4 Tips to Prevent Hearing Loss in Elders

Hearing is an important factor for everybody and losing the ability to process noises might have a negative impact on one’s quality of life. This is why many think that prevention is the best cure and why we should take good care of our ears even at a young age, but especially when aging. Today we will discuss the importance of several factors that will help you reduce your chances to lose your hearing ability. Continue reading below for more information.

1. Learn how to be hygienic in a proper way with your ears

For many of us, proper ear hygiene means to stick cotton swabs (or other objects) in our ears to remove the earwax formation that builds up naturally. Scratching is another option for many. However, earwax should never be removed, at least not at home. If it is not preventing you from hearing properly, leave it. If it does, discuss with your doctor and have them remove it professionally for you. You should not exaggerate with blowing your nose, and if you must, be gentle. During your flights, make sure to swallow or yawn frequently. Also, if you have any type of infection in the sinus area, discuss with your doctor your options. Finding appropriate treatment is important.

2. Protect your ears from harmful noises

Obviously, noise pollution cannot be good for your ears. You can generate the noise pollution yourself, by listening to the television too loudly, or you can simply be exposed to it by chance. For instance, individuals working in certain environments are more prone to develop hearing issues, especially if they don’t wear the recommended protective equipment. Construction workers, airport employees, musicians are only a few of those more likely to lose their hearing. So, reduce the amount of time during which you expose yourself to loud noises.

3. Control your medical conditions to have a sharp sense of hearing

Certain syndromes will come with the disadvantage of reducing our hearing ability. High blood pressure, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and a series of other circulatory and heart-related illnesses may lead to hearing loss to some degree. Because the existing circulatory system in the ear is delicate, every change in your blood flow or heart rate will expose you to the risk of losing your ability to hear. Keep these conditions under control and you will have healthy ears.

4. Be mindful of the medication that you take

Some types of medication may cause hearing loss to a degree or another. Discuss with your GP what the chances for this to happen are, and if there exist, try to find some alternatives to those. There are alternatives, only make sure that you discuss openly with your GP this issue.

These are three important tips that will help individuals of all ages to prevent and limit the prospects for them to develop hearing-related issues. If you notice some changes in your ability to hear, make sure to visit a specialized medic.

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Suddenhearing loss. URL link. Accessed November 2017.

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