Do you find yourself asking people to speak up? Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss is common—affecting 30 percent of adults aged 65-74 according to the National Institutes of Health. But hearing loss caused by everyday noise is completely preventable.
On National Save Your Hearing Day, tune into these protective tips from the Hearing Health Foundation:
- Wear headphones or earplugs if you work in a loud environment to save your hearing.
Avoid prolonged exposure to power tools, rock concerts, and other noisy situations that produce more than 85 decibels (the sound level of city traffic).
Pump down the volume on that MP3 player—listening at the maximum setting for more than 15 minutes a day can cause permanent damage.
If you’ve already suffered some loss of hearing, devices such as The Voice Clarifying Amplifier, The Voice Clarifying TV Speaker, and The Award Winning Sound Balancing Headphones amplify sounds while dampening background noise.
London resident Fauja Singh ran a marathon at age 100.
Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan competed at the Summer Olympics at 71.
You may not be up for grueling athletic events, but celebrating a few more birthdays is no excuse for sitting on the sidelines. National Senior Health & Fitness Day is held annually on the last Wednesday in May to encourage older adults to get back in the game.
The National Institute on Aging agrees: A little exercise, no matter your age or physical condition, does a lot of good for your bones, heart, balance and mood. Even pumping iron —those weights at the gym, not the pills in a bottle—is recommended for senior fitness.
You may just need to adapt your routine, dialing it down from weekend warrior to recreational athlete, or ratcheting it up from couch potato to man (or woman) in motion. For a low-impact workout, try The In Pool Exercise Glider or The Power Assist Pedaler. Other good activities include walking, Tai Chi, or even a little housework. Because getting older doesn’t have to mean slowing down.