Understanding Hearing Loss
Over 31 Million Americans suffer from some form of Hearing loss
Hearing Loss Prevention
Your Ears are Sensitive Instruments
Your ears are truly sensitive instruments that, for most people, are capable of picking up extremely fine traces of sound. If protected from loud noise or other damaging effects, the human ear can provide a lifetime of full hearing.
This is why protecting your hearing is so important. Did you know that many causes of hearing loss are highly preventable? You may love going to a concert at a loud rock venue, or be thrilled at the idea of a day at the race track, but the truth is, sudden, violent sounds like loud live music or explosive noises can also concuss the inner ear. Simply put, events like these can damage your inner ear, where sound is delivered to the nerves leading to the brain.
Hearing loss prevention is also related to managing your health over the long term as well. The American Diabetes Association cites hearing loss as one of the principle symptoms caused by the disease. Cardiovascular disease or hypertension is also considered a potential source of hearing loss. In fact, many types of diseases can impact blood flow to the small vessels in the ear or lead to health conditions that result in hearing loss.
What does this mean? Simply put, regular health checkups are critical for prevention, early detection, and to protect your hearing. Even a simple hearing health test can diagnose warning signs of hearing loss such as Tinnitus.
While there is no set formula to protect your hearing, the basic prescriptions are:
- Avoid chronic or sudden noise events whenever possible
- Consider the environments in which you work or play
- Have your health checked regularly by a family doctor
- If you begin to experience hearing loss or symptoms, see a Hearing Healthcare Professional sooner than later