As we age our bodies change and there’s no turning back. The odds are with us that our hearing will change too. A gradual change in hearing is a normal part of the aging process. A sudden loss of hearing is not. If you or someone you know reports a sudden loss of hearing, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Waiting reduces your chances of recovery.
Hearing loss can be inherited and if you have a family history, you are at risk. If your parents, grandparents aunts or uncles have been diagnosed with hearing loss, take heed. Genetics plays a part in determining your outcome.
Exposure to loud sounds can ultimately damage your ears. It’s hard to remember every concert, power tool, firework display, and all of the times your ears felt plugged or were ringing. What happened in years past is cumulative and it can take years before it actually makes an impact.
Certain drugs can destroy your hearing. There are a host of chemotherapy agents responsible for permanent damage to the organ of hearing. Long term use of aspirin can also harm your hearing, however these changes are reversible.
There are a host of conditions associated with reduced hearing. Commonly these include diabetes, heart and kidney disease, memory loss, depression, and balance disorders. Each of these conditions have a strong connection to hearing acuity.
If there is anything in this article that resonates with you, do yourself a favor and schedule an appointment for a baseline hearing evaluation. Our ears connect us to the world. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear every word?