It’s hard to believe another year has ended! 2014 certainly flew by very fast. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for reflecting on changes we would like to make in our lives, and we have a few recommendations to make…
1. Wear your hearing aids! There is no point in having hearing aids if they are just going to sit on your nightstand forever. Get into the habit of wearing your hearing aids daily. If you find that they are more of a hindrance than a help, don’t just write them off – book an appointment to speak to a hearing clinician right away. It might be a matter of a simple settings adjustment.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask others to speak up. It happens all too often – you explain to someone that you have hearing loss, politely asking him or her to speak up and make eye contact before addressing you. And they forget almost instantly. It’s so easy to let it slide and resign yourself to another conversation spent politely nodding, but try to be more insistent this year. Don’t give up – remind people until they get the message!
3. Don’t let hearing loss isolate you. It can be hard sometimes, but it’s so important to get out there and socialise. Join a support group for people with hearing loss so you can get to know people who are going through similar issues. Commit to beating the loneliness which is all too common in people with hearing loss.
4. Eat healthy hearing foods. Research has found that eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet can help prevent or delay hearing loss. Vitamin B9, omega 3 fatty acids and magnesium have all been shown to help ears stay sharp – make sure you get enough of them this year! Learn more about healthy hearing foods here.
5. Take a trip to a hearing-friendly holiday destination. The last thing you want when you’re on a holiday is to feel stressed or limited by your hearing ability! Luckily, some holiday destinations are more hearing-friendly than others. This year, book a holiday where you will be able to properly relax and enjoy yourself. A cruise is a great idea! Read more here.
6. Communicate more effectively with your grandkids. One of the greatest joys in growing older is the joy of spending time with your grandchildren. Communication is key to developing these special relationships, which can be difficult when you have a hearing loss. Take a look at our tips for communicating with grandchildren here.
7. Protect your residual hearing. Even though you might have hearing aids now, it is still important to protect your remaining natural hearing ability to prevent your hearing loss from growing more severe. We have listed four to do this ways here.
8. Look after yourself & others. If you think you might have a hearing loss but you haven’t sought professional help yet, book an appointment right away. Life is too short to let hearing loss hold you back. Likewise, if you know someone who might be living with undiagnosed hearing loss, encourage him or her to seek help. Be encouraging and supportive!