Taking time at the beginning of a new year to make resolutions is a tradition that dates back for centuries. It’s the perfect time to rethink your habits and do things a little better than you did the year before.
For most people, health is at the top of their list. They try to eat better, work out more and generally take better care of their bodies.
We’d love to suggest that this is also a great time to have your hearing assessed and resolve to change some of your hearing habits.
But where to start? We’ve got a few suggestions….
Your initial assessment will be able to determine if and to what degree of hearing loss you night be experiencing.
A simple and painless hearing assessment can reveal whether or not your hearing has deteriorated and if so, what you can do to prevent it from deteriorating further.
Your hearing care professional will go over the results of your assessment and make recommendations for your next steps…this could mean a medical referral, hearing aid devices, or other devices that can greatly improve your quality of life.
Be cognizant of loud environments and use ear protection.
When it comes to concerts, theaters, and even mowing the lawn – the high decibel levels involved with these loud environments can damage your hearing more quickly than you may realize. But you don’t have to avoid the fun altogether if you just remember to use hearing protection.
Practice Safe Listening
Safe listening isn’t just about how loud things are – it also takes into account how often and for how long you are listening. To be safe, limit the volume, the duration and the frequency of any intense listening situation. This one is especially geared towards anyone who uses earbuds or over-ear headphones regularly.
Changes to your diet can help your hearing health.
Anything rich in Vitamin D or Omega-3 Fats help strengthen blood vessels throughout the body and especially in the ear’s sensory system.
Antioxidants limit free radicals in your body, which can damage the nerve tissue in your inner ears.
Magnesium, commonly found in bananas, potatoes, artichokes, or broccoli, has been shown to provide additional protection against noise-induced hearing loss.
Check maintenance medication for their effects on your hearing.
There are something like 200 different medications, including cancer-fighting drugs and antibiotics that can affect your hearing. In some cases, your physician may be able to recommend a different medication that won’t cause hearing loss.
If you already use hearing aids, schedule a checkup to make sure they are working as well as they can for you.
All hearing aid devices need a tune-up every now and then. As your hearing needs change, the settings on your hearing devices will need to change also. The best way to handle this is a visit to your health care professional.
There is no better time to change your habits than the start of a new year.
We’d love to help you improve your hearing and by extension, your quality of life. Give us a call and schedule a consultation today!
We can’t wait to help you gain a better hearing lifestyle. Here at Treasure Valley Hearing & Balance, we are committed to better hearing and committed to you! Contact us today and schedule an appointment.