Eating better, joining a gym, earning or travelling more – any of these typical New Year’s resolutions sound like yours? Well, whatever your goals are for this year, we suggest that you also consider your hearing health in 2019.
Here are five easy steps to preserving and protecting your ears into the new year.
With headphone usage on the rise, it’s best to check if you’re enjoying your music, videos, phone calls, etc. at a safe decibel level. The obvious answer is to turn down the volume on your device, but we also suggest doing a quick check of your audio settings. Many devices allow you to reduce the volume limit, meaning you won’t be tempted to crank it too high.
Whether you’re headed to the cinema, a live gig, or just a noisey day on the jobsite, avoiding excessive sound can be difficult in everyday life. Wearing earplugs is a simple, cost-effective solution to reducing the effects of high decibels. If you’re a music lover, we suggest you consider high-fidelity earplugs, which are available in many electronic stores and reduce harmful soundwaves while still maintaining a clear and precise sound for listeners.
Be A Well Being
Generally speaking, the healthier you are as a person, the healthier your ears tend to be. Both smoking and obesity are linked to hearing loss, so any New Year’s resolution that eliminates those is a step towards protecting your hearing.
Eat Your Ears Healthier
One of the most practical ways to prevent hearing problems is to consider what’s on your plate. In short, a nutritious, balanced diet helps maintain a healthy body as well as healthy hearing. But three nutrients in particular have been shown to help fight hearing loss in people both young and old. Foods rich in folate are required for healthy cell growth and DNA repair. Folate is found in broccoli, spinach, lentils and citrus fruits. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for preventing inflammatory diseases as well as cognitive function. You can enrich your diet with Omega-3s thanks to fish (such as salmon, anchovies and sardines), walnuts and flaxseed. Finally, magnesium can help maintain strong hearing health. It’s found in bananas, avocado, seeds and (thankfully) dark chocolate.
Get A Hearing Test
If you’ve entered 2019 thinking your hearing health could be better, you’re probably right. Visit a Connect Hearing clinic and get a hearing test, and take the next best step to upholding your resolution.