Everyone wants to stay young for as long as possible. We spend countless hours trying everything possible to stay young. From special diets to fad workout programs to Botox to wrinkle creams. Still, with that amount of time and effort, we tend to neglect doing one easy thing that might really work: protecting our ears.
Hearing loss is often one of those “signs of aging” that we tend to think of as inevitable. But it’s not as simple as that. By protecting your ears (and treating them with a bit of kindness as you go), you can help prevent harm and keep your hearing in good condition. And good hearing can have significant anti-aging benefits as the years go on.
Hearing And Aging
The actual passage of time is not generally what we are making reference to when we speak of aging. Instead, specific mental. emotional, or physical changes are signs that someone is getting older. Joint pain is a great example of this. When your knees start to hurt, you might associate that with “growing old”. But it’s not age by itself that leads to the issue (your everyday 5-mile run might have something to do with it, also).
Many kinds of hearing loss fall into this category. There’s a build-up of damage as you age. The accumulation of damage, in most instances, is the real cause of hearing deterioration. And it’s typically downhill from there. Untreated hearing loss has been related to several other indications of aging:
- Neglected hearing loss might cause you to self-isolate from friends or family.
- In some instances, the mental burden involved in trying to hear can lead to problems like loss of memory or insomnia. And that might make you feel like you’re aging in a particularly intense way.
- When hearing problems are unnoticed and untreated they can often accelerate the onset of other mental health problems, including dementia.
- Depression and anxiety have been shown to have a significant connection to hearing loss.
What to do About Age Related Hearing Loss
When you fight the “signs of aging” in your ears, you’re really placing an emphasis on preventing damage. And it’s fortunate that we can achieve that using several methods. For example, you can:
- Wear ear protection to work if your job exposes you to loud noise. Current ear muffs have excellent technology that can allow you to hear voices with clarity while eliminating loud, harmful environmental sounds.
- Increase your awareness. It isn’t just the painfully loud sounds that can result in harm. Your ears can also be damaged by moderate noise if you are exposed to it for long periods of time.
- Try to avoid loud noises as much as you can. And when you can’t avoid high volume areas, use hearing protection. So when you go see that concert with your favorite band, be sure to use earplugs.
All of these actions will help protect your ears. But if you want to keep your hearing in good shape you can do one more thing: make an appointment with us for a hearing exam. Making sure you undergo hearing examinations regularly can help you discover hearing loss before it’s even noticeable. You should still have a screening even if your hearing is normal so that you can have a baseline to compare against in the future.
Keep Your Hearing Healthy With Hearing Aids
We live in a noisy world. Your ability to avoid damage is essential, but you might eventually notice some hearing loss despite your best efforts. If that’s the case, it’s vital that you get help as soon as you can. Some of the age related problems related to hearing loss can be prevented 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 work a little more youthfully. And dementia, depression, and other problems can be avoided. This analogy only goes so far since a facelift is cosmetic and hearing aids are necessary. 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 safeguard your ears and deal with your hearing loss.