As we age, there are many health conditions assumed as not being preventable and something we just must accept. In seniors, hearing loss is one of the most poorly managed and under-recognised conditions. Better Hearing
This is partly because for many of us we assume that this is the natural part of the ageing process and something that will inevitably happen. In Australia, 37% of adults from the age of 61 to 70 years are affected by hearing loss, for those older than 85 years of age this increases to 80%. The fact is, there are many preventable measures and solutions that can reduce the impact of hearing loss.
“What many people don’t realise is that if managed with early intervention strategies, the effects of hearing loss can be prevented, reduced or can slow the progression of loss in hearing. In addition, studies have shown early intervention can reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
The key is if you are having any hearing loss concerns, or you are beginning to struggle to hear people in conversations, and in social situations, seek professional help early” comments Daniel Fechner, Director at Ear Studio.
The consequences of unmanaged hearing loss can increase the risk of falls, social isolation, depression and cognitive decline. The good news is, there are strategies available that you can do now to reduce the progression of hearing loss. No matter how mild the hearing loss may seem, early management is key.
4 TIPS FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND CARE OF YOUR HEARING:
1. AVOID LOUD NOISES AND HIGH VOLUMES!
Due to modern technology and environmental noises, people of all ages can damage their hearing. Reducing any loud sound levels in your life can make a difference. For example, turn down the sound level of your TV, stereo or car radio. Most importantly, keep the level of the sound in your ear buds or headphones to a reasonable level. For noisy or loud work environments ensure you wear appropriate hearing protection.
2. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR PROPER EAR HYGIENE
Best to avoid using cotton buds for cleaning your ears. Wax can become compacted from being pushed further and deeper into the ear canal impairing your hearing. It is recommended to seek assistance from your doctor or audiology clinic to professional clean ear wax in order to maintain optimal ear health.
3. LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Research has linked age-related hearing loss with a decline in cognitive function, and dementia. The good news is, there are options and solutions to alleviate and slow the onset of these conditions. Lifestyle changes, stress management solutions, doing things you love and enjoy, physical exercise, yoga, meditation, puzzles for cognitive function. In general keeping an active mind and body.
4. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR EARLY INTERVENTION SOLUTIONS
Today’s advanced hearing aids can assist with improving social well being and overall quality of life. Hearing aids can support better hearing in a number of listening situations and improved communication with family and friends. Discreet hearing aids offering many features and benefits. Some devices can monitor physical activity, others feature a safety fall alarm that sends a message to a nominated person or carer. Other advances are wireless connectivity from your mobile phone to your hearing aids for hands free phone calls and are rechargeable – so no little batteries to change.
This NSW Seniors Festival, ( 25th March – 3rd April) Ear Studio encourages all seniors to make an appointment for a comprehensive hearing assessment and ear health check.
To Book: Ph: (02) 9159 6122 or Email: [email protected] or visit www.earstudio.com.au Ear Studio is located at Suite 9/60 Cecil Avenue, Lawton House Castle Hill and Terrey Hills Family Surgery, 50 Booralie Road, Terrey Hills.
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