Saving Your Residual Hearing – Part 2Oct 11, 2013
In Part 1 of this two-part report, we talked about saving your residual hearing – the hearing you have without hearing aids – by getting and wearing hearing aids. But there’s more you can do to make sure you keep your residual hearing intact and strong. Read on to find out what else you can do to make sure your residual hearing stays with you for a long time to come.
Keep It A Little Quiet
Wearing hearing aids doesn’t mean that it’s okay to expose your ears to any kind of sounds simply because you have devices in your ears. It’s still important to protect the good hearing ability you have left. That means limiting your exposure to loud noises like excessively loud music, construction, etc.
You still have some working cells in your inner ear, and they can be damaged by loud sounds and high frequencies. So when you’re at home, listen to the radio and television on a lower volume. When you’re wearing your hearing aids, you shouldn’t have to keep them very loud anyway – you should be able to hear with these devices at a low-normal range with your hearing aids in your ears and working properly.
Protect Against Loud Noises
If you’re using a lawn mower, leaf blower or other loud tool, or if you’re at a concert or other loud event, make sure you protect your ears by wearing ear plugs or protective ear muffs or headphones.
Eating Well Matters
Research has shown that certain vitamins and minerals can help reduce hearing loss and keep residual hearing healthy and strong. Vitamins A, C and E, and magnesium have all been shown to have a positive effect on hearing by preventing the loss of follicles in the ear, increasing blood flow to the inner ear, and reducing free radicals which can damage your hearing. A healthy, balanced diet with a focus on fresh whole foods and limited process foods will always be good for your health, your heart, and your hearing.
They’re The Only Ears You’ve Got!
Eat well, protect your ears, wear your hearing aids, and keep your hearing intact. Your residual hearing is important, and following these steps will help you keep it strong for many years. Talk to your audiologist about what hearing aids are best for you, and what you can do to maintain your residual hearing.
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