Preventing Hearing Loss in Old Age

Learn how to prevent hearing loss in old age with our comprehensive guide. Discover simple lifestyle changes and practical tips to protect your ears.

Hearing loss is a common issue that impacts many individuals as they age. This problem is particularly prevalent in Singapore due to the high proportion of elderly citizens. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to prevent or minimize the loss of hearing in old age.

Hearing health practical tips

Here are some practical tips that you can implement to maintain your hearing health:

  1. Protect your ears from loud noises from concerts, construction sites, and machinery, which can injure your ears and cause hearing loss over time. We recommend using earplugs or earmuffs when exposed to loud noises. Additionally, you can limit your exposure to loud noises by turning down the volume on your television, radio, or music player.
  2. Quit smoking. Smoking has been linked to hearing loss. The chemicals in cigarettes and tobacco can cause damage to the sensitive hair cells in your inner ear, which leads to hearing loss. If you are a smoker, quitting smoking can improve your hearing health.
  3. Manage your health conditions because certain conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease, can increase the risk of hearing loss. By managing these conditions, you can lower your risk of hearing loss. Furthermore, some medications can also cause hearing loss, so you must talk with your doctor if you take any prescriptions that may affect your hearing.
  4. Regular exercise can improve blood flow to the ears, which will help maintain your hearing health. Additionally, exercise can lower the risk of developing health conditions that lead to hearing loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  5. Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help maintain your hearing health. Some nutrients that are particularly important for hearing include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. Incorporating foods such as leafy greens, nuts, fruits, and fish can help ensure you get these essential nutrients.
  6. Practice good ear hygiene. Keeping your ears clean and dry can help to prevent infections and other issues that can lead to hearing loss. It is crucial to avoid inserting objects such as cotton swabs or hairpins into your ears, as this can push wax and debris further into the ear canal and cause damage. Instead, you can clean your ears gently with a warm washcloth or use an earwax removal kit under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
  7. Get your hearing tested. Regular hearing tests can detect hearing loss early, allowing you to initiate early treatment. It is recommended that individuals over the age of 50 get their hearing tested at least once every two years. In Singapore, Listening Lab offers hearing tests. Our hearing health professionals provide the best service for our clients, especially seniors.

Hearing loss can be prevented or minimized by taking practical steps to maintain hearing health. By protecting your ears from loud noises, quitting smoking, managing your health conditions, exercising regularly, and getting your hearing tested, you can reduce your risk of hearing loss and enjoy better hearing as you age.

Visit Listening Lab Singapore and book an appointment with our reliable audiologist to receive proper advice on treatment options. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 6817 5100.

About The Listening Lab

Listening Lab is a home-grown company whose mission is to help our clients restore their hearing to enjoy the life that they desire. Experiencing hearing loss can be detrimental to one’s quality of life. Hence we commit to providing high-quality hearing solutions.

Our hearing solutions include hearing tests and treatment and prescribing hearing aids. Clients may come to get their hearing checked, and we will assess whether hearing aids are required.

If hearing aids are required, clients can choose from a variety of the best hearing aid brands we provide. Each of the products offers unique features that complement daily use and perform well in helping our clients enjoy the life that they desire.

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My mum has hearing loss for many years. Consultant of Listening Lab helped her fitted with Resound hearing aid. His patience and professionalism was greatly appreciated as the hearing aid enable her to hear and communicate with the people around her especially her grand children. We are happy with the services rendered by consultant. Keep up the good work!!
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The Voice of two Generations in Singapore radio, Mr Brian Richmond, has chosen The Listening Lab to be his audiology and hearing services provider. We could not be prouder!

Brian is the definitive household name in English Radio since the early years of Singapore's founding, starting with Rediffusion followed by Radio One and now with Gold 90.5FM as well as Vintage Radio Singapore. His honeyed voice and selection of music filling our ears as we lived the bustle of our daily lives.

Soccer fans from the Malaysia Cup era of soccer will never forget his heart-pounding commentary from "live" matches, as we experienced the ups and downs of the Singapore Lions in the 1970s to 90s.

Our Executive Director Kelvin Lee is proudly beaming ear-to-ear in this photo with Brian. But you wont be able to see it through the masks!
Brian Richmond
I started experiencing loss of hearing sometimes in 2010 (41 years old) owing to some medical issue. I was having difficulties hearing conservation especially in meeting. Thus, giving me the fear in attending meeting.

Initially I started with Phonak hearing aid. It helps amplified the sound and I could hear better then. Somehow, my hearing loss deteriorated further that in late 2012 (43 years old), there was profound loss of hearing on my right ear. Even digital hearing aid could not help. On my left ear there is still about 50% to 60% hearing with hearing aid. I was lost at this point of time. I was considering learning sign language. I went to see my ENT specialist and my audiologist Mr. Bala advised me to go for an CI as an alternative to my hearing loss.

I also thank God for Engineer and Scientist, giving them the knowledge to create such a complex and sophisticate device to help those with hearing loss like me. It will be all perfect if the cost is affordable too.
Jonathan Po
madam goh
I took my mum to Listening Lab at Simei to get her hearing aid fixed, during our first visit, she patiently explained the whole procedure to my mum and also explain to my mum why she really in need to fix the hearing aid. She is very knowledgeable, and friendly, and we are encouraged to ask questions. she is also very patient with old people which is the most importance. Also her after service is superb so I highly recommend.
Mdm Goh
My mum, Madam Kek (73 year old) had the Cochlear implant (CI) done on her left side in 10th September 2019. Thereafter, thanks to the subsequent auditory verbal therapy, evaluation from SGH ENT team, as well as, the support from AB's and Listening Lab staffs; Madam Kek was able to hear, comprehend sound and music from her Cochlear implant, Naida CI Q90, and hearing aid (HA), Naida Link UP, for her right side before end year. We are happy that both the CI and HA have improved mum qualify of life. Now Madam Kek is looking forward to work again to pass her time as she can hear and better communicate with others.
Madam Kek
Titus was implanted when he was 18 months old. He is a happy, talkative 6.5 years old now. AB has been with him for 5 wonderful hearing years and we are looking forward to a bright future that lies ahead for him. AB’s Naída CI sound processors are reliable and the technology is constantly evolving and upgrading. When Titus was introduced to Naida Link CROS, his life was enriched. The wireless network established between his Naida CI sound processor and a Naida Link CROS transmitter allows him to hear from both ears. This changes Titus’s life and the way we interact with him. We are also very pleased with the prompt response and service provided to us. The staff in AB genuinely cares! We want to thank AB for making Titus’s hearing journey an enjoyable and a relatively stress free one!
Titus Pang
mr tan
I have been living with progressive hearing loss for more than three decades. Socially, I find myself fearful of communicating with people and at home, watching 'soundless' television programs is a norm.

An unforgettable experience. Trying on a pair of Resound GN hearing aid, I was energized and revitalized and overwhelmed with emotional tears of joy. The Resound GN is truly remarkable and uniquely equipped with three-friendly-user environmental modes that provide hearing comfort wherever we are.

In particular, I like to extend my utmost gratitude to Hearing Consultant. With her profound compassion and wisdom in guiding me, I am confident that I can forge a formidable partnership with the Listening Lab; So that I can rebuild a new chapter of a happy and value-creative life and simultaneously, leaving behind the painful memories of the past three decades.
Mr Tan

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