Gift Yourself A Hearing Test
This week is #TinnitusWeek and our topic for day two is “Take Action”. If you notice any signs of hearing loss or tinnitus it’s important to get checked. The gift of hearing is one that is often overlooked. Make today a day to bring attention to hearing loss and the effects tinnitus can have on a person.
Do you feel that you are in denial about your hearing loss? Men often find it harder to accept, but you are not alone. Denial of hearing loss also leads to denial of treatment. This Tinnitus Week we urge you to look out for some signs which may indicate that you should get a hearing check.
What to look out for:
- Asking others to repeat themselves in conversation;
- Difficulty hearing with background noise;
- Giving the wrong responses in conversation;
- Difficulty understanding others;
- Trouble hearing through the telephone;
- Listening to devices on high volume;
- Trouble following conversations when multiple people are talking simultaneously;
- Withdrawal from conversations.
Once you identify the signs, it is important to get your hearing checked. This is the most effective way to diagnose hearing loss, yet countless men avoid it. Many audiology centers offer free hearing tests if you are worried about the costs involved.
Tinnitus is sometimes the first sign of hearing loss in older people. It affects 1 in 10 adults and is more common in older men. Symptoms can include a constant ringing, buzzing, or whistling in the ear. Tinnitus commonly results from overexposure to loud noise, ear infections, and head or neck injuries.
Tips for dealing with tinnitus
- Do not exceed 60 percent volume on your audio devices
Lots of people listen to music, radio, or television above 60% volume. This can cause long-term damage to the small hearing hair receptors in the cochlea of the inner ear.
- Give your ears time to rest
Just like other parts of your body your ears need to rest too. Constant sound can wear down your ears over time.
- Wear earplugs
When attending concerts, around explosive, or loud motorsports remember to wear protective hearing protection. This is one of the easiest and best ways to help prevent an onset of tinnitus.
This is sound absorbing technology that absorbs sound proportionally to the surrounding noise. It can help eliminate harmful noise from penetrating into your ears.
- Avoid ear damage with foreign objects such as cotton buds
Many people use cotton buds to remove ear wax, but this is quite a risky practice as it is easy to push earwax deeper into the ear instead of removing it. Earwax is a naturally occurring substance that your ear produces to protect itself. If the build-up starts to affect hearing the best way to remove it is by visiting a professional.
A 5-minute audio treatment that is administered through headphones to relieve the effects of tinnitus.