Though hearing loss is often a natural part of aging, its progression can be slowed or possibly even prevented by taking proper care of the ears. Even seniors who have already experienced partial hearing loss can benefit from ear care. The staff at Home Care Assistance in Summit suggests these 4 ways for promoting your elderly loved one’s hearing.
1. Hearing Aids
If your loved one has been diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss and has been prescribed hearing aids by a doctor, he or she should be encouraged to wear them at all times. Hearing aids help amplify sounds in the ears that send waves to the auditory part of the brain. Just like other muscles in the body that can atrophy without use, the part of the brain that processes sound can degenerate when it is no longer being used.
Many medical professionals believe regular exercise increases blood flow to the ears. The small hair cells in the inner ear that translate sounds into electrical impulses rely on blood flow to work properly. Additionally, studies have shown females with larger waist circumferences are more likely to lose their hearing as they age. When women in one study exercised regularly, they lost weight and retained a greater amount of their hearing years later.
3. Low Volume
Even in the later years of life, one of the most important things seniors can do to prevent hearing loss is reduce the level of noise in their environment. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has estimated hearing loss in 26 million Americans is caused by loud noises. The noise level should always be kept to 85 decibels or lower to prevent hearing loss. If your loved one is around loud noises at work or when participating in a hobby, encourage him or her to wear protective ear gear.
4. Hearing Tests
Seniors older than 60 should have their hearing checked every two years. Regular visits to an audiologist or an otolaryngologist (ENT) can diagnose and treat any hearing problems before they get worse.
Hearing loss can be frustrating for many seniors, leading to depression and neglecting other aspects of their health. If your loved one needs help maintaining his or her overall health, a professional caregiver may be the solution. For senior home care you can trust, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer live-in and hourly care in Summit, and our caregivers can provide a wide variety of services, including transportation to medical appointments and assistance with exercise. We’ll never ask you to sign a long-term contract and all of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To find out more information and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call one of our qualified Care Managers today at 908.450.9400.