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5 Great Tips For Preventing Severe Hearing Loss

hearing clinicHearing issues affect millions of Americans, especially within the elderly population. In fact, one out of four Americans aged 65 and older struggle with disabling hearing loss.

Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to at least fight against severe hearing loss. From visiting hearing clinics and purchasing quality hearing aids to keeping things out of your ear and simply turning your music down, here are some great tips to prevent hearing loss:

  • Visit a professional hearing clinic -- Hearing aid clinics can help you identify how severe your hearing issues already are and develop plans to improve your hearing. You'll learn about hearing aids, have hearing tests performed, and can talk with professionals about your ears and hearing capabilities.
  • Don't put Q-Tips inside your ears -- If you are already struggling with hearing issues, you should never put earplugs inside your ear because these can worsen the damage. Additionally, though cleaning your ears is still important, using Q-tips to clean them can cause a greater likelihood of ear infections, injuries, and hearing loss.
  • Wear hearing protection -- Though you should avoid earplugs that go directly into your ears, noise canceling headphones and earmuffs can help you when you're nearby loud noises. If you're working with lawnmowers, machinery, or are nearby motorcycles and other loud areas, it's best to wear some kind of hearing protection.
  • Turn the volume down -- Whether you're listening to music, watching a movie, or just listening to talk radio or a podcast, don't keep the volume up too high. Even if it's difficult for you to hear clearly, turning down the volume will help keep your ears healthy and improve your hearing needs.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle -- Keeping a good diet will help you in just about every aspect of your life. According to recent studies, people who consume better quality calories have better hearing and poor dieting can lead to greater chances of hearing loss. Additionally, tobacco smoking has been linked to hearing loss -- so cutting smoking out will help both your hearing and your overall livelihood.

If you want to learn more about preventing hearing loss and visit quality hearing test centers, give The Hearing Clinic a call right away.