Your hearing health is very important to encourage the brain, and the rest of your body, to stay active and healthy. While hearing loss can impact anyone, it is most common for hearing to naturally decline from the age of 50. The effects of untreated hearing loss can cause an impact on your lifestyle, wellbeing and relationship with others.
The good news is that there are ways to help improve your hearing health, and reduce the impacts of hearing loss on your future. Bay Audiology offer free hearing checks for AA Members aged 15 and over. If hearing loss is detected, AA Members will receive a free diagnostic consultation (valued at $79), available once per year. To learn more about our AA Member Benefits or book an appointment click here.
Check out our top tips for healthy hearing below.
1. Clean your ears regularly
To keep your ears clean, simply wash the visible part of your ear and behind your ear using a bit of soap, then wipe the soap away with rinsed fingers and dry with a thin towel. Don't use cotton buds to clean your ears, as they can irritate the ear canal and push wax back inside.
If you feel like you have an excessive build-up of wax in your ears, you may need to get it profesionally removed. Bay Audiology offer ear wax removal at selected clinics across the country.
2. Use hearing protection
If you're exposed to loud noises, such as lawnmowers and chainsaws, or are at events where noise levels are high - hearing protection is important. Using ear muffs or ear plugs can help protect your ears from permanent damage.
3. Give your ears a rest
Give your ears time to recover if you find yourself exposed to loud noises for an extended period of time. Whether it's through a nap, yoga or reading a book, your ears will need some quiet time to recuperate.
4. Limit daily use of headphones
We all love listening to music, however, headphones and earbuds can be damaging to your ear health if not used sparingly. Remember to keep the sound at a reasonable volume and limit your daily exposure to about an hour.
5. Have regular check-ups
Getting regular check-ups can help detect hearing loss sooner rather than later. We recommend that people over the age of 18 be checked at least every decade, and from age 50, to get checked at least once a year.