As a person ages, various organs and physical structures will begin to diminish in strength and activity. Physical issues can begin as early as one’s 20s. The rate of deterioration frequently depends upon both emotional and physical conditions. Much of a person’s health will depend on genetics as well as nutrition.
Hearing loss can be a factor in aging. It can be gradual or sudden. It can range from mild to severe. It can also be reversible, temporary, or permanent. In some cases, it is congenital, including born without the ability to hear.
Loud noises can affect hearing both temporarily and over time. Hearing loud noise, including music, with and without earbuds, can damage ears and make them less sensitive to sound, particularly with aging. If employment requires the person to be around loud noises, they should wear protective ear coverings.
As a natural occurrence wax will accumulate. When cleaning it out, check to see if the wax is hard or soft. If the wax is hard it will be more difficult to remove and can deposit itself on the eardrum. If the eardrum becomes stiff from the build-up, it will be less able to vibrate and detect sound.
There are some substances like “good” oils and fats that will help keep the wax soft and pliable. Some of these are Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. These are found in olive oil, fish oil, flax oil, castor oil, and primrose oil. Consuming foods that are high in these beneficial oils will help to maintain good quality in ear wax.
A healthy diet will contain fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidant qualities. Sometimes it is recommended that supplements be added to enhance the nutrients.
Anti-oxidants can combat free radicals. Free radical cells can cause ear inflammations and possible hearing loss. Check with your Ottawa hearing specialists to determine which and how much of these anti-oxidants you should take for your individual needs.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a liquid used primarily as eye drops. They can also be used in the ears just prior to bedtime. They should keep the eardrum soft and flexible and aid in reducing hearing impairment. MSM is considered an anti-oxidant and is sometimes recommended for glaucoma prevention, as well as good auditory health.
In summary, avoid loud noises, especially those for extended periods of time; eat lots of fruits and vegetables; consider an anti-oxidant supplement; investigate MSM eye drop usage.
Of course, before embarking on any radical changes in your lifestyle, or if you believe you may have some hearing loss, consult with your Ottawa hearing specialists. If you are looking for an auditory specialist, consider Davidson Hearing Aids.