Do people constantly ask you, didn’t you hear? Do you find yourself turning up the volume on your TV or smartphone more often than other people? If that’s the case, your hearing may indeed be deteriorating. As we age, the tiny hair cells in your ears begin to break down. In part, this is due to the aging process, while loud noise can also damage these hair cells.
The good news is that there are several ways to combat hearing loss. If you pay attention, you may well be able to have excellent hearing well into your old age.
Tip #1 – Don’t Expose Your Ears to Too Much Loud Noise
If a background noise is so loud that you have to shout, consider it too loud. Anything from chainsaws to motorcycles, and right through to drills make too much noise. In fact, that kind of noise damages the tiny hair cells you need for perfect hearing.
Tip #2 – Keep Loud Noise Exposure to a Minimum
At times, it will be impossible to keep your ears away from loud noise. However, try to keep the exposure to a minimum. If, for instance, you find going to a rock concert too much, don’t go. Furthermore, buy appliances with low noise ratings.
Tip #3 – Wear Ear Protection
If people keep asking you, didn’t you hear? it may also be time to start thinking about wearing ear protection. Both earplugs and earmuffs can reduce noise by between 15 and 30 decibels. Wearing both together can award you even more protection.
Tip #4 – Get Rid of that Wax
Earwax can also impair your hearing but don’t remove it with cotton buds. Instead, get your physician to clear it out or buy a home ear irrigation kit.
The next time someone asks you “didn’t you hear?” Take it as a cue to start looking after your hearing. With the above tips, you protect the tiny hair cells responsible for good hearing. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy excellent hearing for years to come.