An estimated 20 percent of Americans admit to some form of hearing loss, and by the age of 65, 33 percent of adults report hearing loss. And about 60 percent of people who admit to hearing loss are still active in the work force, which could affect their job performance.
Although it may seem like a minor issue, hearing loss is behind only heart disease and arthritis as the most commonly diagnosed physical ailment in the U.S. But unlike those ailments, hearing loss affects a cross-section of the public, and can be mild, moderate or severe.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to prevent or minimize hearing loss as you go about your daily activities.
Take These Steps To Help Prevent Hearing Loss
We live in a world surrounded by noise, whether it’s the hum of cars in traffic, industrial noises due to construction, or everyday noises related to people talking, laughing or shouting.
Some of the steps you can take to lower your chances of experiencing hearing loss include:
- Use Earplugs – If you work at a job where the noise level is much higher than in other occupations, then you should invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling earplugs. Some of these earplugs can be molded to fit your ear, and most are reusable. These are ideal for construction workers, police officers, musicians, and members of the military.
- Lower the Volume On Music – Lots of people love to work out at gyms with headphones on, playing music for inspiration, motivation, or simply to drown out the noise where they are working up a sweat. But too often, the volume level on your headphones is way too high. If you can hear the music playing clearly when you remove your headphones, that’s a sure sign for you to turn down the volume.
- Take Breaks To Remove Yourself From Noise Exposure – If you know that you will be spending time in a place that is exposed to a lot of noise, take breaks so that you can move away from the center of the noise for awhile. Prolonged exposure to noise even for a short period of time can cause hearing loss.
- Get Tested – If you suspect that your hearing is getting worse, you should schedule a professional evaluation, or at least take an online hearing test that can provide you with a baseline of where your hearing should be, and where it is. Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate by age, so early detection can give you more options in terms of preserving whatever remains of your hearing range.
Staying Vigilant About Your Hearing
The danger of hearing loss is that it often occurs gradually, so that you barely notice until it’s too late. That’s why it’s not only important for you to do whatever you can to minimize or prevent hearing loss, but to also make sure that you have an annual checkup that can detect any problems with your hearing, or with your ear itself.
While it’s true that hearing loss gets worse with age, you shouldn’t ignore clear signs that your hearing is getting worse. If you’re worried about your hearing in any way, please call the staff at the office of Joshua P. Light MD at 561-737-8584to schedule a hearing test.