Everybody wants to stay young for as long as possible. From gym memberships to Botox to wrinkle cream to special diets, we spend countless hours each day doing what we can to slow down the aging process. Still, with that amount of time and effort, the one thing that might actually work, we tend to avoid: wearing ear protection.
The majority of people most likely consider hearing loss as inevitable as we age. But it’s not that easy. By safeguarding your ears (and treating them with some kindness along the way), you can help avoid damage and keep your hearing in great shape. And as the years go on, strong hearing can have considerable anti-aging rewards.
Aging And Hearing
The actual passing of time is not usually what we are referring to when we speak of aging. Instead, certain emotional, mental, and physical changes are indications that someone is getting older. A perfect example of this is pain in your joints. When your knees begin to bother you, you might associate that with “getting old”. But lifestyle has as much to do with this as age does.
Many kinds of hearing loss are in this category. As you get older, damage builds up. The build-up of damage, in most instances, is the real cause of hearing deterioration. And it’s often downhill from there. Several other indications of aging have been associated with hearing loss:
- Self isolation from friends and family can be the consequence of untreated hearing loss.
- Depression and anxiety have been shown to have a significant connection to hearing loss.
- In some cases, problems such as insomnia and memory loss, can be triggered by the cognitive strain of trying to hear. And, in a particularly intense way, that can cause you to feel like you are getting old.
- The onset of mental problems, including dementia, can sometimes be accelerated by neglected or unnoticed hearing loss.
What to do About Age Related Hearing Loss
You’re actually emphasizing damage prevention when you battle the “signs of aging” in your ears. And it’s fortunate that we can achieve that using several methods. For instance, you can:
- If you happen to work in a relatively noisy environment, wear hearing protection. With modern high quality ear muffs, loud noises are filtered out while voices are still able to be heard with clarity.
- Become more aware. It isn’t only the painfully loud sounds that can result in harm. Your hearing can also be injured by moderate noise if you are exposed to it for long periods of time.
- Steer clear of loud noises as much as you can. If you have to expose yourself to loud noise, wear hearing protection. So make certain you use earplugs when you go see your favorite band.
Your ears can be protected by all of these steps. But if you want to keep your hearing in good shape you can do one more thing: come see us for a hearing exam. Catching hearing loss before it’s perceptible can be achieved by having regular examinations. Even if your hearing is perfectly normal, a screening will still be able to provide a useful baseline to compare against future results.
Wear Hearing Aids to Keep Your Ears Healthy
The world we live in can be boisterous. Your ability to avoid damage is critical, but you may eventually detect some hearing loss despite your best efforts. If that’s the case, it’s essential that you seek help as quickly as you can. Some of the age related concerns associated with hearing loss can be avoided with a quality pair of set aids.
You could perhaps think of hearing aids as a facelift for your ears: something to make your ears to function a little more youthfully. And that can help keep depression, dementia, and other issues from increasing. The example isn’t perfect, as hearing aids are necessary and a facelift isn’t, but you get the point. Wrinkle creams might help you look younger. But your best bet, if want to feel younger, is to deal with your hearing loss and protect your ears.