Everyone wants to stay young for as long as possible. We spend countless hours trying everything we can to stay young. From special diets to fad workout programs to Botox to wrinkle creams. Still, with all that time and effort, the one thing that may actually work, we often avoid: wearing ear protection.
Hearing loss is often one of those “signs of aging” that we often consider to be inevitable. But it’s not as simple as that. You can keep your hearing in good shape and help avoid damage by protecting and taking care of your ears. And as time goes by, great hearing can have significant anti-aging advantages.
Aging And Hearing
When we talk about “aging” we don’t usually mean the actual passing of time. Instead, “aging” generally describes the presentation of certain physical, mental, or emotional characteristics that we associate with getting older. A great example of this is pain in your joints. When your knees begin to hurt, you might relate that with “getting old”. But it’s not age alone that leads to the problem (your daily 5-mile run may have something to do with it, also).
Many types of hearing loss are in this category. There’s an accumulation of damage as you grow older. And in most situations, it’s the build-up of damage that leads to the actual hearing degeneration. And it’s often downhill from there. Neglected hearing loss has been connected to a number of other signs of aging:
- When hearing problems are unnoticed and neglected they can often accelerate the onset of other mental health issues, including dementia.
- Neglected hearing loss could cause you to isolate yourself from family or friends.
- Research has shown a strong link between untreated hearing loss, anxiety, and depression.
- In some cases, the mental demand associated with attempting to hear can lead to issues such as memory loss or insomnia. And that might make you feel like you’re aging in a particularly profound way.
So How do I Combat Age-Related Hearing Loss?
You’re really 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. Here are some things you can do:
- Raise your awareness. It’s not just the painfully loud noises that can cause harm. Your hearing can also be damaged by moderate noise if you are exposed to it for long time periods.
- Avoid loud noises as much as you can. And when you can’t avoid high volume places, wear hearing protection. So make certain you use earplugs when you go see your favorite band.
- Wear hearing protection to work if your job exposes you to loud noise. With modern quality ear muffs, loud sounds are filtered out while voices are still able to be heard with clarity.
All of these actions will help safeguard your ears. But in order to keep your hearing in good condition you can do one more thing: contact us for a hearing exam. Catching hearing loss before you even notice it can be accomplished by getting regular tests. Even if your hearing is perfectly normal, an exam will still be capable of providing a useful baseline to compare against future results.
Wear Hearing Aids to Keep Your Ears Healthy
We live in a loud world. Despite your best effort to take care of your hearing, you still may ultimately notice some hearing loss. You should get help as soon as possible if you do notice any symptoms of hearing loss. Some of the age related issues related to hearing loss can be avoided with a quality pair of hearing aids.
Hearing aids can assist your hearing to function more youthfully, sort of like a facelift for your ears. And dementia, depression, and other issues can be prevented. This example only goes so far since a facelift is cosmetic and hearing aids are essential. You may look younger if you use wrinkle cream. But your best choice, if want to feel younger, is to take care of your hearing loss and safeguard your hearing.