Start a new decade focusing on hearing health

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"by " Elizabeth Lande
12/31/2019

A new decade is upon us. Do you have resolutions for how you can take better care of yourself? There are so many options out there for starting anew. Let HearingLife help inspire you as we enter 2020.

Many of the most common resolutions are difficult to keep up with. Some people struggle each January to lose weight or quit smoking. Others want to get more exercise, spend more time with family and friends, or maybe even downsize and live better in 2020. 

Tips for better hearing

We have 5 easy tips that will help you make a big impact on your hearing health with minimal effort.

  • Protect Your Ears from Loud Noises: You may not realize what types of noises and sounds can actually cause permanent hearing loss. Many people already know that loud concerts, gun shots, fireworks, airplanes and machinery are loud enough to cause damage; however, there are unlikely culprits too.

    How loud is too loud? Noise levels over 85 decibels can become dangerous, especially over long periods of time. You can download a smartphone app that will let you know how loud of an environment you are in. When you use it, you will realize that power tools, vacuums, lawn mowers or even restaurants can be loud enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss if you are exposed for extended periods of time. Spend a little time looking into options, and you'll find that there are lots of ways to prevent hearing loss

  • Turn Down the Volume when Using Media: Another cause of noise-induced hearing loss is listening to media through earphones. Most newer devices give you a warning alert when the level is too high and we encourage you to pay attention to it. This applies to any sound listened through headphones including phone calls, music or other entertainment. If you find yourself constantly turning the volume up past 60% in order to hear through your headphones, then consider speaking with a professional hearing care provider.

  • Exercise: This is a common New Year’s resolution; however exercising isn’t just for weight loss! Studies have shown that you may be able to exercise your way to better hearing when you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Yoga and other fitness programs have been shown to promote healthy hearing

  • Eat Healthy: Just like exercising, eating right is another popular New Year’s resolution. In fact, research shows that a healthy diet also helps preserve your hearing as part of a healthy lifestyle.

  • See Your Hearing Professional Regularly: If you are concerned that you are experiencing any hearing loss, then resolve to make an appointment for a complimentary hearing assessment with us in early 2020.

More resolutions for better living and better hearing in 2020

For more ideas of great things to take up in the new decade, see our latest version of Connected Living, HearingLife's e-Newsletter. With interesting tips and ideas on healthy living, activities, travel adventures, fine dining and more, we have plenty of tips to add a little adventure to your life. From learning how to culinary masterpieces in your kitchen, to trying a life-changing hobby, you are sure to find something to inspire you in the coming year.