What can we do about hearing loss?

Hearing deterioration is usually an inevitable side effect of getting older. But new research from the United States shows that we are not as helpless as we once were in the face of hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, sudden hearing loss in one ear. Regular exercise can prevent or even stop hearing deterioration. Study participants who walked two or more hours per week had a 15 percent lower risk of hearing loss than those who exercised less than one hour per week.

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Exercise can prevent hearing loss.

Exercise is good for your hearing and can help prevent temporary hearing loss. Many medical studies have shown that exercise promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and that there is a link between a healthy cardiovascular system and hearing. Exercise promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.

When the ear is working, hair cells in the inner ear convert sound wave vibrations into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain. People in good physical condition have better blood flow around the ear cells. This shows the benefits of auditory exercise.

According to the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Education, women with less body fat, who were physically fit and exercised regularly were less likely to have temporary hearing loss than women in poorer physical condition.

Studies of workers in noisy environments have shown that people in good physical condition are less affected by noise. The risk of hearing loss almost doubled for those who were not in good health. Noise destroys the hair cells in the inner ear. The cells cannot regenerate, so hearing protection is a better preventive measure than exercise alone.

Types of hearing loss.

For years, most people do nothing about their hearing loss. You put off going to the ENT doctor and wait too long to get a hearing aid. The reason for the low pressure to act is that the hearing loss has been getting worse for years. Often, the first signs are barely noticeable.

If you suspect you may have a hearing loss, make an appointment with a hearing care professional immediately. This is an important step, as only a doctor can make an accurate diagnosis and determine the severity of the hearing loss. If you have suffered from hearing loss for a long time, you may need hearing aids to improve your hearing.

Although there are many types of hearing loss, an ear, nose, and throat doctor can often suggest solutions. The following are the most common types of hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss.

Due to conductive hearing loss, sound waves can no longer fully penetrate the inner ear. In this case, sound cannot penetrate the outer and middle ears. The affected person also no longer hears soft sounds, and loud sounds appear muffled. Conductive hearing loss can have several causes, such as fluid in the middle ear, ear infections, otitis media, eustachian tube dysfunction or tympanic membrane perforation.

Sensory Nerve Hearing Loss.

Sensory-neural hearing loss can occur as a result of damage to the inner ear. Patients then hear soft sounds very poorly and louder sounds unclearly. The most common causes are multiple diseases, medications that are toxic to your hearing, the aging process, head injuries, etc. If you have severe hearing loss, your doctor may recommend that you have a cochlear implant.

Combined hearing loss.

Combined hearing loss is caused by damage to the outer, middle, or inner ear. All causes of conductive hearing loss can lead to combined hearing loss.

What does hearing loss or hearing impairment mean?

When someone has difficulty hearing, their hearing is limited. Hearing impairments can be permanent or temporary due to disease or congenital. They usually occur in older adults.

Depending on the hearing threshold, a hearing loss of up to 20 decibels is still called normal hearing. For more severe hearing loss, the following distinctions are usually necessary.

Mild hearing loss: Hearing loss of 20 to 40 decibels.
Moderate hearing loss: hearing loss of 41 to 60 decibels.
Severe hearing loss: Hearing loss of 61 to 80 decibels.
Residual hearing loss or deafness (deafness): Hearing loss of greater than 81 decibels.
A hearing loss of 40 decibels or more is also called a “hearing impairment”.

When does noise damage our hearing?

Hearing constantly absorbs acoustic stimuli – including those that may be harmful. If the sound intensity exceeds 140 decibels, such as in the case of an explosion, serious noise damage can occur. If the sound waves damage the eardrum, middle, and/or inner ear, this can lead to what is called auditory damage. This damage is usually temporary, but the damage remains. Chronic noise-induced hearing loss can also result if the hearing is regularly exposed to lower volume levels (about 90 dB). Examples include hearing damage caused by frequent loud listening to music (e.g., through headphones) or by compressed air training without adequate hearing protection.

There are several ways to protect your hearing from noise: foam earplugs can provide protection in the event of occasional noise. Another option is earmuffs (noise-proof headphones, also commonly referred to as “Mickey Mouse”). They completely enclose both ears and are easy to put on and take off. Hearing protection must be worn when working on noisy machines, such as in industry or road construction.

