New Year’s Resolutions For Better Hearing

Hearing Aids Paducah

With the new year upon us, you may have considered making a New Year’s resolution. If you are in the 45% of people who make New Year’s resolutions, add these to your list to help ensure good hearing healthcare for the coming year.  If you are part of the other 55%, take these recommendations as good healthcare advice. Here are some suggestions for resolutions for better hearing.

Protect Your Hearing

One in three Americans with hearing loss has noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the sensory cells or hair cells found in the inner ear (cochlea). Loud noise exposure causes damage to those hair cells and ultimately causes them to die. Hair cells do not regenerate once they die. Noise damages the hearing system based on two factors, how loud the noise is and how long you are exposed to it. There are three ways that you can protect your hearing.

  1. Walk Away – The further you get from the noise source, the more the volume will decrease.
  2. Reduce the Volume – Listen to your personal listening device, car stereo, radio, television, or speaker system at lower volumes.
  3. Wear Hearing Protection – The use of hearing protection is the best solution for many occupational and recreational loud noise situations. There are both custom and non-custom hearing protection options available.

Quit Smoking

People who smoke are almost twice as likely to have hearing loss as those people who do not smoke. Additionally, people who do not smoke but live with someone who does are also more likely to develop hearing loss. How does smoking impact the hearing system? The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes restrict blood flow, preventing oxygen from effectively circulating in your inner ear. Poor blood flow can permanently damage the sensory cells in the hearing organ.

Exercise

Maintaining good overall health is also important in maintaining good hearing health. Exercise is a great way to help decrease your risk of chronic illness and other risk factors for hearing loss. People who are overweight are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and people who have diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss. Being overweight makes it more difficult for the heart to circulate blood throughout the body, and that includes the small structures of the inner ear. Having high blood glucose levels may also damage the blood vessels in the inner ear.

Have Your Hearing Tested

A comprehensive hearing evaluation performed by Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah is the first step in identifying hearing loss. Results of a hearing evaluation may help identify the cause of the hearing loss and will also assist in determining appropriate rehabilitation recommendations.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (270) 558-3996.

Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!