Thursday, August 2, 2012
Prevent Hearing Loss...And Such
An update on my lack of comprehension (what? say it again? I can't hear you...): The audiology department still hasn't called me back and I haven't gotten around to choosing a new one, but check out some helpful information from one of my blog readers about hearing loss. Read, share enjoy!
By John O'Connor
Prevent Hearing Loss
WebMD states that hearing loss is something that may be gradual or sudden, and though there are some types of hearing loss that are unavoidable, there are also some types that may be prevented. If you are someone who is worried about hearing loss, or you are already beginning to suspect that you are dealing with some hearing loss at this point, you’ll find that it is essential to visit an audiologist in order to get your hearing checked. Your audiologist will be able to asses you current hearing levels and provide you with tips on protecting your hearing or depending on the severity even suggest the use of hearing aids. Making an appointment with an audiologist and following the steps mentioned below can help you protect and save your hearing in the long run.
Turn Down the Volume
Loud and persistent noises in your life can slowly wear away at your hearing. If you are someone who listens to music on a frequent basis, especially if you primarily listen to your media using headphones or ear buds, turn down the volume. In many cases, people listen to songs that vary in volume. A quiet song may prompt you to turn up the volume, and when the next loud song comes on, you may forget to turn it back down. Keep your music players at a fairly low but still audible volume.
Get Regular Hearing Checks
If you get regular physicals, make sure that you add hearing checks to the general run of tests that they perform on you. Typically, this is something that is easily conducted at the time of your appointment. Hearing checks can help you track your ability to hear things, and it can tell you if you are losing hearing and if so, how fast it seems to be deteriorating. While you cannot reverse hearing loss, you can slow it or even stop it entirely. When you are talking with a doctor, bring up your concerns and ask for further advice on how you can reduce the damage that you may be doing to your ears.
Wear Hearing Protectors
If you know that you are going to be near a loud noise, or if you are aware that there is going to be a lot of noise evident in the next few days near your workplace, make sure that you invest in devices that protect your ears. Earmuffs and earplugs are two common devices that will protect your hearing, and they are a necessity if you work at a job that is very loud. Earplugs do very well as they drown out harmful noises; choose hearing protectors that are rated for a high degree of protection.
There is a strong link between smoking and developing hearing loss, though the precise mechanism regarding how one affects the other is unknown. Smoking is a habit that leaves you open to many different health issues, and hearing loss is just one of the issues that might affect you. Take a moment to think about your smoking habit and to consider the effect it might be having on your hearing.
Are you someone who has been noticing some hearing problems, or is this a condition that concerns you? Take a moment to consider what might be endangering your hearing and what you can do to prevent further damage.