Posted January 5, 2016
Hearing enriches the world around us and it’s easy to take it for granted. Sadly though, by age 50, many people have experienced, or are suffering from, hearing loss. Protect your hearing throughout life by following six simple tips:
- Protect – People use noisy appliances, such as hair dryers, music players, lawn mowers and chain saws every day. Most emit sounds higher than 85 decibels, which can damage hearing over time. Use these machines and appliances at low levels and wear earplugs to protect your hearing.
- Prepare – When attending a noisy event, such as a fireworks celebration, parade or concert, wear earplugs and avoid sitting near speakers. You’ll be glad you did.
- Monitor – Health problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or illnesses and infections, including measles, mumps and meningitis, can impact your hearing. Contact your doctor’s office immediately upon noticing a change in your hearing.
- Clean – Too much earwax can muffle sounds and cause decreased hearing. If this happens, don’t push it in deeper with a cotton swab. Instead, put two drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear, give it 10 minutes, then rinse. Do this once a month, or as directed by your doctor.
- Diagnose – Nasal allergies, colds and flu viruses can create a fluid buildup around the middle ear and cause swelling. Sounds may become muffled, or a ringing or buzzing noise may develop in one or both ears. Contact your doctor to diagnose the problem. Learn more about how a cold can affect your hearing.
- Test – Schedule a hearing test to establish a hearing baseline that doctors can use when evaluating your hearing for changes.
Hearing loss can occur for many reasons, learn about five common causes.