Everyone wants to stay young for as long as possible. From gym memberships to Botox to wrinkle cream to special diets, we spend countless hours every day doing everything we can to slow down the aging process. Still, with all that time and effort, the one thing that may actually work, we tend to avoid: protecting our ears.
Many people most likely consider hearing loss as inevitable as we get older. But it’s not as simple as that. You can keep your hearing in good condition and help avoid damage by safeguarding and caring for your ears. And great hearing can have considerable anti-aging effects as time goes by.
Hearing And Aging
When we talk about “aging” we don’t usually mean the actual passing of time. Instead, “aging” usually describes the presentation of certain physical, mental, or emotional attributes that we link to aging. A great example of this is joint pain. You may associate sore knees, for instance, with “getting old”. But it’s not age by itself that leads to the problem (your regular 5-mile run may have something to do with it, too).
The same goes for many kinds of hearing loss. There’s a build-up of damage as you grow older. And in most cases, it’s the build-up of damage that leads to the actual hearing degeneration. And it’s often downhill from there. Untreated hearing loss has been related to a number of other indications of aging:
- When hearing problems are unnoticed and untreated they can sometimes accelerate the onset of other mental health issues, including dementia.
- Untreated hearing loss might cause you to self-isolate from family or friends.
- In some cases, issues such as insomnia and loss of memory, can be triggered by the mental strain of attempting to hear. And that might make you feel like you’re getting old in an especially profound way.
- Research has shown a strong connection between untreated hearing loss, anxiety, and depression.
What to do About Age Related Hearing Loss
When you battle the “signs of aging” in your ears, you’re actually placing an emphasis on controlling damage. And luckily, there are quite a few ways to achieve that. For example, you can:
- Steer clear of loud noises as much as you can. If you have to expose yourself to loud noise, use hearing protection. So when you go see that concert with your favorite band, be certain to wear earplugs.
- Become more aware. It’s not just the painfully loud noises that can cause damage. Moderate sound for longer periods of time can cause injury to your ears, too.
- 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.
Your ears can be safeguarded by all of these actions. But if you want to keep your hearing in good condition you can do one more thing: contact us for a hearing examination. Catching hearing loss before you even notice it can be achieved by getting regular tests. Even if your hearing is perfectly normal, 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 take care of your hearing, you still might ultimately notice some hearing loss. If that’s the case, it’s essential that you get help as soon as you can. A good pair of hearing aids can help lessen some of the so-called age-related concerns related to hearing impairments.
Hearing aids can help your ears function more youthfully, kind of like a facelift for your ears. And dementia, depression, and other issues can be prevented. The analogy isn’t perfect, because hearing aids are necessary and a facelift isn’t, but you get the point. Wrinkle creams could help you look younger. But your best choice, if want to feel younger, is to take care of your hearing loss and protect your ears.