Protecting Your Hearing
The thought of losing your hearing is scary - but there are things you can do to actively prevent hearing loss, both now and as you age.
Your hearing absolutely affects your quality of life. Research from The American Academy of Audiology shows that if left untreated, hearing loss can be linked to both memory and cognitive decline. Hearing loss has also recently been linked to depression, sadness, and social isolation - it’s very difficult to feel engaged when you can’t hear what’s going on around you!
What can you do?
Thankfully there are things you can do to help prevent the onset of hearing loss. But do keep in mind some types of hearing loss, like inherited and presbycusis hearing loss are very difficult to prevent.
Protect to Prevent
We are often reminded not to look directly at the sun, but often our hobbies, social activities, and even occupations have us participating in activities that do the equivalent with noise. It's easy to listen to loud music or noise while forgetting about the possible long-term damage.
Extended exposure to loud noises, as well as sudden loud noises, can damage the hair cells in your cochlea (sense organ for hearing) and the auditory nerve. This can lead to both sudden and gradual hearing loss - and the damage can be irreversible.
So don’t stand too close to those speakers at concerts, and make sure your ear protection on work sites are properly fitted.
Don't play your music too loud, or for too long!
Get Tested Regularly
Regular testing of your hearing allows your hearing specialist to establish a baseline for your hearing and monitor any changes - providing early detection of hearing loss. If you know you’ve lost some hearing, even very minor, recognizing and discussing it with a professional can help you take steps to prevent further hearing loss and make a treatment plan. At Grand River Hearing & Tinnitus Centre, we help you put together a strategy to both prevent and potentially even slow the progression of hearing loss.
Make sure you test your hearing regularly!
At Grand River Hearing & Tinnitus Centre we help you both work to prevent hearing loss, and help you treat or slow the progression of existing hearing loss. Many people don't think about their hearing until there is an issue - we can work with you and your family to create a custom strategy to keep your hearing healthy!
Click HERE to book a consultation at one of our locations in Kitchener or Waterloo, and learn more about how you can prevent and slow the progression of hearing loss.