Everyone wants to stay young for as long as possible. From wrinkle creams to Botox to special diets to spin class, we spend countless hours every day doing what we can to slow down the aging process. Still, with that amount of time and effort, the one thing that could actually work, we tend to avoid: wearing ear protection.
Hearing impairment is often one of those “signs of aging” that we tend to consider to be inevitable. But it’s not as simple as that. By safeguarding your ears (and treating them with a bit of kindness along the way), you can help prevent damage and keep your hearing in good condition. And as time goes by, strong hearing can have significant anti-aging rewards.
Hearing And Aging
When we speak about “aging” we don’t normally mean the actual passage of time. Instead, “aging” usually describes the presentation of certain physical, mental, or emotional characteristics that we associate with aging. Pain in your joints is a perfect example of this. When your knees start to hurt, you might relate that with “growing old”. But lifestyle has as much to do with this as age does.
The same will also apply to many kinds of hearing loss. As you age, damage accumulates. The accumulation of damage, in most situations, is the actual cause of hearing degeneration. And it’s often downhill from there. Several other signs of aging have been connected to hearing loss:
- Depression and anxiety have been shown to have a strong connection to hearing loss.
- The onset of mental problems, including dementia, can sometimes be hastened by ignored or undetected hearing loss.
- Self isolation from family and friends can be the outcome of untreated hearing loss.
- Occasionally, problems like insomnia and loss of memory, can be initiated by the cognitive strain of attempting to hear. And that can make you feel like you’re getting old in a particularly profound way.
So How do I Fight Age-Related Hearing Loss?
You’re really emphasizing damage prevention when you battle the “signs of aging” in your ears. And luckily, there are a number of ways to achieve that. For example, you can:
- If you happen to work in a somewhat noisy environment, wear ear protection. Current ear muffs have incredible technology that can let you hear voices with clarity while filtering out loud, damaging environmental sounds.
- Become more aware. You can still have harm to your hearing even if sounds aren’t painfully loud. Your ears can also be injured by moderate noise if you are exposed to it for long time periods.
- As much as you can, steer clear of loud noises. And when you can’t avoid high volume areas, wear hearing protection. So make certain you wear earplugs when you go to that rock concert.
Your ears can be protected by all of these steps. But if you want to keep your hearing in good shape you can do one more thing: schedule an appointment with us for a hearing exam. Making certain you get hearing examinations regularly can help you catch hearing loss before it’s even perceptible. Even if your hearing is perfectly fine, an exam will still be able to provide a useful baseline to compare against future results.
Wear Hearing Aids to Keep Your Ears Healthy
The world we live in can be boisterous. Even with your best effort to protect your hearing, you still may eventually detect 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 concerns linked to hearing loss can be avoided with a good pair of set aids.
You could perhaps consider hearing aids as a facelift for your ears: something to allow your ears to work a little more youthfully. And that can help keep depression, dementia, and other problems from increasing. This analogy only goes so far since a facelift is cosmetic and hearing aids are essential. You might look younger if you use wrinkle cream. But your best bet, if want to feel younger, is to deal with your hearing loss and protect your hearing.