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Healthy Hearing: New Years Resolutions

As New Year's starts to approach, many of us are taking stock of where we are and where we would like to head in the future. While your hearing health may not be at the top of your list, it's something that you should consider adding. Here are some great 2021 new year resolutions that you should add to your list to ensure that your hearing stays healthy.

Invest In Hearing Protection

It's so easy to get caught up in the rush of finishing a project that you simply don't protect your ears. Every time that you choose to go without proper hearing protection is one more time that can damage your hearing. Make a resolution to plan ahead of time and keep hearing protection gear on hand for use in the new year. Tasks like mowing your lawn, weed whacking, and attending live concerts should be done with some form of hearing protection.

Schedule Annual Hearing Tests

If you're like most people, you visit your family physician once a year for your annual checkup. They're to evaluate your health and let you know if they see any potential problems start to develop. This way, they can be addressed early on. Your hearing should be looked after in the same way. Most people don't even realize that they have lost some of their hearing as it slowly fades. Getting an annual hearing test can ensure that your hearing is taken care of and address problems early on.

Stop the Use of Q-Tips

Q-Tips are such an easy product that you can grab and use in your ears. Unfortunately, they can push ear wax deeper into the ear canal. Over time, this build-up of ear wax can result in some nasty hearing loss. Instead of using Q-Tips, consider investing in one of the many over-the-counter wax removal solutions. Some of the most common are suction devices and drops. If you'd like, you can always head to your local audiologist to have your ears professionally cleaned.

Eat A Healthier Diet

Eating the right foods leads to all sorts of good health. When it comes to your hearing, consuming an adequate amount of Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D has been shown to protect against hearing loss. When it comes to medications, take a moment to assess what you're consuming. There are actually over 200 medications that can increase your chance of undergoing hearing loss. Talk with your doctor about alternatives.

Call Us Today

Our trained hearing care specialists are here to assist you with all of your new year resolutions. Whether it's evaluating your hearing or getting a new pair of hearing aids, we can make it happen today.