How To Know If You Are At Risk for Hearing Loss
Just as with other health conditions, there are certain factors that place you at higher risk for hearing loss.
Knowing this allows you to take preventative measures, such as regular testing.
Unfortunately, simply getting older contributes to hearing loss.
Over time, exposure to sounds can damage the cells inside your ear with a cumulative effect.
As with other conditions such as heart disease and stroke, hearing loss is also affected, to a certain degree, by your genes.
Scientists are increasingly realizing the important role that heredity plays.
Questioning family members about what your inheritance might have in store for you is important.
Some medications can have a detrimental effect on your hearing.
With any medications, it’s important to know the potential side effects.
Temporary effects, such as ringing in the ears, also called tinnitus,
can result from taking high doses of aspirin, loop diuretics, or anti-malarial drugs.
Diseases or illnesses that result in high fevers can potentially damage the inner ear.
A common one that has this effect is meningitis.
Occupations which regularly have high levels of noise can certainly negatively impact your hearing.
Where advisable and safe, earplugs may be a protective measure you can take.
Finally, something that you are likely to have a higher degree of control over than other factors,
is the levels of sound experienced from recreational noises.
Anything from explosives and firearms, to car engines and loud music can impact your hearing.
Immediate and permanent hearing loss can even occur from some of these activities.
As with any other part of your body, your ears can be affected by a variety of factors.
By keeping these factors in mind, and taking the steps to prevent and treat hearing loss,
you can maintain the highest level of hearing health, and thereby quality of life, possible.