Ask The Experts Article – January 2015 – New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy Hearing
In celebration of the New Year we are encouraging everybody in the Lethbridge area to make 2015 the year to take care of their hearing health. In doing so, we would like to share our top 5 New Year’s resolutions for healthy hearing.
#1 – Wear Earplugs
They’re inexpensive, they’re practical, they’re easy to find and they do more to protect your hearing in everyday situations than just about anything. If you know that you are going to be exposed to loud noises, you should make sure that you have adequate hearing protection.
#2 – Get New Headphones
By investing in noise-dampening headphones, you will protect your hearing by allowing yourself to turn down volume levels and eliminate the need to strain to hear through outside noise. Headphones that dampen noise will not infiltrate your ears as much as other types of headphones. They will also help you protect your hearing for years to come and keep you connected to the sounds you love.
#3 – Exercise Regularly
Exercise doesn’t only benefit your heart and keep you from contracting illnesses, it will maintain your hearing as well. Working out with weights, running and walking for 20 minutes a day are among the activities that will keep you healthy. Staying in optimal health is ideal for preventing hearing loss and reducing stress levels. Some studies have even shown that losing weight may help you to hear better.
#4 – Talk Openly About Hearing Loss
Studies have shown that people who speak openly about hearing loss are more likely to take preventive measures. Speaking about hearing loss — even if your hearing is sound — reduces the stigma of the condition, researchers have found. Those who discuss it are more likely to take the steps necessary to curtail its effects when the time comes.
#5 – Book a Complimentary Hearing Test
Now is a great time to book a complimentary hearing assessment. This is the first step to determine if you have a hearing loss or if you need to do a better job at maintaining the hearing ability that you have left. The test itself is simple and painless and is offered free of charge.
Please call Legacy Hearing Centre at 403-942-5370 to book a hearing test and get more information about hearing loss and hearing aids. We hope to hear from you soon!
Michael Peterson, BC-HIS, Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner
Legacy Hearing Centre, #212, 200 – 4 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4C9
Phone: (403) 942-5370