5 steps to better hearing health
Better Hearing Month occurs every May, and is an important time to raise awareness about hearing loss and to promote better communication through healthy hearing. Hearing can play an essential role in relationships and in both physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are several ways to promote better hearing in your life, and in the lives of those you love. Start with these 5 steps to better hearing health.
- Exercise and follow a healthy diet Diet, lifestyle, medical history and medications can all play a part in your hearing health. Changes in your hearing can be an indication that other issues are occurring in your body. Following a healthy diet and staying physically active are both steps you can take to help ensure your hearing stays strong.
- Get an annual checkup Just like getting an annual physical, regular hearing health evaluations can help keep your hearing sharp. There are a number of things that can cause hearing loss, including aging, loud noises, and certain illnesses or medications. Knowing the signs of hearing loss and staying up-to-date on your checkups can help keep your hearing healthy and strong. Already wear hearing aids? Regular tests are still critical to ensure your hearing abilities haven’t changed, and that your technology is giving you the best possible performance.
- Avoid the noise Exposure to loud noise is a leading cause of hearing loss, especially among younger people (which is why it’s also important to protect your kids’ and grandkids’ hearing health). Activities like mowing the lawn, attending concerts, and even exposure to sounds on busy streets can all contribute to hearing loss. To avoid hearing damage from prolonged exposure to loud noises, experts recommend wearing ear protection, such as ear plugs or headphones, in environments where noise levels are higher than 85 decibels. It’s also a good idea to take breaks to give your ears a chance to rest.
- Follow proper care and maintenance for your hearing technology When it comes to getting the most out of your hearing aids, taking care of them is key in helping to ensure that you experience optimal performance and comfort. Properly storing batteries and cleaning your hearing aid can help you get the most out of your hearing instruments.
- Talk to your loved one if you think they may be experiencing hearing loss If you suspect that a friend or loved one is experiencing hearing loss, a caring thing you can do is to talk to them about it. Helping someone you love with hearing health issues could help them avoid the consequences of untreated hearing loss. Research shows that waiting too long for treatment could lead to other health issues, so it’s best to have these conversations as soon as you suspect there may be a problem.
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