The New Year is the perfect time to commit to protecting your hearing. You can address old hearing issues with new motivation, which can improve your overall health. Here are some ways you can protect your hearing and ease hearing loss.
Protect Your Ears
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is caused by long-term exposure to sounds over 85 decibels. These sounds can include your lawnmower, leaf blower, or a loud vehicle driving down the street. The noise damages sensory hair cells in your ears, which causes hearing loss.
Protect your hearing by:
- Moving away from sources of loud noise
- Wearing earplugs in noisy environments
- Turning down the volume on radios, televisions, and headphones
- Investing in noise-canceling headphones
Protecting your ears can help you preserve your hearing abilities, so you can engage with the people you love. And staying engaged means you will improve your overall mental and emotional well-being.
Get A Hearing Test
Hearing tests can evaluate the kind of hearing loss you might have and the severity of your condition. Audio Help audiologists conduct comprehensive hearing tests, so you receive personalized treatment that will address your specific needs. And because hearing tests evaluate the cause of your condition, you may be able to address other health concerns that are contributing to your hearing loss.
Ask Your Audiologist About Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can reintroduce you to a world of sounds you didn’t realize you were missing. You may not enjoy conversations because you have to ask others to repeat themselves. With the appropriate hearing aids, you can enjoy chatting with others without asking them to speak up.
Today’s technology offers powerful sound clarification without sounding artificial. You can find hearing aids that support speech analysis so you can enjoy talking on the phone, chatting at the dinner table, or one-on-one conversation. Some hearing aids also have Bluetooth connectivity and can link to your smartphone with the touch of a button. You can enjoy crystal clear audio without having to adjust your devices while you talk on the phone. Audiologists can recommend the right hearing aid style for you based on your degree of hearing loss. Ask about your options during your evaluation.
Other Resolutions That Support Your Hearing
Exercise: Regular exercise reduces your risk of chronic conditions that contribute to hearing loss, like heart disease and diabetes. It also improves your circulation, which supports your hearing.
Eliminate nicotine: Smoking and other forms of tobacco introduce nicotine and carbon monoxide to your system. This restricts blood flow to the ears and damages hair cells. Cutting out smoking will reduce further damage to your ears and improve your physical health.
Audio Help is committed to helping you achieve your hearing New Year’s resolutions. Schedule an appointment today at one of our offices in New York City, Scarsdale or Stamford, Connecticut.