So here’s a question for all the guys out there: when’s the last time you had a physical? Fathers, grandfathers, and brothers often play a supportive role in the family: a kind mentor or helping hand. Your health should be your first priority so that you can continue to be at the top of your game for many years to come, for yourself and your loved ones.
Men and Hearing Loss
There are some conditions that men are more vulnerable to than women, such as alcoholism or bad cholesterol. Another important health problem that you may not be paying enough attention to is the potential for hearing loss. Men often partake in loud hobbies such as motorcycle riding, playing a rock instrument, or building with power tools. Men are also more likely to take jobs in fields that put more strain on their ears, such as construction, firefighting, or manufacturing. Increased exposure to these loud activities may lead to the need for a routine hearing test.
Negative Impacts of Hearing Loss
In addition to the physical damage, studies have shown that untreated hearing loss in men can lead to harmful mental side effects that can affect both men and the rest of their families. Hearing loss can lead to:
Hearing loss is largely unpreventable and can cause a devastating blow to your self-esteem. The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports that 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. Given the odds and increased risk factors, men should strive to take a good look at their hearing health and take steps to protect themselves.
Preventing Hearing Loss
Fortunately, there are many precautions men can take to protect their hearing and still enjoy being loud in their spare time. Using earplugs, earmuffs, or headphones are great ways to protect your ears. Keep these near your motorcycle, power tools, or even in your pocket for easy access.
Keeping up with your overall health can also decrease your risk of hearing loss. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet will keep you strong so that your body will be better equipped to protect your hearing. Have a physical at least once a year to make sure that you’re on the right track. Most importantly, men should have regular hearing tests, even if you don’t think you have a problem.
Those concerts just wouldn’t be the same without your hearing. At Beltone Hearing, we understand just how important it is to get proper hearing care when you need it. For more information about our 43 hearing centers across Michigan and Ohio and to book your free hearing screening, please click here.