New Ear Resolutions
As 2017 winds down, we look forward to a happy and healthy new year. As many of us will make resolutions focused on better health, consider making you hearing health a focus for the coming year. Hearing loss affects approximately 48 million people, making it extremely common in the U.S. Taking steps to protect your hearing can also mean preventing other conditions such as dementia, heart disease & diabetes; all of which are conditions associated with hearing lost. Incorporating these 3 resolutions can help protect your long-term hearing health.
Schedule a Hearing Exam:
If you are over the age of 50, it is recommended that you have your hearing tested every 3 years. The majority of people who require hearing aids are under the age of 65. Hearing loss can affect anyone at any age. Make it a resolution to have your hearing evaluated by a qualified hearing specialist who can determine if further treatment is recommended.
Invest in Hearing Protection
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s true! Most hearing protection is light weight, comfortable and unobtrusive. If you are planning to attend a concert, sporting event or other event that involves being near loud noise for a long period of time, invest in earmuffs or earplugs. Many of the options available allow you to hear the full range of sound, simply at a lower volume. Therefore, you are not missing any of the sound, aside from the dangerous volume.
Be Heart Smart
Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. The inner ear is very sensitive to blood flow. Since a healthy heart leads to better circulation, that can also lead to better hearing health. Combining a healthy diet with a regular exercise routine can benefit your overall health from your heart to your ears.
The key to following through on your resolution is to take that first step. If you are concerned about your hearing health, be sure to contact us to set up a no obligation hearing test.