Tips for looking after your hearing

Hearing Issues in Seniors

It’s natural for our eyesight and hearing to gradually get worse as we age, but it is still extremely worthwhile to look after them in order to keep your senses in as good a condition as possible. And if you do notice any hearing problems, it’s important to get them checked out sooner rather than later to prevent any further damage and potentially treat the problem.

You’re never too young to start looking after your hearing. You may not feel cool wearing protective earplugs to a gig or festival, but it can really help you in the long run. The same goes for anywhere with loud noises, such as worksites. Be wary when listening to music through headphones, too. The general rule is to have it at a maximum volume of 60% and listen for no more than 60 minutes.

Certain medications can also contribute to hearing problems over time, and we tend to need more medications as we age. So, make sure to consult with your doctor before starting taking new medication or if you notice any side effects of your prescribed medications. A balanced diet and regular exercise can both contribute to good hearing health as you age, too, and don’t underestimate the importance of getting regular hearing check-ups.

Solutions for hearing problems

If you see your doctor or an audiologist about declining hearing ability, they will be able to carry out a number of tests to diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action. This will likely include a physical examination of your ear and even further tests such as an MRI to check the inner ear, as well as hearing tests to assess your hearing function.

There may be a simple solution to help your hearing, such as ear wax removal, while other conditions may require surgery to resolve the issue. In other cases, a hearing aid or a cochlear implant could be the most suitable option, helping to improve your ability to hear in your everyday life. This can have a big impact on your quality of life and your ability to live independently.

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