New Year’s Day is upon us, along with all of the resolutions that we make. Even if you publicly say that you refuse to make resolutions, you probably intend to be healthier in 2017. If you do make resolutions, there is a good chance that they involve health, whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, lower your blood pressure, or anything else pertaining to improving your health. As you think about living a healthier lifestyle, have you considered your ears and your hearing? If taking care of your hearing is not on your list of New Year’s resolutions, consider making it one of them. Take action immediately, both to correct any uncorrected hearing loss and to take better care of your hearing now.
Your hearing loss affects you, but it also affects your loved ones, friends, coworkers, and everyone around you. Known as the butterfly effect, this is a huge reason for resolving to take care of your hearing loss. This is the best time of year to make a difference, not just for yourself but also for everyone who cares about you. By correcting your hearing loss, you are taking care of not just your health, but the well being of those around you- this is shaping up to be your most important resolution!
Turn the volume down.
This tip sounds so obvious, but repeated exposure to loud noises is one of the leading causes of hearing loss. Loud noises, even just occasional ones, can do irreversible damage to the nerves in your inner ear, so avoidance is the best thing you can do to protect your hearing. Loud concerts, gunfire, lawnmowers, and all sorts of common noises can damage your hearing. If you cannot avoid the exposure, consider getting quality earplugs to help block out the noise.
Speaking of earplugs, take a hard look at any earbuds or headphones that you are using. Recent studies show that many earbuds are much louder than they advertise, putting you at risk of unintentionally damaging your ears and your hearing. Definitely do your homework, looking at the most recent research about what earbuds and headphones cause the least harm to your hearing. You want to stay below eighty decibels with your music, and give your ears a “break” after listening to music for a long period.
Have your hearing tested.
If you have never had your hearing tested or it has been a while, this is a great first step. Start with our easy one-minute hearing quiz. Once you have finished the quiz, take the next big step. Schedule an appointment with one of our specialists- we will perform several tests to determine both what sort of hearing loss you have and how extensive it is. Whether you have nerve damage, tinnitus, or hereditary hearing loss, our experienced audiologists can determine a course of action after finishing our in-depth tests and assessments.
Invest in hearing aids.
After you have your hearing tested, the next step is to invest in your new hearing aids. Our staff will help you determine what type of hearing aids will both correct your hearing loss and fit your lifestyle needs. Whether you choose hearing aids that fit completely and invisibly inside your ear canal or behind-the-ear hearing aids, or something in between those two, we can help you pick the best fit. Our experts will not just help decide what hearing aids work for you, but they will also work with you to make sure that your settings are perfect. Excellent service does not end when you purchase your hearing aids- we work with you through the years on adjusting your settings, keeping your hearing aids working well, and any repairs or upkeep.
Now that you know why taking care of your hearing should be number one on your list of New Year’s resolutions, start today. Turn your volumes down, get your hearing tested, and make the decision to invest in hearing aids. You aren’t simply buying the devices, you are choosing to reconnect with everything that you have worked so hard for in your life. Here’s to a healthy and hearing 2017!