The more we study human health, the more proof we find that everything is intertwined. The article “Eight ways to save your hearing” by Dr. Oz brings up many examples of this and arms you with the information to keep your body a well-hearing temple.
If you ignore one issue with your mind and body, the likelihood of a domino effect on your health and happiness is overwhelming; and this includes your hearing! A lack of audible stimulation long-term can lead to a surprising variety of problems like depression, anxiety, foggy memory, slower thought processing, difficulty walking, and a tripled risk of dementia.
Now for the good news! You can help your senses stay sharp by being conscious of what is responsible for hearing loss and being prepared. Keep a pair of earplugs handy for any occasion where you might be exposed to hearing-damaging volumes such as power tools, concerts, movie theaters, bars, trains, health clubs, sport games, and airplanes. As for tunes, one in three adults and three in five teenagers use headphones and earbuds at damaging volumes. Don’t let your desire to be completely immersed in your entertainment put you at risk. A good rule of thumb: be able to hear your other surroundings.
During your morning routine, there’s a good chance that you are hygienic to a fault. Cotton swabs can damage your sensitive ears and push earwax back against your eardrum. If your ears feel achy, full, muffled, or itchy, you’re much better off using a wax-removal product or calling your doctor. While on the subject with your doctor, ask if your medication is messing with your hearing! Drugs as common as ibuprofen and antibiotics can muffle hearing, which usually improves once you stop taking those meds. Believe it or not, high blood sugar, diabetes, and weight are factors for your hearing too. Just add it to the long list of the benefits of exercising!
If you’ve recognized some of the early signs of hearing loss like saying “What?” and turning up the TV volume frequently, do not put off getting a hearing test! People on average wait ten years before taking action with their hearing, which only lets the problem get worse and start those irreversible side effects. A survey of 3,000 people with hearing loss shows that those with hearing aids had less likeliness of depression, were more socially active, and had better cognitive abilities.