Everyone wants to stay youthful for as long as possible. From gym memberships to Botox to wrinkle cream to special diets, we spend countless hours every day doing what we can to slow the steady march of aging. Still, with all that time and effort, the one thing that might actually work, we often avoid: protecting our ears.
Many people probably think of hearing loss as inevitable as we get older. But it’s not that simple. You can keep your hearing in good shape and help prevent damage by protecting and taking care of your ears. And good hearing can have considerable anti-aging benefits as time goes by.
Aging And Hearing
When we talk about “aging” we don’t usually mean the actual passage of time. Instead, specific emotional, mental, and physical changes are indications that someone is getting older. Joint pain is a perfect example of this. You may associate sore knees, for example, with “growing old”. But it’s not age by itself that causes the issue (your everyday 5-mile run could have something to do with it, also).
The same will also apply to many kinds of hearing loss. As you get older, damage builds up. And in most cases, it’s the build-up of damage that causes the actual hearing deterioration. And it’s often downhill from there. Untreated hearing loss has been related to a number of other indications of aging:
- Research has shown a robust connection between untreated hearing loss, anxiety, and depression.
- Occasionally, problems such as insomnia and loss of memory, can be triggered by the mental strain of attempting to hear. And that can make you feel like you’re aging in a particularly profound way.
- When hearing impairments are undetected and neglected they can sometimes accelerate the onset of other mental health problems, including dementia.
- Untreated hearing loss could cause you to isolate yourself from family or friends.
What to do About Age Related Hearing Loss
You’re really emphasizing damage prevention when you fight the “signs of aging” in your ears. And thankfully, there are a number of ways to accomplish that. For instance, you can:
- Become more aware. It isn’t just the painfully loud noises that can cause damage. Your ears can also be damaged by moderate noise if you are exposed to it for long time periods.
- Wear hearing protection to work if your job exposes you to loud noise. Current ear muffs have excellent technology that can let you hear voices clearly while filtering out loud, damaging environmental sounds.
- Try to avoid loud noises as much as you can. If you have to expose yourself to loud noise, use hearing protection. So make certain you use earplugs when you go to that rock concert.
Your ears can be safeguarded by all of these actions. But there’s one more thing you can do to keep your hearing in good shape: come see us for a hearing examination. Making certain you undergo hearing examinations regularly can help you discover hearing loss before it’s even perceptible. Even if your hearing is perfectly normal, a screening 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 loud. Even with your best effort to take care of your hearing, you still might ultimately detect some hearing loss. If that’s the situation, it’s vital that you get help as quickly as you can. A good set of hearing aids can help prevent some of the so-called age-related problems related to hearing impairments.
Hearing aids can assist your hearing to function more youthfully, sort of like a facelift for your ears. And that can help keep depression, dementia, and other problems at bay. The analogy isn’t perfect, as hearing aids are needed and a facelift isn’t, but you get the idea. Wrinkle creams may help you look younger. But your best bet, if want to feel younger, is to deal with your hearing loss and safeguard your hearing.