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As we get older, all too often we start saying, “What,” a lot. And yikes, it’s generally all down to our hearing.
How often do you consider your hearing and its health? If you’re like me, not very much because I think there’s a certain stigma attached to hearing loss.
Obviously there shouldn’t be, because often it’s just a part of the normal ageing process, and we shouldn’t be stigmatised for getting old.
But before we go on, if you’re ready for a smile, then have a look at this humorous video about hearing loss, and getting your hearing checked.
Australian Hearing are encouraging people to stay Hearing Fit. They want us all to be looking after our hearing health as much as our physical health, and that means having regular hearing checks along with our regular health checks.
It’s never too late
I’m told that around 60% of people over the age of 60 report some kind of hearing loss and because it can happen gradually we may not be aware of it.
However, these days we’re fortunate to have a choice of hearing aid solutions open to us, and mostly they’re inconspicuous. Nothing like those big old crackly hearing aids which I can remember my Grandmother using.
It’s never too late to do something about our hearing. My mum’s 97 year old partner kept on turning the TV up really loud and refused to go and have his ears tested. Disharmony reigned! Finally, sense prevailed and he did get his ears checked and he did have age-related hearing loss, and now my mum says it’s amazing what a difference a tiny, unobtrusive hearing aid makes to their life together.
“I don’t have to shout at him anymore and he’s stopped saying WHAT?” she told me on the phone the other day, “In fact it’s amazing what he does hear now!”
Get your hearing checked
You may not be aware that your hearing is diminishing. At least not until you start trying to lip read at parties and begin asking people to repeat themselves. Or maybe your children tell you that the TV is really way too loud.
Don’t let your hearing be the cause of avoiding parties and social gatherings. Consider having your hearing checked on a regular basis with Australian Hearing. The checks are carried out by experts and take around five minutes to complete.
“I don’t need to get my ears checked. I’ll just battle on until it gets really bad”, I can hear you saying.
But wait … I’ve found out that hearing loss left untreated has been linked to health issues like heart disease, dementia and depression. Did you know that?
It can also impact the quality of your relationships.
Yeah right – too many “Whats?” Frustrating! And let’s not start on what we might consider to be selective hearing.
How to keep your hearing in tip top shape
When we were young most of us probably took our hearing for granted.
I can remember my parents telling me that loud rock concerts weren’t good for my ears.
“You’ll go deaf,” they warned repeatedly.
But you know what, I’d still go and stand near those gigantic speakers, and let my ears throb, to be near my musical heart-throb of the moment.
So how can we best protect our ears to keep them in tip top shape?
I’ve done a little research and found out some sensible tips to help us protect our hearing on a daily basis.
Can I use cotton buds?
I know we all want to – and some of us tend to do it – you know, grab a cotton bud to give your ear a clean.
But it’s not a great idea because our ears are actually self-cleaning organs, and a little bit of wax is normal and helpful as it helps prevent dust and foreign particles from entering the ear canal. Plus you never know how far is too far, and pushing that cotton earbud into your ear could cause damage.
Why wear ear plugs?
If you’re around loud noises, and I don’t just mean your hubby’s snoring (joking joking) consider using earplugs to protect your hearing. This could be to protect you from work place or industrial noises, rowdy concerts, and even things like loud lawnmower noise. Also consider using swimmers’ earplugs if you swim regularly.
Tip: Try to stay away from loud noises – things like loudspeakers and anything that make your ears ring, or gives you muffled hearing afterwards.
Why you should keep your ears dry
Keep your ears dry because too much moisture can allow bacteria to get into the ear canal and cause things like swimmer’s ear and other infections which can impact your hearing. If you’ve been swimming and feel your ears are full of water just tilt your head to one side and gently pull your ear lobe downwards to let water out. Then gently towel-dry your ears.
What’s the buzz with earphones?
Opt for quality ‘over the ear’ noise cancelling earphones rather than small earplug ones which sit too far into your ear for good ear health. Oh, and remember whatever ear plugs you use don’t to have the volume turned up high, and don’t listen to music with earphones on for long stretches of time.
Why exercise and less stress is important
Stress and anxiety can apparently add to the symptoms of tinnitus – a ringing in your ears. As we get older, and perhaps retire from our careers, it doesn’t necessarily mean that our stress or anxiety levels will decrease, because they can be attributed to other things, not just work. So we should do things which help us stay in the moment and keep calm – learn to meditate, go for long walks, keep up your 10,000 steps a day! Or get out and do something else active as this can help your circulation which gets your blood pumping which in turn helps your ears stay healthy.
Get checked out
Anytime is a good time to get a checkup and stay Hearing Fit! Why not take the online hearing test today? Australian Hearing has over 600 centres across Australia, so there’s bound to be one near you. For more information and for advice about Australian hearing aids, go to Stay Hearing Fit.