December 27, 2021
An estimated 30 million Americans over the age of 12 have some form of a hearing impairment. For people with hearing loss, hearing aid devices can be a life changing investment. They can literally help to open up a world of sound and improve your quality of life.
As we near the end of another year, you might be thinking ahead. New Year’s resolutions are one way for us to commit to a new start.
Lose weight, exercise more, focus on health. These are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make. However, up to 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions will have failed them by the second week of February.
The resolutions that succeed are ones that are easy to stick to. A resolution that can easily fit into your normal daily routine can help set you up for resolution success!
How about a resolution that’s easy to stick to, benefits your overall wellbeing, could protect your brain and lets you enjoy the world around you? We’re talking about your hearing.
New Year’s Resolution: Prioritizing Your Hearing Health
Looking after your hearing health can do so much more than protect your hearing ability. It can have wider reaching implications on your overall health and wellness.
Here are five easy ways to take care of your hearing in the new year.
Use Earplugs Around Loud Noise
Estimates from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) indicate that approximately 10 million Americans have suffered irreversible Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). NIHL can affect individuals of all ages, and is preventable!
If you have to shout in order for the person next to you to hear you, there’s a good chance that you’re being exposed to noise that is considered above safe volume. Exposure can occur at home, in the workplace, or in recreational settings.
Protect your hearing by knowing which noises can cause damage. Any noise above 75 decibels can pose a threat. Wear earplugs or other protective hearing gear when exposed to such volumes. Earplugs and earmuffs are available at many pharmacies, sporting good stores and hardware stores. If you experience repeated exposure to dangerous noise volumes, you may want to consider a custom pair of earplugs.
Many smartphones have apps that can measure the sound levels in a noisy situation with very high levels of accuracy. Take a look around your app store and search for “sound level meter” and see what types of free options are available for download.
Don’t Stick Anything In Your Ear
This is such an important tip, we’re going to repeat it. Don’t stick anything in your ear, ever! Many of us will use cotton swabs to clean wax out of our ear canals, and we simply advise against doing this. Not only is a little of wax in your ears normal, it’s important.
Wax can stop dust and other harmful material getting into your ear canal. There’s also a risk that you can damage your eardrum with a cotton swab, or cause an impaction by pushing wax further into your canal.
Keep Your Ears Dry
Excess moisture in your ears can allow harmful bacteria to enter your ear canal. This can result in swimmer’s ear or other ear infections. Infections can in some cases cause hearing loss. Reduce your risks by ensuring you gently towel dry your ears after exposure to moisture, either from swimming, bathing or being caught in the rain outside.
If you feel like you have water inside your ear, tilt your head slightly to the side and gentle pull on your earlobe. If your ears are regularly exposed to moisture, you may want to consider using custom-fit swimmers’ earplugs that block water from entering the canal entirely.
Stay On Top Of Your Hearing Assessments
The most effective way to take care of your hearing is to book in a yearly hearing assessment. As hearing loss often develops over time, annual assessments can identify any changes in your baseline hearing.
Early treatment of hearing loss can help mitigate any impact on your day-to-day life. Studies are also increasingly showing links between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline in older adults.
Get Hearing Aids If Needed
There are hundreds of reasons why you should treat any known loss of hearing with hearing aids if you have been told that you are a candidate for this kind of treatment. Hearing technology works better than ever before, and you would be surprised at how much fun it is to hear as well as you can.
Contact Our Hearing Healthcare Specialists Today!
Staying on top of your hearing health can help to detect any changes to your baseline hearing. In turn, this can help to minimize the impact that hearing loss can have on your day-to-day life. If you are overdue for a hearing assessment, make today the day you book in with your local hearing healthcare specialist. To book an appointment with Audiology Professionals, call (541) 228-9233. Alternatively, click here to contact us online.