5 Steps To Take Better Care Of Your Hearing Health

June 18, 2020

Hearing loss is far more common than you might realise, the NIDCD reported that, ‘about 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids.’ Age related hearing loss is common, however this does not mean that experiencing hearing loss is inevitable. There are many things you can do to take better care of your hearing health.

1.  Eat antioxidant rich foods
Antioxidants can help to improve the health of our entire bodies from our brains to our hearts and our ears! Antioxidant rich foods can help your body to fight off free radicals that lead to dysfunction and disease. Foods which are high in antioxidants include kale, spinach, artichokes, blueberries and fish. When you take steps to improve your diet, you’ll boost your immune system and increase your energy levels.

2 . Beware of the volume
Whether you’re at a concert, watching TV or listening to music, beware of the volume that you are exposing your ears to. Hearing health guidelines suggest that it’s safe to listen to sounds of 85 decibels or lower. Sounds that exceed 85 decibels are considered unsafe and could damage your hearing.

3. Quality ear plugs
It’s useful to invest in a quality pair of ear plugs if you often attend gigs, nightclubs or festivals. Cheaper ear plugs will protect your ears however they may distort the music quality. So what are the best ear plugs for listening to music? The ‘Flare Audio Isolate Aluminum' ear plugs are an excellent option for gigs. These ear plugs offer a ‘bone conduction’ feature, which ensures that you can hear the finest details of the music. Another great option are the ‘Alpine MusicSafe Pro’ ear plugs. These feature interchangeable filters, depending on the sound type and source. 

4. Prevent ear infections
To prevent an ear infection you should keep your ears clean by using cotton buds on a daily basis. It’s also important to keep your ears dry, as too much moisture can also result in an ear infection. If you do not clean your ears regularly this can lead to slight hearing loss, as well as a potential infection. Those who swim regularly should ensure that excess water is removed from their ears after each swimming session.

5. Audiologist visits
To look after your hearing health it’s vital to schedule regular visits with an audiologist. Your audiologist will explain what you can expect at a hearing test, conduct the test, and provide you with feedback. When it comes to hearing loss, you won’t notice the early signs at first. For this reason it’s useful to have a test even if you are not convinced that you need one. To learn more about hearing problems and tests, take a look at the Ear Tech Audiology website.

If you already have hearing loss, there are several apps available to make life easier. Check out applications such as AVA, Rogervoice or Braci. These applications offer features including captioning or visual alerts to represent sounds.

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