Age Related Hearing Loss
As George Bernard Shaw said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” No more so than when it comes to taking care of our bodies and more specifically, our hearing. Late nights on smoky dance floors, dusty arenas at gymkhanas, jack hammers on construction sites, iPods for jogs in the morning; we’re circumstantially and unconsciously blasting our ear drums day in and day out.
This, of course, doesn’t seem to be a problem, at the time, and adds to the thrill of the environment. There’s nothing like coming home at the end of the night, lying in bed and hearing that consistent “ring” in your head from a great day out. But what about in 10 years time when that ring just doesn’t happen? Or in 20 years time when we can’t hear as well? Noticing the differences in these aural changes can make a huge difference in taking the small steps to preserving your hearing and quality of life for longer.
Presbycusis is the medical term for age related hearing loss. Perhaps you’ve previously experienced some symptoms that didn’t seem important at the time but have become more frequent? Here are some characteristics indicating early hearing loss:
- You can hear that something’s being said but not exact what is being said. For example, in a restaurant you struggle to hear the general conversation well. Particularly where there is background noise or other conversation.
- You are more sensitive to loud sounds.
- You begin to compensate for your loss of hearing by talking louder yourself.
- The ringing sound doesn’t fade after a quiet night’s rest. (Tinnitus)
- You struggle to hear high pitched sounds.
Apparently your sense of hearing operates like a coupon system. Once you’ve used them, they’re gone for good. This is now medical fact – therefore, the sooner you become aware of your hearing level the better for your aural health. Little hairs cells inside your ear vibrate and transmit sound. When these tiny cells are damaged or die, your sense of hearing fades too.
So what can be done about it? It’s important to consider preserving your hearing before the damage starts. Loud noises can be damaging. Take notice if you feel your hearing ability is changing. The easiest thing to do is to go for a hearing test. Once you’ve determined your aural climate, you can take better care of your sense of hearing. Here are a few tips that can help you look after your hearing health:
- Turn the music down! Exposure to noise accelerates hearing loss so a decent set of noise isolating earphones or earphone sleeves will block out external noise. That means you can enjoy music at lower volumes.
- Protect your ears from loud sounds. PERFECTfit offers a variety of ear plugs for musicians, construction workers, etc.
- The old tale is true: Never insert anything into your ears that is sharper than your elbow.
- Seek medical attention if you experience any pain in the ear.
- Avoid cigarette smoking. Research has shown that smoking can affect the health of the inner ear hair cells that allow you to hear clearly.
As Desiderius Erasmus said, “Prevention is better than cure.” Visit the PERFECTfit product page today and find the perfect pair of ear plugs to help you preserve your hearing.