Seems like we’re always attempting to stay young. From wrinkle creams to Botox to special diets to spin class, we spend a great number of hours each day doing everything we can to slow the steady march of aging. And yet, even with all that effort (and all those hours), the one thing that might actually work, we tend to avoid: wearing ear protection.
Hearing loss is often one of those “signs of aging” that we often think of as inevitable. But it’s not that simple. 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 the years go on, strong hearing can have significant anti-aging advantages.
Hearing And Aging
When we discuss “aging” we don’t usually mean the actual passage of time. Instead, certain emotional, mental, and physical changes are signs that a person is getting older. A perfect example of this is joint pain. You might associate sore knees, for example, with “growing old”. But it’s not age by itself that causes the problem (your regular 5-mile run may have something to do with it, also).
The same goes for many kinds of hearing loss. There’s an accumulation of damage as you age. And in most cases, it’s the build-up of damage that causes the actual hearing degeneration. And that’s when the problems can start to snowball. Several other indications of aging have been linked to hearing loss:
- Depression and anxiety have been shown to have a strong connection to hearing loss.
- Self isolation from family and friends can be the result of neglected hearing loss.
- When hearing impairments are undetected and neglected they can sometimes hasten the onset of other mental health problems, including dementia.
- Occasionally, problems such as insomnia and memory loss, can be initiated by the cognitive strain of attempting to hear. And that can make you feel like you’re aging in a particularly profound way.
So How do I Combat Age-Related Hearing Loss?
When you fight 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 using several methods. Here are a few things you can do:
- Boost your awareness. You can still suffer harm to your hearing even if sounds aren’t painfully loud. Your ears can also be damaged by moderate noise if you are exposed to it for long periods of time.
- Steer clear of loud noises as much as possible. If you have to expose yourself to loud noise, wear hearing protection. So make sure you wear earplugs when you go to that rock concert.
- If you happen to work in a somewhat noisy setting, wear ear protection. With modern quality ear muffs, loud noises are filtered out while voices are still able to be heard with clarity.
Your ears can be protected by all of these steps. But there’s one more action you can take to keep your hearing in good condition: schedule an appointment with us for a hearing exam. Catching hearing loss before you even notice it can be achieved by having regular screenings. Even if your hearing is perfectly normal, an exam will still be able to provide a useful baseline to compare against future results.
Keep Your Hearing Healthy by Wearing Hearing Aids
The world we live in can be boisterous. In spite of your best effort to protect your hearing, you still might eventually detect some hearing loss. You need to get help as soon as possible if you do detect any symptoms of hearing loss. A good set of hearing aids can help lessen some of the so-called age-related issues related to hearing impairments.
You could perhaps think of hearing aids as a facelift for your ears: something to make your ears to perform a little more youthfully. And that can help keep depression, dementia, and other problems at bay. The example isn’t perfect, as hearing aids are needed and a facelift isn’t, but you get the idea. You may look younger if you use wrinkle cream. But if you really want to fight aging and feel a bit more youthful, your best choice is to protect your hearing and deal with your hearing loss.