Across generations, the end of the year is a time for reflecting and setting new goals to help make your life better in the coming year. But no matter who (or how old) you are, there’s one important lifestyle goal you should add to your list this year: healthier hearing.
What does the goal of better hearing look like? It could mean making a few simple lifestyle tweaks—like wearing earplugs to concerts and sporting events. Or it could mean working with an audiology expert to create a full hearing healthcare plan.
Regardless of the approach you choose, here are five steps to make 2018 the best year yet for your hearing health.
Protect your hearing
When it comes to your hearing health, the best defense is a good offense. Even a few minor lifestyle adjustments can go a long way in keeping your hearing healthy. For instance, using earplugs around loud noises, turning down the volume of your TV or radio and taking medications only as directed are all effective ways to keep your hearing strong. Plus, research shows that managing your stress levels and staying physically healthy don’t hurt, either!
Stop procrastinating with hearing health
“If you can measure it, you can change it,” is a fundamental principle of psychology. Your hearing health is no different! Audiology professionals can provide you with a detailed snapshot of your hearing health, so that you can take the proper steps to have the best possible listening experience. No matter what age you are, physicians recommend participating in annual hearing screenings to ensure your baseline hearing stays strong.
Get other people on-board
When it comes to resolutions, one of the best indicators of success is having an accountability partner. Having another person committed to your success makes it much easier to achieve your goal. Build a network of people who can support you and hold you accountable in your hearing health goals. After all, it’s much harder to let someone else down than it is to try and go it alone.
Get physically active
Both your body and your ears love exercise. Research shows that BMI, waist circumference and physical activity can all impact your hearing health—so make sure to hit the gym, hiking trail, or aerobics class regularly.
Write down your goals
Many people who make weight loss resolutions in the New Year create a detailed plan for themselves to help ensure their success. You can take a similar approach with your hearing health!
Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University found that people who write down their goals, review them consistently, and share their goals with friends or loved ones are 33% more successful in achieving their goals than those people who just had goals.
Writing a plan not only reminds you why you made your resolution in the first place – it can also strengthen your commitment to it.
Want help with your hearing health resolutions? Connect Hearing is a great place to start. With 4 convenient locations to choose from in the Houston area, we offer free hearing evaluations, nationally-recognized customer service and affordable products for all budgets. Our friendly professionals are happy to assist you, whatever your hearing needs may be. Contact us at 281-671-9626 or visit ConnectHearing.com today to schedule your FREE evaluation today.