Like the overall health of our body, hearing health happens from the inside-out. What we do to take care of our bodies, including how we eat, what we drink and the air that we breathe, as well as how much we exercise influences the health of our bodies as a whole AND our hearing.
We all know there are things we can and should do every day to improve our overall health. Whether your diet should be improved, or you need to get outside for exercise every day, let’s all take the opportunity this Spring for a fresh start. Here are a few things you can do to improve your overall (and hearing) health right now.
Noise-induced hearing damage in adults is the most widespread kind of hearing loss. And hearing loss affects more than just how well we can hear communication around us; it can also cause other issues like social and mental wellbeing challenges.
How do you recognize the first signs of hearing loss? Warning Signs may be fatigue, mental strain, muscle tension, headaches and increased stress.
You may notice more difficulty to communicating with others and straining to hear and understand. As a result, the reduction in mental stimulus may eventually lead to cognitive deterioration, which can become Alzheimer’s or dementia.
For Your Kids or Grandkids
Newborns and young children who are born with or develop hearing loss early can be the most damaging for development during childhood. If a child has hearing issues during key formative ages, permanent developmental damage may result.
That’s why routine newborn hearing testing is now common practice to ensure understanding, language skills, and social development is on course.
It is vital that hearing loss is discovered as soon as possible, so children don’t miss learning and development milestones that will affect language, self-esteem, and lifelong communication skills.
What if Hearing Loss is a Symptom?
We know that hearing loss can lead to other health problems, but that is not all. Hearing loss may also be a result of other medical concerns that may not have been previously identified.
Diabetes heart disease, obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure and other chronic disease are a few things that may have hearing loss as a symptom. Respiratory infections and ear infections can also temporarily affect hearing.
Ototoxic medicines, including some prescription or over-the-counter medications, could also result in short-term (or even permanent) hearing damage as well. This type of hearing loss will usually reverse itself once the medication is discontinued.
The first step to halting hearing loss and preventing further damage is to recognize your situation. Come in today for a hearing screening and formulate a strategy to train your brain to listen actively and effectively.
Diablo Hearing Services 2301 Camino Ramon, STE 106 San Ramon (925) 394-4646