Grow old with your hearing: turn the soil to manage presbycusis hearing loss

Dig space for presbycusis hearing loss

Between our ears’ unique folds and layers, their frequently used foundation for accessorization and the way they bear the weight of time, addressing age-related/presbycusis hearing loss can feel like gardening a flowerbed.

manage presbycusis hearing loss

We can recognize feeling ‘at home’ in our own skin as the most important pursuit in aging, but if we don’t also take on the groundskeeper role, we might as well stomp on the buds once we finish planting. Thinking of age-related hearing loss as the uninvited guest that comes knocking over time, presbycusis is a topic that hits close to home for us all.

Understanding the causes, symptoms, and management strategies for presbycusis hearing loss is crucial for maintaining a high quality of life, so keep reading for a guide that turns over this condition’s nuances and blooms with effective management techniques.

Cultivate your understanding of presbycusis

Presbycusis is a gradual, age-related hearing loss that typically begins around the 60-year mark. It often results from the cumulative effects of various factors, including changes in the inner ear, genetics, noise exposure and vascular issues. Basically, over time, the delicate structures in our inner ear undergo age-related degeneration as our body’s blood circulation to the inner ear declines, which subsequently contributes to the condition’s progression.

Read what presbycusis sows

To tend to presbycusis hearing loss, we must first learn how to read the soil. The condition typically progresses slowly, as individuals may not be immediately aware of the changes in their hearing. Common symptoms include difficulty understanding speech, turning up the volume on electronic devices, struggling to hear high-pitched sounds and feeling fatigued or stressed from the effort of listening. If you find hearing the telephone or doorbell ring difficult, or if hearing is unusually challenging in loud environments, these can be common signs of onset.

Fertilize your foundation with management strategies

While presbycusis is a natural part of aging, there are several effective management strategies we can incorporate to enhance and preserve our hearing:

Tend with professional guidance

Tried and true – the presbycusis management process starts with scheduling regular hearing assessments with a qualified hearing health practitioner to monitor your hearing and address any concerns promptly. Hearing aids can provide significant support, especially when modern devices are discreet and offer advanced technology for improved listening. Additionally, devices such as amplified phones, captioned telephones, or personal listening systems can further assist with communication.

Lend a personal hand to the process

Outside of the logistical maintenance options, you can also manage presbycusis hearing loss by minimizing exposure to loud noises and using ear protection in noisy environments, such as concerts or construction work. You can reinforce the positive effects of your treatment by practicing effective communication strategies, such as facing the person you are talking to, speaking clearly, and minimizing background noise. Most importantly, individuals experiencing presbycusis should maintain socialization and participation in activities to help stimulate the auditory system and support overall cognitive health.

Complete the cycle or let nature do it for you

Synchronicities, symmetries and other expressions of balance are refracted throughout nature everywhere we look, but while we see our bodies’ reflection in hallowed dwellings, we sometimes forget to hear the call for self-care.

Presbycusis is a natural part of aging, but to continue cultivating fulfilling and engaging lives, we must respond to the onset signs with proactive management and professional treatment. By understanding the causes, recognizing the symptoms, and implementing effective management strategies, you can bloom in the aging process and find a home in knowing that your garden of life will remain vibrant with sound.

When nature finally echoes back after decades of wearing down the receiver, register the call and answer by consulting with a healthcare professional to explore personalized solutions tailored to your unique needs. If you need a couple of numbers to get you started, we know just the source.

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