Commonly, New Year’s resolutions are centered around being healthier and taking better care of yourself in the new year. For many people, January is the perfect time to hit the reset button and establish new intentions for the coming months. Why not take your New Year’s resolution to the next decibel and ensure better hearing in 2018? Here are some suggestions for making this year the BEST year yet!
- Protect Your Ears! Although noise-induced hearing loss affects one in three Americans, it is PREVENTABLE. You can protect your hearing by reducing the volume on your personal listening device, television, car stereos, etc. If you can’t manually control the volume in your environment, WALK AWAY. The further you get from the noise source, the more volume will decrease. If you can’t walk away from loud volumes, be sure to wear hearing protection.
- Quit Smoking. Did you know people who smoke are almost twice s likely to have hearing loss than people who do not smoke? The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes restrict blood flow, preventing oxygen from effectively circulating in your inner ear. Poor blood flow can permanently damage the sensory cells in the hearing organ. If you live with a smoker you are also at a greater risk for hearing loss.
- Exercise. Not only does exercise make you feel better, but it can also contribute to maintaining good hearing health. Exercise is a great way to reduce your risk of chronic illness such as heart disease and diabetes, which are contributing risk factors for hearing loss. A healthy heart and good circulation are vital to the operation of your inner ear. Having high blood glucose levels may also be damaging to the blood vessels in the inner ear.
- Visit a Hearing Specialist! One of the most important things you can do to improve your quality of life in 2018 is have your hearing tested. There are so many benefits to identifying and treating hearing loss early on. Hearing aids significantly reduce the risk of cognitive decline, decrease fall risk, and can even protect your income and financial stability.
Why put off getting your hearing tested? Let’s work together to make health and happiness our top priorities in 2018!