Why does hearing deteriorate with age?

Hearing impairment is a common symptom in older people. It affects about 25 to 40 out of 100 people over the age of 65. half of the people over the age of 75 and 80% of people over the age of 80 have poor hearing. Speech understanding is usually more affected than sound hearing, and high-frequency hearing is more difficult than low-frequency hearing. As a result, people with age-related hearing loss have difficulty understanding conversations, especially in noisy environments.

The exact cause of age-related hearing loss has not been elucidated. It is believed that this type of hearing loss is caused by age-related changes in the inner ear and brain.

There are several sound amplification hearing aids that can improve hearing and make it possible to understand conversations. Most importantly, they all filter speech from ambient noise. Hearing aids can be individually adjusted to the needs of the wearer. They can be worn behind the ear or almost invisible in the ear canal.

Best activities to improve listening.

Locating Noise

Most people don’t realize that their ears aren’t the only thing they’re listening to. The brain also plays an important role in processing sound. You can optimize this ability by training your brain to focus on sound. Locating sounds is an effective way to enhance the brain’s ability to locate and interpret sounds. These listening exercises come in several forms.

Place the music in the room, move around the house/apartment and notice the subtle differences in the sounds as you move around. Try to understand the lyrics as best you can and identify the different instruments being played in each song. Change the amount and position of movement occasionally.

Turn on a sound source (such as a radio) in part of the room. Play some music at a low volume. Turn on another noise source and move it to another part of the same room. Crank up the volume of both noise sources until a noisy background is created.

Invite a friend or family member to read aloud to you from a book as you walk around the room. Close your eyes and listen carefully. Repeat the sentences and try to identify the source of the words.

Playing cards

Playing cards or board games with your partner and family is a fun way to sharpen your mind and stay connected with loved ones. Social connections are especially useful in preventing isolation. Many people become anxious and depressed, reluctant to participate in social activities, and their hearing deteriorates further.

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Daily Exercise

Daily exercise is important not only for the health of our ears but also for maintaining our entire body and mind. Staying active can improve your health in many ways. You don’t have to run a half-marathon every day to reap the health benefits. Choose a type of exercise that you enjoy, such as walking, running, yoga, or even gardening. All of these activities will help you pump blood and improve circulation. Regardless of your personal preference, the key is to make physical activity an integral part of your daily routine.

Exercise does make the blood flow to your inner ear abnormal. The inner ear in the “cochlea” – also known as the cochlea – benefits from increased blood flow. The cochlea is an important part of your hearing because it converts the vibrations of sound into nerve impulses.

If you don’t like exercise, don’t worry. Even low-intensity exercise (twice a week) can have a positive effect on hearing loss; avoid wearing headphones and listening to loud music; noise has been shown to damage the hair cells in your ear, and once they die, they never grow back. People around you die hearing music in headphones, which indicates it is too loud.

Listening Yoga

Yoga offers many benefits for maintaining physical, mental, and spiritual health. Did you know that there are special yoga poses that are beneficial to your hearing? Yoga can improve your hearing by increasing the blood flow to your brain and ears. Better circulation improves nerve function and helps detoxify cells.

Tree, cobra, triangle, and camel poses are the best yoga poses to improve circulation. Researchers have even found that yoga can relieve the symptoms of tinnitus – ringing in the ears. Do yoga regularly and you’ll soon find your anxiety and stress levels dropping as well.

Contemplation

Meditation is an ancient method, and many studies have shown that it has many benefits for your health. Many people are surprised to hear that it can even help improve their hearing. Sitting in silence and listening to yourself helps the body regulate blood pressure and flow, as well as normalize other physiological processes. Meditation is great for reducing stress and thus mitigating potential negative effects on bodily functions.

This simple but extremely effective method promotes deep relaxation and improves the flow of blood to the brain. If you adapt to the noises around you or others (e.g., birdsong), you will also train your hearing. By using tones for meditation, you will become more attuned to them in your daily life. Over time, your subconscious mind will help you become more aware of certain quieter sounds that you may not have noticed before. Although this is a mental measure to improve your hearing, it is still very effective.

Meditation in the park allows you to immerse yourself in a variety of sounds. The breathing exercises performed during meditation will fill your blood with oxygen and improve circulation. Take turns paying attention to your body and the sounds around you.

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