It seems as if we’re constantly trying to stay young. We spend countless hours trying everything possible to stay youthful. From specialized diets to gym memberships to Botox to wrinkle creams. Still, with all that time and effort, we have a tendency to avoid doing one easy thing that could actually work: wearing ear protection.
Many people most likely think of hearing loss as inevitable as we get older. But it’s not that easy. By protecting your ears (and treating them with some kindness along the way), you can help avoid harm and keep your hearing in good condition. And as the years go on, great hearing can have considerable anti-aging benefits.
Hearing And Aging
The actual passing of time is not normally what we are referring to when we talk about aging. Rather, “aging” generally describes the appearance of certain emotional, mental, or physical characteristics that we associate with aging. Pain in your joints is a perfect example of this. When your knees begin to hurt, you may associate that with “getting old”. But lifestyle has as much to do with this as age does.
Many types of hearing loss fall under this category. As you age, damage accumulates. The accumulation of damage, in most situations, is the real cause of hearing degeneration. And that’s when things can start to snowball. Untreated hearing loss has been associated with a number of other indications of aging:
- When hearing problems are unnoticed and untreated they can often hasten the onset of other mental health issues, including dementia.
- In some cases, issues like insomnia and loss of memory, can be triggered by the mental strain of trying to hear. And, in an especially intense way, that can make you feel like you are getting old.
- Neglected hearing loss could cause you to self-isolate from family or friends.
- Research has shown a strong connection between untreated hearing loss, anxiety, and depression.
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 thankfully, there are a few ways to achieve that. Here are some things you can do:
- Avoid loud noises as much as possible. And when you can’t stay away from high volume locations, wear hearing protection. So when you go to that concert with your favorite band, be sure to wear earplugs.
- Become more aware. It’s not 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 time periods.
- Wear ear protection to work if your job exposes you to loud noise. Current ear muffs have amazing technology that can let you hear voices with clarity while filtering out loud, harmful environmental sounds.
All of these strategies will help safeguard your ears. But there’s one more step you can take to keep your ears in good shape: make an appointment with us for a hearing exam. Catching hearing loss before it’s perceptible can be achieved by getting regular examinations. Even if your hearing is perfectly fine, an exam will still be capable of providing 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 prevent damage is critical, but you might eventually notice some hearing loss even with your best efforts. You should seek out help right away if you do notice any symptoms of hearing loss. A good set of hearing aids can help counter some of the so-called age-related concerns related to hearing impairments.
Hearing aids can assist your hearing to function more youthfully, kind of like a facelift for your ears. And dementia, depression, and other issues 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 choice, if want to feel younger, is to deal with your hearing loss and safeguard your ears.