If you have been prescribed hearing aids due to a hearing problem, always use them as recommended by your healthcare provider. The advantages of using hearing aids are not just limited to hearing improvement but also:
- Overall improvement in health, as your mind is less fatigued. It’s able to concentrate better in conversations since your mind and ears don’t have to work so hard as opposed to when your hearing problem remains untreated.
- A person’s mental health improves as the energy and patience required to concentrate on hearing and understanding conversations is minimized with hearing aids. People generally start isolating themselves because they feel less self-confident as their self- confidence takes a hit.
Walk a lot
Exercising is one of the best ways to improve hearing health. And as they say, walking is the best exercise. The unhealthier a person is; the more the body functions suffer. Hearing health is related a lot to the overall health of the body. Walking helps to lose excess weight and body fat and should be made a daily habit after all meals and early mornings.
Walking and exercise help improve blood flow, which is essential to the health of inner hair cells. These hair cells convert sound into electrical pulses for the brain.
Say “No to Smoking”
Among the plethora of reasons, you should stop smoking; improvement in hearing health is one of them, and an essential one at that. Smokers are 28% more likely to develop hearing loss than non-smokers. The number of cigarettes per day and the time since which the person has been smoking majorly determine the hearing health.
According to medical professionals, nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes tighten your blood vessels, essentially starving your inner ear of the oxygen it needs to keep the hair cells in the cochlea healthy.
Nicotine can also affect the neurotransmitters in the auditory nerve, preventing them from accurately processing sound.
Quitting this deadly habit has many other benefits also. It can prevent lung diseases, heart diseases, and other smoke-related diseases.
Keep the Volume Low
Avoiding continuous exposure to very noisy environments, not listening to loud music or not having the TV/Radio volume way up, is an easy and effective way to avoid Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). It is a common form of hearing loss and affects a large part of the population, especially people who live in urban environments.
Environmental noise of 85 dB or more is damaging to the ears. If the person knows that they are going to be in such an environment for an extended period, it will benefit them to wear protective ‘ear gear’. It is very important to protect kids from such loud noises to safeguard their ear health.
Evaluate your Hearing
One should regularly get their hearing evaluated to avoid further damage if any. The hearing healthcare professional or doctor will establish a baseline to evaluate your hearing to determine current ear health. You will be able to monitor it as you grow older. So, don’t delay, and schedule an appointment immediately.