Gardening is a hobby that can be done indoor or outdoor and worked on year round. This hobby also has many benefits and if the garden just so happens to hold vegetables then the benefits are felt a little closer to the heart. Literally! Healthy meals can help lower blood pressure which can put less strain on blood vessels all around the body, including around the ears. Exercise can help too.
So, gardening is good for healthy eating and a workout but what else? How about hearing!
If there are issues with tinnitus gardening may help reduce the symptoms. What if a gardener already has a hearing aid? Gardening is usually much quieter than most hobbies and would allow a new hearing aid user to become accustomed to hearing to the device as they would only hear their own movements as they dig, shear and plant. Plus, gardening can be a great and enjoyable way to exercise by moving bags of soil and fertilizer, tending to plants, digging holes and pulling out rocks.
New gardeners can also find others that would love to help or discuss the maintenance of their gardens! Talking with someone is a great way to get accustomed to a hearing aid. Unfortunately, it takes approximately seven years for a person suffering with hearing loss to seek a solution – which is precious time lost. Recognizing and treating hearing loss are time sensitive.
Ear protection is important when working with loud gardening tools such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws and drills that can expose ears to higher decibel levels. Wearing properly fitted hearing protection is recommended. Be sure to thoroughly clean and keep up with hearing protection maintenance since they are exposed to dirt, sweat, bacteria and pollen.
Please schedule your hearing assessment / checkup with Southern Nevada Audiology today! Learn more about the advancements in modern hearing aids.