Tinnitus can be quite devastating which is why it is important to start implementing strategies early some of which are mentioned here on how to prevent tinnitus from an early age. Tinnitus represents ringing in the ears as well as other sounds such as buzzing, roaring, hissing, clicking, static, whistling, etc.
Impact of tinnitus
The sounds of tinnitus can be annoying enough but tinnitus can be so severe that you are unable to concentrate, perform your normal tasks, maintain your end of a conversation and so many other negative effects can be produced including depression, stress, suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol dependence, etc.
The potential for your life to be disrupted by tinnitus is why you must do everything you can to implement the various strategies of tinnitus.
Although there are many other causes of tinnitus, hearing loss is one of the most significant causes of the ringing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO),
“Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, according to WHO. Hearing loss has potentially devastating consequences for physical and mental health, education and employment.”
“As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss,” notes Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk.”
One of the most important tips on how to prevent tinnitus from an early age is to protect your ears from hearing loss which means that you need to stop exposing yourself to loud noises from iPods and other personal audio devices and gadgets.
Use ear plugs or other hearing protectors when exposed to loud noises at work, at concerts and even from common household tools like blenders, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, etc.
- Some medications can increase the risk of developing tinnitus so monitor any medications you take and whether you start experiencing some hearing loss.
- Follow a balanced diet that promotes cardiovascular health in addition to other health benefits because poor blood circulation can increase the risk of developing tinnitus.
- Adopt effective strategies to manage stress as it can increase the risk of developing tinnitus as well as many other diseases and conditions.
These are just a few tips on how to prevent tinnitus from an early age. The most important tip is to prevent hearing loss or prevent hearing loss from worsening so make sure you protect your ears from loud noises which can lead to hearing loss. While hearing loss may not necessarily lead to tinnitus, why take the chance?