It Makes Sense! Looking After Your Sight and Hearing

When it comes to going about our day to day lives, many of us can start to take our sense of sight and hearing for granted. But they are so essential! Without them, our lives would experience a dramatic turn and everyday tasks would undoubtedly become more difficult for us. So how can we go about ensuring that we maintain a good sense of both sight and sound? There are numerous options. So read on for a few tips and tricks to encourage good eye and ear health.

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Eye Tests

 

You should generally book in for an eye test at least once every two years. However, if you begin to notice problems or a change in your eyesight, you should book in as soon as possible, regardless of how long ago your last appointment was. The test itself involves two main components. Firstly, the optician will a full examination of your eye’s health and your inner eye health. They are likely to shine a light into your eye which will allow them to identify the warning signs of any eye diseases, such as glaucoma, retinal displacement and even diabetes. The second part of the process is a visual acuity test. You will see the traditional board with letters of various sizes on. You will be seated a certain distance away from the sign and asked to clearly read out the letters that you can read. This will help to identify issues of short sightedness or long sightedness. The optician will then be able to try out a variety of lenses on you, identifying which are best suited to your needs and finally being able to give you a prescription for specific lenses. This whole process should be pain-free and relatively fast.

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Hearing Tests

 

Children will generally undergo hearing tests as part of their general health checkups as they grow up. However, adults don’t tend to have hearing tests all that often. You may be surprised to know that you can, in fact, book in for a hearing test in a similar way to how you book in for an eye test. During your hearing test, a pure tone audiometry (PTA) is generally used to indicate the quality of your hearing in both ears. A machine will play a variety of sounds at alternate volumes and frequencies (or pitches). You will be expected to respond to sounds by pressing a button when you hear them. You may also be asked to carry out a speech perception test, which examines your ability to hear words without the aid of any visual information. If you are identified as having auditory problems or illnesses, you should contact an audiologist. If you’re wondering how audiologists help, not to worry. Many of us may not even remember the last time we came into contact with one. In short, they will offer support and assistance in four main ways: helping you to hear better, helping you to communicate more effectively, aiding you in creating a better quality of life for yourself and giving a hand in making your workplace a productive and comfortable environment.

 

Diet

 

There are plenty of foods that can help to maintain your eye and ear health, so make sure that your diet is full of them!  A good place to start is lutein, which can be found in leafy greens like spinach. This prevents oxidative damage to your retina. You should also ensure that you consume the recommended levels of magnesium, which helps to combat the presence of free radicals which are produced by loud sounds.

 

Hygiene

 

Keeping your eyes and ears clean can also make all the difference to your eyesight and hearing. A large proportion of illnesses and problems with these areas of the body are caused by poor hygiene or inappropriate cleaning methods. If you wear eye makeup, make sure that you replace it regularly. Old makeup will harbour higher levels of bacteria that have had the time to multiply while the mascara or eyeliner has been left lying around. By regularly renewing your eye makeup products and effectively cleaning your brushes, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing an eye infection or irritation. When it comes to maintaining the hygiene of your ears, you should remember to never insert a Q-tip or cotton bud directly into the ear canal. Ear wax serves an important purpose: it catches dirt and bacteria, preventing it from entering the ear canal and simultaneously forms a waterproof barrier. Excess amounts will work their way out of the ear naturally.

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