Monday, 20 August 2012

Health to Prevent Hearing Loss

I'm often surprised how many people have hearing loss. John O'Connor, a fellow blogger, has some useful tips to help prevent hearing loss in his article below:

Reduce Noise

Noise is all around us but for some people, noise is a particularly loud part of everyday life. This includes those who work on construction sites, in gardening or with power tools on a regular basis. The best practice is to reduce your exposure to loud noise as much as possible, but if you cannot prevent exposure to the noise, wear earplugs or earmuffs to reduce exposure.       

Lower the Volume

Many people listen to their music player, such as their iPod, for several hours a day, often at very high volumes. However, listening to music at loud decibels can lead directly to hearing loss. Keep the volume down enough so that you can hear conversations around you. In addition, some iPhone or iPod players have a “Volume Limit” selection under “settings” that allow you to limit the volume at which the device may be set. This will help keep your music at a constant, safer level.

Be Conscious of Your Weight

While you may not instantly associate being overweight with hearing loss, the fact is that if you are overweight, you are at increased risk for pre-diabetes and/or diabetes. Even with pre-diabetes, your risk of hearing loss is more than 30 percent than those without diabetes symptoms. Consult your doctor if you suspect that you are overweight, obese and may have some of the first signs of diabetes.

Make an Appointment

If you feel you are slowly losing your hearing or are already affected by hearing loss, it would be smart to make an appointment with an audiologist.  An audiologist will be able to run you through various tests in order to find your baseline hearing levels.  After determining where your hearing currently stands, they will be able to provide you with tips to protect your hearing or depending on the severity of your hearing loss, prescribe the use of hearing aids to help better your overall hearing.

Work It Out

There is an association with a lack of cardiovascular health and hearing loss. Exercise two to three days a week at least for an hour each time and make sure you are getting your heart rate elevated, which will help make your heart healthy and strong.

Be Careful Cleaning Your Ears

Cotton swabs are great for applying or removing makeup but not for cleaning the wax out of your ears. Earwax is a natural process that helps keep the ear clean and protected from exterior debris and bacteria. If you clean it out using cotton swab, you may actually push the wax in deeper, blocking the ear canal and resulting in hearing loss.

Making some basic healthy lifestyle choices will help you be happy and healthy and may even help you prevent devastating hearing loss. Start making some smart changes today.

Thanks John!