What are Your Hearing Health Resolutions?

February 3, 2022

Do you make New Year Resolutions?

Some people do and some people don’t, but regardless there is just something about a new year that makes us a little bit introspective: wanting to start fresh and make new goals.

Many people make goals regarding health or finances: lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, make more money….

But have you thought about your hearing health and how you might set goals to improve that?

Since you may not have thought about setting goals for your hearing health for the new year, let’s go through a few options and tips that can be easily implemented right now!


  1. When you see your primary physician, bring up your hearing health              

It may not be on your doctor’s radar at every visit, so breach the conversation while you are there. We have learned the best time to focus on protecting your hearing and preventing hearing loss is before you notice deterioration.

Since hearing loss is usually not reversible, it’s important to pay attention now!

  1. Turn down the volume in your life

Loud noises such as a train or a lawnmower just a couple of the dangers to our hearing health in the long term. Some every-day noises can damage hearing over time as well, and we may never realize it until it’s too late. These common noises may damage the delicate organs of the inner ear.

Take a moment to consider your daily noise exposure and do your best to reduce the time spent in loud settings like concerts, fireworks, noisy restaurants, and bars.

  1. Limit earbud use

Earbuds have become ubiquitous. They are small and easy to carry around, and they have allowed us to be in our own world while we’re out. Unfortunately, earbuds are pretty terrible for hearing health.

If you can, use earbuds sparingly, and when you use them, don’t ever have them set at full volume; try to keep it around 60% or less. Also take frequent breaks from them to give your ears a rest.

Better yet, get over-the-ear earphones to use when you can, because those do less damage to the sensitive parts of the inner ear canal. You will thank yourself later.

  1. Don’t forget your hearing aids

Hearing aid technology has come a long way over the years, and it keeps getting better and better! Hearing aids are getting “smarter” which makes life easier for you and influences the brain’s capacity to hear accurately and translate sounds to meaning. You see, hearing is not only the sound coming into our ears. The brain does a lo0t of work to translate the sounds our ears take in. Instead of using your hearing aids only for social settings; use them every day to ensure you are benefiting the most possible…even when you are alone.

  1. Take advantage of available options

Did you know many public spaces provide listening devices? Museums, theaters and other public venues will often have services or devices that can be used that can make your experience more enjoyable.

When in social settings, let people know you have a bit of a struggle when it comes to hearing them speak, and tell them if they face you when speaking it helps you a lot. When given instructions or important information like addresses and phone numbers, ask for them in writing. Think ahead and you will be glad you did!

  1. Carry protection

Earplugs are one cheap, convenient way to always keep your ears protected and prevent hearing loss over time. Since you never know when you may find yourself in a noisy situation, carry earplugs with you wherever you go and you’ll never be stuck holding your ears or wishing you had them. Hearing protection is also a good way to give your ears a rest after a long, noisy day.

  1. Get evaluated

Yearly hearing exams by your audiologist or physician are the best way to keep tabs on the state of your hearing and prevent any loss as soon as it occurs. Hearing evaluations are quick, easy, cheap and painless, but they can make a world of difference for your hearing health! Protect your hearing and enhance your hearing ability by staying on top of it every year! Schedule your appointment make sure you don’t miss a sound this year!

Remember that the first step to halting hearing loss and preventing further damage is to recognize your situation. Come in today for a hearing screening and formulate a strategy to train your brain to listen actively and effectively.

Diablo Hearing Services   2301 Camino Ramon, STE 106   San Ramon  (925) 394-4646

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