The thought of living without one of the five senses is pretty scary. Thankfully, for the most part, they stay intact for the majority of a person’s life. Still, that doesn’t mean that they are as on point as ever, especially hearing. As you age, it will become apparent that your hearing isn’t as sharp as before. For lots of people, this can be uncomfortable and impact their lifestyle. If you don’t want this is to happen, it’s essential to be proactive as possible and when the signs appear.
These are the steps to take as soon as your hearing is affected.
Making excuses is easy. Indeed, losing a sense is so scary that justification is the first go-to for many people. “It’s a buildup of wax” or “I’m just not concentrating” are the kinds of things you can expect to think and say. But, if you know this isn’t true, there is no reason to play dumb as it will only harm your health. Instead, accept the fact that your ears aren’t as sharp as before and head to a doctor’s office. They might not be able to repair the damage, but they can use technology to improve your hearing. Plus, they can also inform you of ways to prevent the situation escalating.
One piece of tech synonymous with hearing loss is a hearing aid. Thankfully, the specialists in labs are constantly updating the technology so that people with hearing problems don’t have to suffer. But, the only way to utilize the tech is to buy one. This seems like an obvious choice, yet people avoid them. For instance, they might not like the way they look, or the impression they give off. Once you have one, try and keep it in good condition because a broken hearing aid is no good. By cleaning it and removing the wax, it should last for a long time.
As soon as you accept that hearing loss is a problem, you can alter your lifestyle. The main thing to do is to lower the decibel levels. Sound waves are a part of life, from listening to music to watching the TV. However, high-pitched waves can damage the middle and inner ear even more and cause further harm. Yep, you guessed it – that means loud noises. Don’t omit noise from your life altogether, but do make sure it isn’t at harmful levels.
All of the above is pointless if you can’t see the signs in the first place. So, understanding that your hearing isn’t as strong as before is essential. To do this, a test by a medical professional is a great option. But, if the idea of going to the doctors doesn’t appeal, there are homemade remedies. Of course, quiet or muffled speech is a given, but don’t forget about tinnitus, too.
If you follow this advice, you can limit the damage and lead a happy life.
Good advice, Christy. I’ve yet to understand why hearing aids aren’t covered by health insurance. Do they not think hearing is necessary? Aids can be so expensive.
Thank you so much for this! ❤️❤️ I’m hearing impaired, likely going very nearly deaf. My hearing loss is a genetic-related autoimmune condition. I first noticed it at age 21, when I began to mess up names and words that sounded similar. My dad and his father had had the same thing, but I didn’t know mine would start setting in so young.
Not knowing about the nature of it, I chocked it up to having worked in noisy environments and having had ear infections from infancy to age 19.
When I was 30, I noticed a sharper decline, and figured it was a buildup of wax, so I got an ear cleaning kit from the local drug store and used it. Thinking my problem would clear up. But it didn’t. I had a prof in med school look in my ears and make sure I had cleaned them completely. I had.
So I went for the testing, which revealed a reverse-bell-curve shape of hearing loss. I was certified partially disabled by the state, which paid for my first set of hearing aids, at age 33. I only really need to wear them at conferences and lectures.
At home, I use closed captioning on the TV. We have labeled our DVDs with colored stickers: green means it’s outfitted with CC; yellow means no CC, but subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing (SDH); red means neither, so we watch those during the day when we can jack the volume up lol.
Once again, I thank you for writing another amazing and informative post! 👏🏼👏🏼❤️👍🏼💓
Very profound and important advises Christy!!
Thanks, a lot!
You would think common sense would lead people to choosing quality of life over vanity.
I have often thought that when the young folks who, habitually wear earphones with their tunes blasting, will likely have more hearing problems as they get older than other generations. I have a pair of wireless ones synced to my iPhone that I use when I walk. I love the sound I get and I keep the volume down, but I still wonder if that concentrated sound isn’t doing harm. My wife Anne was born with 75% hearing loss and it has deteriorated to 99.9% now. She has the most powerful hearing aid on the market in her right ear and that gives her about 10%. She is a proficient lip-reader, but as her eyesight deteriorates with age, she has more trouble lip-reading. She has never allowed her disability to stop her from living her life to the fullest. The best way to motivate her is to tell her she can’t do something… then get the heck out of the way! Great article, Christy!
I might have poor eyesight, but I’ve always taken my hearing for granted. Thanks for the tips, Christy!
You know, wearing glasses used to be an embarrassment. Now, it’s so fashionable, I know people who have 20/20 vision, but they wear glasses as a fashion accessory. Perhaps if hearing aids were stylish, like ear plugs we use for music, they could become fashionable, too. Just thinking out loud.
I’m at this crossroads now with my husband who insists he can hear fine (as his TV blares loud), but I know I must speak louder and call out to him a few times til he hears me. Stubbornness and pride is also something I have to deal delicately with. <3
This is sound advice Christy! Thanks for sharing.
While age-related problems cannot be avoided, turning down the decibels and catching the early signs could be really helpful.
Thanks for always being a guide and guard for many out here. Keep impacting our lives…
To be appreciated is a glorious thing, Sir JP! So great to see you here
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