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When people mention healthy aging & hearing loss, many people get panicked and worry about a surge of medical conditions that can happen. I’m happy to tell you that getting older doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a bunch of medical conditions, hearing loss or poor quality of life.
Maturity & getting older involves change, both negative and positive, but you can enjoy aging if you understand what’s going on with your body and take steps to maintain your health and keep a healthy balance between positive & negative change.
There are many factors about your body that will change over your live & hearing is one dependent on your past & current lifestyle & past employment. Don’t let the changes that come with old age catch you by surprise.
Here are some of the common ones:
- Your bones. Bones can become thinner and more brittle in old age, especially in women, sometimes resulting in the fragile bone condition called osteoporosis. Thinning bones and decreasing bone mass can put you at risk for falls that can easily result in broken bones. Be sure to talk with your physician about what you can do to prevent osteoporosis and falls.
- Your heart. The Better Hearing Institute recommend that people with a hearing loss have regular cardiovascular checks and vice versa. While a healthy diet and regular exercise can keep your heart healthy, it may become slightly enlarged, your heart rate may lower, and the walls of the heart may thicken. This is why it’s important to keep your heart health in check as you get older along with your hearing health.
- Your brain and nervous system. Getting older can cause changes in your reflexes and even your senses. While dementia is not a normal consequence of old age, it is common for people to experience some slight forgetfulness as they get older especially if they have a hearing loss already. Johns Hopkins Medicine have stated that people with dementia can be more likely to develop hearing loss. Cells in the brain and nerves can be damaged by the formation of plaques and tangles, abnormalities that could eventually lead to dementia. It is due to this brain decline that we recommend that everyone should have a baseline hearing screening done at least once a year.
- Your senses. Your hearing is one of your main senses and as people age, they find that You may notice that your vision and sense of taste will fade as flavors may not seem as distinct to you. Your body is taking longer to react and needs more to stimulate it – which means you might not feel as much as what you used be able to.
- Your teeth. The tough enamel that protects your teeth from decay can start to wear away over the years, leaving you susceptible to cavities. Gum disease is also a concern for older adults. Good dental hygiene can protect your teeth and gums. Dry mouth, which is a common side effect of many medications that seniors take, may also be a problem.
- Your skin. With old age, your skin loses its elasticity and may start to sag and wrinkle. However, the more you protected your skin from sun damage and smoking when you were younger, the better your skin will look as you get older. Start protecting your skin now to prevent further damage, as well as skin cancer.
Many bodily changes are a natural part of aging, but they don’t have to slow you down. What’s more, there’s a lot you can do to protect your body and keep it as healthy as possible.
Here are some healthy aging tips that are good advice at any stage of life:
- Stay physically active with regular exercise.
- Stay socially active with friends and family and within your community.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet — dump the junk food in favor of fiber-rich, low-fat, and low-cholesterol eating.
- Don’t neglect yourself: Regular check-ups with your doctor, audiologist, dentist, and optometrist are even more important now.
- Take all medications as directed by your doctor.
- Limit alcohol consumption and cut out smoking.
- Get the sleep that your body needs.
Reap the rewards of your long life, and enjoy each and every day the best you can. Call 1800 882 884 to book your free hearing test today.