Many people with hearing problems find themselves saying “Pardon, can you repeat that” more often. A study shows that twenty percent of people aged fifty-five to sixty-five have a problem with hearing loss. This problem can be caused by a number of factors which include; simply aging, injury, and disclosure to loud noises. It is worth noting that, the two main common types of hearing loss problem are conductive and sensorineural. The conductive hearing loss comes when sound waves are blocked when passing to the ossicles of the middle ear. This problem can be corrected.
Sensorineural hearing loss infers damage to the nerves thatjoin the inner ear to the brain. This problem cannot be corrected. Here are ways you should always consider when improving your hearing.
Consult a Specialist About Getting a Hearing Test
If you are experiencing a hearing problem, an audiologist or otolaryngologist can evaluate a more thorough ear exam. He or she can conduct an audiometric or a hearing test which estimates the ability of sound reaching your brain. This can be a painless and a quick test which determines whether your hearing issue is related to sensorineural or conductive.
Your doctor should recommend medication to take. If the recommended medication is not working, you should stop the drugs, and switch to a new one immediately under your doctor’s supervision.
Do Exercise Daily
You should keep your body in shape. This will help you since it will keep your brain and ears healthy. Do yoga exercises, walk for thirty minutes daily or practice walking to work, and do housework like gardening. This will keep your blood circulation going strong. Do not exercise with a very loud music, headphones or earphones.
This is because loud noise may damage the hairs around your ears which are not replaceable. If you wish to do exercises while listening to music, always keep the volume comfortable and relatively quiet. Remember that if your neighbors hear your earphones or headphones music; be cautious since the music may be very loud.
Make a Point of Practicing Filter Sounds
This is a hearing exercise that helps you in sharpening the hearing. It enables you to hone in on which direction music or sounds are produced from, and what or who is producing the music or sound. Place a speaker or a radio in your room, and play a sound or music at a quiet volume.
Then, get music or sound in another room, and turn on the volume until the two sounds produce a noisy environment. Tell a person to walk around the entire room reading a newspaper or a book. Close your eyes and repeat the words read and locate where the words read are coming from. All this will train your ears to filter out ambient sounds.
These are the best ways you may consider while improving your hearing, but you should not forget cleaning out your outer ear canal and scheduling a surgical procedure. You may also take vitamins since vitamins fight age-related hearing loss. Consider vitamins A, C, and E if the hearing loss is due to loud noise. Folic acid is known in keeping your ears sharp if the hearing loss is
due to age.