If we have been diagnosed with a hearing loss problem or some type of condition then it’s probably important to start thinking where it may have originated. Yes, a lot of hearing problems are related to wear and tear but also there could be other things that have contributed. We do tend to disregard this area, but we must take into account everyday things such as listening to music loudly or being at loud concerts or being exposed at work. Excess wax is a common problem also and can be a short term problem of hearing loss but this can be fixed by a simple syringing at your local doctors office.
I have been diagnosed with moderate hearing loss, what next?
It doesn’t really mean that anything has to change. It is a common issue that affects millions of us so it’s important that you look at the options available to you, such as hearing aids. There are plenty of hearing aids around that are very easy to use. If you have moderate hearing loss, then it’s good to research if a hearing device will be helpful at all and which one will best suit you, as many have different styles. You have a moderate hearing loss if sounds are closer to 50 dB before you hear them but your audiologist will be able to talk you through the logistics of it all. You may want to look at the options to help yourself following a diagnosis as there are some little tips that can make life easier:
- Get some exercise – this improves blood flow to your ears. Your ears detect sounds, but it’s your brain that interprets them and exercise can greatly help.
- Pass the vitamins – some vitamins and minerals have been linked to an improvement in ear function and hearing, magnesium can be great!
- Skip the cigs – smoking often does not help at all and therefore it’s important to look at cutting out or quitting altogether.
- Get tested – getting diagnosed is the first step as many people often put it off and put it down to getting older. If you notice any issues, get it seen to ASAP. For you and your family’s sake.
- Ear wax? – you will still produce earwax even with a hearing aid so it is important to stay on top of that as you go along.
- Avoid loud sounds – the hearing aid should amplify the sound enough so you do not need to turn things up too much. This is only going to hinder your hearing, and any further exposure could damage the ear more.
- Ask people to be patient – this is key. It will take time to adapt so be sure to ask for a heads up. Face others when they’re speaking and ask them to speak clearly and at you as well as having them understand that you are finding it difficult to hear.
Don’t see hearing loss as a negative, turn it into a positive and begin to live the life you deserve.