If you’re like most people, your ears are an important part of your health. You may not think about them much, but they help you understand the world around you, ensure that you can communicate with others clearly—and give you a sense of balance. And while healthy hearing is often taken for granted, it’s not something that can last forever. But there are steps you can take to protect your hearing and maintain healthy ears as long as possible:
Talk to your doctor about your risk factors.
If you are in your 20s or 30s, you may not think about hearing loss as a risk for your age group. But the truth is that hearing loss is a problem that affects people of all ages.
If you are over the age of 50, it’s important to speak to your doctor about your risk of getting hearing loss. The older you get, the more likely it is that you will start to experience some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can make communication with other people difficult and can also lead to isolation and depression.
If you are in your 30s or 40s, consider speaking with your doctor about whether or not you should be screened for hearing loss. Even though younger adults typically don’t experience hearing loss as often as older adults do, it’s still possible for them to develop this condition if they don’t take preventative measures. If you are experiencing hearing loss, your doctor can also help you to find the right hearing aid as well as with troubleshooting hearing aid problems.
Have your hearing and balance tested regularly.
You should have your hearing and balance tested regularly because you never know when you might need it.If you’re like most people, you go about your day without thinking about what would happen if one of your senses stopped working. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen—and if it does, it’s best to be prepared.
You’ll want to have your hearing and balance tested regularly so that if something happens and you need to use them again, you can do so safely and effectively.
Know which noises can damage your hearing.
Loud noises, such as those from power tools, machinery, and firearms, can harm hearing. While these sounds are typically short in duration and don’t pose a risk to your hearing when you’re exposed to them infrequently, they can damage your hearing if you’re subjected to them for long periods of time on a regular basis.
Hearing loss has also been linked with exposure to high-pitched sounds like those found in concerts or sporting events. In addition, car horns are known for being loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss.
If you want to protect your hearing, there are many things you can do. The first step is to talk to your doctor about hearing loss risk factors. You should also have regular hearing and balance tests to detect any problems early on. Avoiding exposure to loud noises will prevent damage from occurring in the first place, but if exposure is unavoidable, then ear protection should be worn when necessary (such as during noisy sporting events).