Comfort Keepers of Federal Way, WA Offers Tips To Prevent Hearing Loss
Learn more about how an elder care agency can help your senior loved one to live with hearing loss
Healthy Tips to Prevent Hearing Loss
Although hearing loss can’t be fully reversed, there are steps you can take to prevent further damage as well as manage your current level of hearing. Medications can help, but a supportive elder care agency can alleviate some of the everyday stresses that come with living with hearing loss.
The medical term that describes the process of hearing loss is called “presbycusis”. Presbycusis is caused by the loss of the tiny hair cells that act as sound receptors and send the accompanying electrical signals to the brain. Another common cause of hearing loss is the buildup of wax in the inner ear, which causes blockage in the ear canal and further conduction of sound waves.
While hearing loss can start at any age, preventative measures should be started early, and lifelong habits should be established. Below are some of the vital ways to prevent unnecessary hearing loss:
- Avoiding harmful, everyday noises. Monitoring volume levels is one of the most effective ways to prevent early onset hearing loss. For example, when listening to headphones, one should not put the volume past 50%, and never beyond 80%, for even limited periods of time.
- Minimizing chores that involve loud noises. Activities that are harmful to our ears – hunting, mowing, leaf blowing, use of power tools and so on – should be minimized, and one should always wear ear protection in loud workplaces and while partaking in other loud activities.
- Managing medical conditions. Always keep medical conditions under control. If left untreated, conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other circulatory illnesses can cause hearing loss.
Whatever the tactic or method you choose to cope with your hearing loss, it’s always important to safeguard our ears from harmful noises and care for our senses.
Some facts about hearing and hearing loss
The National Institute of Health in the United States estimates that approximately one third of people between the ages of 65 and 75 have some form of hearing loss, and that about one half of those individuals over the age of 75 have difficulty hearing normal sounds. Furthermore, 40% of the roughly 20 million Americans who do experience hearing loss are 65 and older. If your senior loved one falls into those statistics, an elder care agency can provide care services that will help them live with their hearing loss.
If you are concerned about your loved one's hearing condition, contact our elder care agency today. We're here to help.