“Hearing aids can help prevent cells in the ear dying by stimulating them before they are lost forever. Wait too long and once these cells are dead, they cannot be regrown,” This is the comment from the latest research.
People should get their hearing checked at least once every two years, as they would their sight, according to one expert.
Andrew Goodwin, information and outreach advisor at Deafness Research, noted that early diagnosis of hearing issues is essential to prevent further loss.
He said that subtle symptoms can be indicative of a serious hearing problem.
These include struggling to hear in noisy environments, asking people to speak up, and friends and relatives commenting on it.
People with such indicators should ensure they seek medical advice, emphasised the expert, with some people waiting as long as ten to 15 years before seeking help.
“The latest deafness funded research is looking at regeneration of these cells as one way to treat deafness, but prevention is much better while there remains no cure.”
This follows a study published in journal Psychology and Aging which found that lifelong musicians do not lose their hearing to the same extent as other people in old age.
Musicians were found to be better able to detect short silent gaps in a continuous sound, identify the relationship between different sound frequencies and hear a spoken sentence among background noise.
This indicates using the auditory system at a high level on a regular basis could combat some age-related changes in musicians’ brains.
However, Mr Goodwin noted that whether musical or not, every individual can reduce the loss of hearing as they age by protecting their ears from an early age.
Young people must turn down the volume of MP3 players, he warned.
By taking precautions such as using ear plugs and not exposing ears to dangerous volume levels, people can cut their risk of profound hearing loss later in life.
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