Did you Know? Check out our Article on Aging and Ear Health!

April 10, 2023
Morgan Thomas
Did you know that, by age 65, almost half of all people in the US have some degree of hearing loss? Let’s take a moment to discover the many ways you can keep your ears safe and healthy. When it comes to ear health, prevention is key. Knowing the common causes of hearing loss is the first step to protecting ear health - especially later in life. Taking the steps to preventing hearing loss is key to maintaining a well functioning auditory system.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of things, the most common and prevalent being age. To prevent further damage to the inner ear, it’s important to be conscientious of protecting yourself from overly loud noises, such as lawn mowers, headphones, and live music.

Poor diet and excessive use of pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, has also been associated with hearing loss. Further, if you needed one more reason to quit smoking, chemicals in cigarettes have also been found to decrease hearing capabilities. 

Signs of Hearing Loss

Symptoms of hearing loss may include:
  • A ringing sound in the ears
  • Muffling of speech and other sounds
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd
  • Trouble hearing consonants
  • Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Avoidance of some social settings

As your ears may decline in health, is it important to have someone alongside you providing quality care and assistance with your day-to-day needs. At BrightStar Care, we offer services and support for seniors that may need assistance with a series of health problems. To find out more about how we can be by your side when you need it most, go to