5 Ways That May Help You Avoid Hearing Loss

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Odds are you're being exposed to a lot of loud noise at concerts. Enjoy music at a safe volume with ear plugs.

Age-related hearing loss, also called presbycusis, is becoming increasingly common as the population ages and because many people are exposed to noisy environments on a regular basis. While hearing loss is in many ways a natural part of aging - it's not your grandfather's hearing loss anymore. There are many things you can do to limit damage to your hearing health. Mainly, it's important to be aware of how much noise you are exposed to throughout your normal day. Protecting your hearing health is often easier than you may think. Here are five tips to protect your hearing:

  1. Avoid loud music
    Everyone loves listening to music. With smartphones and other devices making it possible to enjoy music anywhere, many people have become accustomed to wearing headphones all of the time. When you add noisy restaurants and bars, train commutes, concerts and movie soundtracks into the equation, odds are you're being exposed to a lot of loud noise. However, there are ways to enjoy music at a safe volume. According to Action on Hearing Loss, simply remember the acronym M.U.S.I.C.
  • MP3 players should be kept at a safe volume
  • Use quiet areas at night clubs and bars and take regular breaks by stepping outside
  • Stand back from speakers when enjoying music
  • Invest in noise-cancelling headphones
  • Carry earplugs with you to concerts and other loud venues
  1. Use earplugs or ear muffs
    Earplugs and ear muffs should be worn when a person is exposed to unsafe noise levels for an extended duration. Make sure to use ear protection even when mowing the lawn or snow-blowing the driveway. Disposable earplugs can be found at any neighborhood pharmacy, grocery or hardware store.
  2. Get your hearing tested regularly
    It's difficult to identify your own hearing loss as it is a very gradual process. Much the same way that you don't notice your children grow from day to day but go away for a week or two and wham, suddenly they could join the Lakers! Hearing tests are central to keeping track of your long term hearing health. Schedule a hearing testwith a local AccuQuest audiologist or licensed hearing health care professional to take charge of your hearing health.
  3. Avoid prolonged noise exposure
    It's easy to lose track of time when you're flying down the highway with the top down on your convertible or enjoying an outdoor concert but remember to give your ears regular breaks. Higher levels of noise mean that hearing damage occurs faster, a lot faster, so you should reduce the amount of time that you are exposed to loud noises and environments.
  4. Use safe hygiene practices
    Don't partake in dangerous ear-cleaning activities such as candling, coning, or using cotton swabs. These cleaning methods put your hearing health at risk. Instead, invest in an over-the-counter ear drops that remove ear wax.

Since hearing loss is becoming so common, it would be a good idea to add a hearing test to your list of annual screenings. Because of the damage that loud music and headphones or ear buds are causing, the incidence of hearing loss has increased dramatically since the advent of the walkman back in 1979. The Medical establishment suggests a baseline before age 30 or ASAP and then annual screenings age 50+.

If you are concerned about hearing loss, for yourself or for someone important to you, contact your Audiologist or Hearing Health Care Professional at your nearby AccuQuest Hearing Centers.

While hearing loss is in many ways a natural part of aging, there are many things you can do to limit damage to your hearing health.