Hearing Health and What Can Be Done About It
There was a time when hearing loss was commonly associated with old age. It was widely accepted that hearing just worsened in most people as they grew older. However, the times we are living in today, hearing loss has become a common problem even among young and middle-aged people.
There are many reasons contributing to this change; loud working environments, listening to music all day with earphones on, poor diet, and living in cities where noise pollution has become commonplace.
Hearing loss, unfortunately, cannot be reversed, but it can be prevented from worsening by taking good care of your health and looking after your hearing health through various activities.
Regular exercise and walk
There is no doubt that exercise has many benefits to human health. Similarly, it aids in improving hearing health as well. According to a study published in American Journal of Medicine, people who walked two hours every week on average showed a lesser risk of hearing loss.
The science behind this theory is that exercise regulates blood flow in the body and similarly, exercise will regulate blood flow in the ear as well, which is important to maintain healthy hair cells in the inner ear that help carry sound waves to the brain to translate. These hair cells do not have the ability to regenerate which is why there isn’t too much that can be done to fix it. However, prevention is always there and exercising daily is one way to do so.
Cut down your smoking habits
Smoking is known to damage more than just your lungs. According to a research conducted by the University of Manchester, there is a higher chance in smokers to develop hearing problems than in non-smokers. Carbon monoxide and nicotine in cigarettes cause blood vessels to tighten up which slows down blood flow. As a result, smokers don’t get enough oxygen to the ear and brain to perform auditory functions effectively. If you are a smoker and want to quit, this might be your cue to work towards better overall health and improved hearing.
Invest in good hearing aid
If you have been noticing hearing problems or you have been telling people to either repeat or speak a little louder, then you should not further compromise on your hearing health and get a hearing aid device which amplifies electrical signals and send them through cochlea.
Not wearing a hearing aid while already facing hearing loss can be detrimental to your hearing health, as it would only put more stress on your auditory nerves and damage them further.
Minimizing listening to loud music
It is understandable that music helps a lot of people deal with life little better, but it should not come at the expense of your health. There is no doubt that loud or long hours of listening to music can damage your auditory nerves and put undue stress on your ears. In fact, loud music is one of the biggest causes of deafness. It is necessary that you listen to music at low volume, which is not harmful to you or people around you. If you are working in a place that always has loud noises, wear an ear protector, which will filter out the noise.