Sometimes, we receive such good information from experts, we love to share with you. May is Hearing Awareness Month, and hearing is a sense that we need as a survival mechanism. It also provides astounding pleasure – our favorite music, birds singing, etc. Loss of hearing is typically age related – and there are no dietary supplements that can support and protect hearing. So, we proudly present the following information from our friends at Beltone, a global leader in hearing aids and hearing health for the past 76 years.
Loss of hearing is gradual, and can be hastened by long-duration high-decibel sounds (power tools, lawn mowers), loud music. In fact, it is not uncommon to read that a popular musician has hearing loss due to years of performing on large stages worldwide.
The first thing you can do is protect your ears in noisy environments. Also, avoid using cotton swabs to clean your ears. And, make it a priority to get a baseline hearing screening to see if hearing loss has already occurred.
If hearing loss is found during your hearing evaluation, it could be due to excess ear wax or infection. This type of hearing loss is reversible. If hearing loss stems from chronic exposure to loud noise, aging, or certain illnesses and medications, hearing aids are the best way to preserve your good hearing.
The great news about today’s hearing aids is how small and easy to wear they are. Modern digital hearing aids use super-tiny microprocessor technology–making them virtually invisible when worn. Hearing aids can help almost all degrees of hearing loss–from a little to a lot. And, by stimulating your brain with sound that might not otherwise reach it, hearing aids help keep your brain active, which lowers your risk for cognitive diseases, such as dementia.
Here are some warning signs of hearing loss:
- If you suspect you may have hearing loss, don’t ignore it. Neglecting a hearing loss can have a snowball effect–making it grow bigger, faster than necessary.
- It sounds like people are mumbling and it is increasingly difficult to understand – and you find yourself asking people to please repeat what they said.
- You experience ringing in your ears, a condition called tinnitus.
- People around you begin to complain that the volume of what you are listening to is too loud, and that you are speaking more loudly as well.
- Conversely it becomes more difficult to hear typical household noises, such as a dripping faucet, ice tumbling from the ice maker in the fridge, microwave beeper and other timers.
- You have increasing difficulty hearing on the phone, and filtering out background noise to hear things or people close to you.