At the turn of a New Year, our thoughts often shift to how we can improve our overall health. Diet and exercise are common themes, but hearing health is often not considered. We’re here to advocate that 2019 should be the year you protect your hearing, so we’ve put together some tips to help you do just that.
The first step towards protecting your hearing health is a routine check-up with your local hearing care specialist. This will evaluate if anything about your hearing has changed, and establish what your baseline hearing is. If you’re already a hearing aid wearer, it’s also the perfect time to get your device checked. At Audionics, we can ensure your device is properly maintained, give it a clean if needed, and talk through an upgrade or any accessories that may be advised.
Keep Warm & Dry
Keep your ears warm during the winter with a pair of ear-warmers or a hat that covers your ears. Excess moisture can allow bacteria to enter the ear canal, which can cause swimmer’s ear or other ear infections. These can both impact your ability to hear, and lead to hearing loss in more extreme cases. Ensure you towel-dry your ears after bathing or swimming, or if you get caught in the rain. Excess moisture can also spell havoc on hearing aid devices – ensure you keep these in a warm and dry environment.
It’s estimate that approximately 15% of Americans have Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) caused by loud leisure or work environments. Environments that cause you to shout to ensure the person next to you can hear you are indicative of dangerous noise volumes.
Carry a set of earplugs with you to help protect your hearing on the go. And use them! Common places where your ears may be exposed to high volumes are sporting events, loud commuter journeys, or even using some household appliances like a hair dryer or vacuum cleaner. This simple step can help prevent Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).
Exercise has both physical and mental benefits, but did you know that it’s good for your ears too? Cardio exercises like running, cycling or even walking help increase blood flow around your body, including your ears. A healthy blood flow to your ears helps keeps them in tip-top shape, so get moving!
Making a commitment to protecting your hearing health could be your best resolution yet. If you’re ready to start 2019 with a commitment to better hearing health, book in your hearing assessment today. To book an appointment today, call us on 212-755-5100 or click here to request your appointment.