Fotolia 111011615 Subscription Monthly XXLAge-related hearing loss is a likely and natural occurrence for most people who live long enough.

That doesn’t mean we have to wait until we are “aged” before we take steps to address it, however.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama reminds you that there are a number of proactive steps we can take in the pre-retirement years to better protect our hearing health in the future.

 

1. Decrease odds of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL):  As many as 40 million American adults experience NIHL, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Sounds louder than 85 decibels damage hearing, especially over prolonged periods. Wear hearing protection for hobbies such as concerts, hunting, or motorcycle riding, and be mindful of the volume when listening to devices through headphones.

2. Get a hearing evaluation: Scheduling a comprehensive hearing evaluation at Physicians Hearing Center  is an excellent way to get a baseline idea of your hearing health. We can do screenings for newborns, as well as test for tinnitus and middle ear functioning in adults.

3. Be familiar with your family hearing health history: Some hearing conditions – otosclerosis, Pendred Syndrome and Usher’s Syndrome – are hereditary. The more your audiologist knows about your family’s hearing health history, the better they can diagnose and treat you.

4. Don’t put off healthy habits: Because your hearing health is tied to your circulatory system, it’s important to act now. Circulation factors such as obesity, smoking or heart disease can have an adverse effect on the cochlea’s sensory hair cells, which take noise your ear collects and translates them into electrical impulses for your brain.

5. Save up for hearing aids: Consider opening a health savings account so you can put away money for healthcare costs. You can use some of this money for hearing aids, which may cost between $1,000 to $4,000 each. Spending some funds on hearing aids when you first experience hearing loss could save you more money down the road, a study found.

In addition to these measures, being proactive on hearing health now can help stave off the following medical issues:

  • Alzheimer’s or dementia: Untreated hearing loss is one of the factors with developing dementia.
  • Injury: Studies show people who don’t treat hearing loss are three times as likely to trip and fall.
  • Emotional problems: Untreated hearing loss can increase your risk of depression.

For more information on how Physicians Hearing Center services can help you, call 334.673.7399 or contact us online.