Ears are not just a part of your body, they are one of the most sensitive organs on your body. They contain high amounts of sensory receptors called hair cells which allow us to hear sound waves. These hairs can only detect certain frequencies or vibrations and when these vibrations hit them, they generate an electrical impulse which is transmitted through the nerves to the brain where it is interpreted as sound.
The most common cause of hearing loss is aging. As we age, the hair cells in our inner ear gradually lose their ability to sense sounds. This gradual loss of sensitivity occurs over time until there is no longer any perception of sound within the ear canal.
A person with normal hearing may experience some degree of hearing loss if they have had a head injury or other trauma to their brain such as a stroke. However, it is rare for someone to suffer permanent hearing loss from simply getting older.
If you do experience hearing loss due to aging, there are several things that can help:
1) If you continue to exercise regularly and maintain good nutrition, then your chances of maintaining your hearing will increase.
Exercise helps strengthen the muscles in your ear and improve blood flow into the area. This may help slow the loss of hair cells.
2) Avoid excessively loud noise.
If you are still working in an industry that exposes you to loud noises on a regular basis, make sure you wear ear protection. Also avoid activities such as using power tools or riding a snowmobile or motorcycle without wearing ear protection.
3) Get your hearing checked on a regular basis.
If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss then see an audiologist at your earliest convenience. Early detection is important to limit the amount of hearing you may lose in the future.
4) If you experience ringing or buzzing in your ears after a day of noise exposure, you can try using some over-the-counter earplugs to see if this helps.
However, if the ringing persists for more than two days after exposure, you should visit an audiologist as you may have suffered some hearing loss from the exposure.
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