, nicotine, and alcohol can all negatively impact your hearing. If you smoke, consider quitting both for your overall health and the health of your ears. If you drink frequently, consider cutting back on your alcohol intake.
While some hearing loss is unavoidable, there are certain preventative measures you can take to avoid hearing loss. Consider implementing some of these tips to protect your ears.
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