As we age, many changes happen within our bodies. Our bones begin to grow more brittle and we begin to complain about aches and pains that weren’t there before. One issue that often occurs very gradually is hearing loss.
In fact, hearing loss is so common that 1 in 2 people aged 65 or older experience it to some degree. This might seem like a scary statistic, but there are some things you can do to determine if your hearing loss is related to aging or other factors.
What Are The Symptoms of Hearing Loss?
Obviously, not being able to hear well is the primary symptom, but there are other symptoms that could be warning signs of hearing loss:
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to sound
- Wanting to isolate oneself from social situations
What Are Age-Related Causes?
Changes in your ears, your brain, and your nerves can all be causes for age-related hearing loss. As you age, there could be small but significant changes in the structure of your inner ear as well as the blood flow to the ear. The small hairs in your ear that transmit the sound to the brain can also become damaged over time.
Impairment in the nerves responsible for hearing may start to happen as you start to age, just as it occurs in nerves throughout your body. Your brain naturally slows down as you grow older and changes can occur that make processing speech and sound more challenging.
What Causes Of Hearing Loss Are Not Related to Age?
It can be difficult to determine if hearing loss is solely due to age; with age, there often comes other issues that might contribute to your hearing loss. People who have diabetes, especially diabetes that is not well managed, can suffer from hearing loss.
Poor circulation, certain medications, and a family history can all lead to hearing loss. It is said so often that it seems a cliche, but smoking can cause a whole slate of health issues— hearing loss is just one of them. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing for your health at any age.
What Can I Do To Protect My Hearing?
Throughout your life, but especially anytime you notice an issue with your hearing, ensure that you are protected from loud noises. If you work in a factory, are a mechanic, or have any position that puts you in proximity to loud noises for long periods of time, it’s vital that you wear protective headphones.
Avoiding prolonged exposure to the loud noises even with ear protection is ideal. Eating right and exercising can also help to slow the aging process and keep your body and brain healthy. The healthier your body and brain, the longer you may be able to keep hearing loss at bay.
What Do I Do When I Experience Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your entire life. Those who are still working when they start to notice hearing loss might notice that they’re struggling to communicate with customers, clients, and coworkers. Your personal relationships can also feel the effects of hearing loss as well.
You don’t have to just accept hearing loss. We can help.
Start by taking VHS’s free online hearing test. We can tell you if you have mild, moderate or severe hearing loss. We’ll give you advice on the kind of hearing solution that would most benefit you. Our hearing devices are affordable and we even offer payment plan options to make sure that no matter what, your hearing health is taking care of.
If you have any questions or concerns about your hearing or the process of getting hearing aids, call our customer service team and talk to a specialist today!