How to prevent hearing loss

Hearing loss usually occurs gradually over a number of years, and for many seniors it’s not too late to take a preventative approach to improving their hearing health.

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Here are a few simple tips to help you prevent further hearing loss.
1. Regular hearing tests
The best way to identify any problems is to keep track of your hearing levels. It is recommended that anyone over the age of 50 visit an audiologist annually for a hearing test. The good news is that most hearing tests are free!
2. Active protection
Exposure to loud noise can be detrimental to your ear health and even household noise such as food processors, vacuum cleaners and hair dryers can have an impact. Wearing earmuffs or earplugs during any loud activities and being more aware of your surroundings will help to prevent further damage.
3. Limit alcohol and smoking and consider your medication
Excess consumption of alcohol, smoking and medication can potentially increase your risk. Seniors, in particular, should consider the type of medication they are prescribed and speak with their doctor about possible side effects that may affect their hearing.
Taking steps to prevent hearing damage will undoubtedly help to keep your hearing healthy. If you suffer from hearing loss, don’t delay speaking with your general practitioner or a hearing specialist.
National Hearing Care is a network of audiology clinics around Australia specialising in hearing checks for seniors and providing care for people with hearing loss. For more information, contact their Customer Care Team on 1800 676 149 or visit www.nhc.com.au to book a free hearing test.
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