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Kind of a different question but I had my father in town this week and he's over 60 now and starting to have some difficulty hearing, especially when there is a lot of background noise (i.e. at a restaurant). I'd be interested in hearing if there are any ways to naturally improve hearing. I seem to recall something on Oprah a while back about cleaning ears (qtips apparently are *not* good) and maybe this would help. I'd love to improve my own hearing as well as prevent deterioration over time.<br><br><br><br>
And yes, I'm sure not listening to loud music is probably a good idea...
 

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I don't think there is a way. But there are ways to cope. Don't take him to really noisy places if you expect to have a conversation, look at him when you're talking to him, etc.<br><br><br><br>
A hearing aid may help, if he's not opposed to that for whatever reason.
 

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Ah, I wasn't clear enough with my question. I'm actually looking to do things to improve my own hearing and/or prevent ending up like my Dad when I'm his age. Of course whatever I learn I can share with him... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I believe it's all about prevention. You can't really get back hearing lost. So basically avoid spending long amounts of time in loud areas and use hearing protection when you are in loud areas.
 

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Take him to an ear doctor and check him for impacted ear wax. I've heard it <a href="http://deafness.about.com/cs/earbasics/a/earwax.htm" target="_blank">can affect hearing</a>.
 

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As harper already said, hearing lost can't be regained. Cleaning out the wax once in a while can help, but mostly, it's about prevention. Wear earplugs whenever you're using loud equipment like a lawn mower. Don't listen to your music too loud. Not much more to say really, other than to just expect to need hearing aids eventually. It's like how many people need glasses as they get older that they didn't need in their youth. It's just a fact of life, until medical science comes up with a breakthrough surgery to restore hearing.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Thanks for the suggestions guys. One of the reasons I asked is that back when I was considering having lasik I came across a bunch of books and techniques for "naturally" improving vision. I ultimately decided to do lasik but the fact that vision could be improved without surgery, contacts, etc. was pretty interesting.<br><br><br><br>
I was thinking that maybe something along those lines was available for hearing.
 
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