Healthy Hearing: 2021 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. New Years Resolutions

We can all agree that a new year is especially welcomed in 2021. The start of a new year brings the opportunity to make a fresh start and commit to better choices. New Year Resolutions are a great way to hold ourselves accountable for improving our relationships, finances, and most commonly, our health.

The key to seeing a resolution all the way through to December 31 is setting realistic goals. When it comes to improving your hearing health, a healthy diet, ear protection, appropriate music volume, and hearing tests are great steps to take. Read on for more information on these easily manageable New Year Resolutions catered to better hearing health.

Make Healthier Choices

As with most health-related resolutions, going on a diet will play an important role in promoting your hearing health. Omega 3 fats and vitamin D have been proven to lower the risk of age-related hearing loss by over 40 percent. Omega 3s can be found in flaxseed oil, salmon, and sardines.

In conjunction with Vitamins A, C, and E, magnesium has been shown to guard hair cells in the inner ear from damage caused by loud noises.

Invest in Ear Protection

Most people assume ear protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, is only appropriate for occasions like fireworks shows, concerts, and sporting events. At 95-100 dB, 15 minutes or more of exposure to the sound of a lawnmower can cause noise-induced hearing loss. Inexpensive options for earplugs and earmuffs can be found online and in stores to help avoid hearing loss.

Lower Your Music Volume

Lowering your music volume is another excellent way to protect your hearing, and the good news is that it is a resolution that requires no extra effort! Keep the music at 85 decibels or lower, no more than 60 percent of your device’s volume.

While earbuds can be a great tool to use on the go, they sit very close to your eardrums, which can be even more detrimental to your hearing health. In addition, earbuds can force earwax deeper into the ear, which in turn can cause blockages and muffle sound, making you crank that volume up louder. Over-the-ear headphones are a safer option for listening to music.

Call Us Today

The best way to know where your hearing health stands is to visit a hearing specialist and have your hearing tested. A hearing test will give you a clear idea of where your hearing is and can pinpoint any problems with your hearing. It would help if you have your hearing tested every three years after the age of fifty. For more information about your hearing health, call us today at Beltone Dallas Fort Worth.