Lifestyle Changes for Better Hearing
When people talk about lifestyle changes the things that come to mind are dieting to lose weight, quitting smoking and financial management, but you can take the same approach and protect your hearing. The thing about hearing protection is that it’s so easy to do provided you’re willing to carry through.
Know the Signs of Hearing Loss
Signs of hearing loss include straining to hear sounds that everyone around can hear, as well as feeling “lost” when in the midst of a group conversation. Tinnitus symptoms include hearing a roaring, buzzing or clicking noise, so if any of these manifest consult an ENT specialist.
Even if you aren’t experiencing any problems, have an annual checkup especially if you’re in your late 40s or older. Some hearing problems are related to age so have a specialist check it out to prevent deterioration. Even young people are not immune to hearing difficulties though, and in fact they’re more vulnerable due to concerts, fireworks and music players.
Optimize Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids today have a lot of features, but you’ll only benefit if they’re optimized so visit your hearing specialist every six months to fine tune the device. As your hearing aid is being optimized, tell your doctor about any technical or fitting issues you may be experiencing.
If you’re not comfortable, ask for new hearing aids. New devices are being released constantly so find one that fits you right. That’s another reason why it pays to visit your doctor regularly because he’ll inform you of any advances that have been made.
Develop Good Habits
This means going on a proper diet (more fruits and vegetables), exercise, drink moderately and quit smoking. There are many causes for hearing impairment, but studies show there’s a connection between hearing health and your lifestyle. Keeping an eye on what you eat is good for your calories and your hearing because vitamins makes you less vulnerable to hearing problems.
Smoking causes a lot of health problems and this includes your hearing. What happens is the toxins in cigarettes damage the inner ear and also the hairs responsible for sending sound to your brain. In addition, cigarette toxins cause a lot of damage to your brain’s auditory processing nerves. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are either, as the effect is the same.
Finally, take note of any areas that you’re struggling to hear, such as phone conversations, the TV, and so on. Finally, don’t expose your ears to extremely loud noises whether at home or the workplace. Keep your music player’s volume to normal levels, and wear ear plugs if necessary when exposed to loud noises outdoors.
If you think you need a hearing aid, make sure to get a hearing aid prescription. For more details of our hearing test & assessment, and hearing aid services, please contact HK Hearing & Speech Centre.
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