Lifestyle Assessment – How Active is Your Hearing?
Many people in the UK, over the age of 20 have some form of hearing loss, whether noticeable or not. Knowing how to assess your lifestyle and use that information to eliminate hearing loss is something you should be doing daily.
Utilise a lifestyle assessment to determine the level of activity in your hearing life and what steps you can take to improve it and reduce your risk of hearing loss.
The Natural Aging Process
As you get older, there's no escaping hearing loss. But that doesn't mean you can't do something about it. Instead of losing your hearing gradually, take an active role in protecting and maintaining your hearing abilities through simple lifestyle habits.
For instance, reducing alcohol and cigarette consumption can improve your hearing ability. Not only that, but these habits could extend your lifespan by delaying disease development, including memory loss and dementia.
Limit or Avoid Exposure to Loud Sounds
Exposure to loud sounds can damage your hearing over time. The louder a sound, or the longer you're exposed to it, the higher the risk of damage to your ears. You should wear noise-reducing ear protection if you're exposed to loud sounds at work, concerts, sporting events, or home. It would help if you also took regular breaks during noisy periods so that your ears have time to recover. You can ask us about this at Hear in Hagley or Hear in Wombourne.
Turn Down Your Music
Many of us like to listen to music and listen to it loudly. We may even use the ever-popular earbuds, which directly brings the music into our ears. It is recommended that you only listen to your music for 60 minutes at 60% volume when using earbuds or headphones. As trying as this action may be, it is essential to follow if we want to protect our hearing to have a long hearing life. We talk to our clients on a regular basis about how to care for their ears with or without the use of hearing aids.
You can't just shut your ears off to avoid loud noises, but there are ways you can protect yourself against being exposed to excessive noise that can cause permanent hearing loss over time.
Prevention is always better than cure, and even if you already have hearing loss, you need to do all you can to protect the hearing that you do have. You can achieve this by being aware of your hearing lifestyle and making changes to your diet, exercise routine, and use of technology. By acting now, you will avoid many risks that come with hearing loss in later life.
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