Resolutions abound in January, and there’s no better time to kickstart your year on the right foot (er, ear).

We know you’ve heard this from us before, but it’s worth repeating: Over 48 million Americans currently experience hearing loss and 80% of them do nothing about it. That’s a significant amount of ears going unheard across the states. There are many ways to prioritize hearing health in your everyday life. Here are some easy ways to take the first steps toward better overall hearing health.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings (Sound-oun-dings?)

It’s hard to imagine sounds louder than those at Times Square during the New Year’s Eve ball drop, or children screaming with excitement because Santa dropped the must-have gift of the season down the chimney. While some sounds like traffic and construction may be unavoidable in your day-to-day life, “continued exposure to noise about 85 decibels over time will cause hearing loss,” according to the Center for Hearing and Communication.[1]

The CHC provided the below list of sounds as a point of reference for a range of volumes, suggesting people “limit the exposure time and/or wear hearing protection” for sounds at or above 110 decibels.

safe hearing

Source: Center for Hearing Health

You Hear What You Eat.

There’s nothing that tastes like a home-cooked, holiday meal (no matter how quickly it was delivered). That being said, the saying “you are what you eat” is never truer than after the holidays. We feel – and probably look – like a Christmas ham after a little too much merry. While we’re already looking forward to going to an empty gym again come February, eating proper nutrients such as folate and omega-3 fatty acids in the meantime “may help to prevent age-related hearing loss” per EatingWell.[2]

fish and veggies that help build your hearing health

Next time you’re at the market, be sure your cart is full of leafy greens like spinach, fish and beans. Consuming this healthy diet may also have an additional benefit to everyone’s go-to, albeit pesky resolution – weight loss.

Ditch the Marlboro Man look.

This one’s a quick and easy tip, but an oh-so-challenging habit to break (or so we’ve heard). Smokers are 70 percent more likely than non-smokers to suffer hearing loss, according to an article in the June 1998 Journal of the American Medical Association.[3] The study also found that non-smokers living with a smoker were twice as likely to develop hearing loss as those who were not exposed to second-hand smoke. Put the pack down, and back away slowly.

Let the Holidays Inspire You.

Were you one of the few family members left out of dinner conversations during the holiday-heavy months? Hearing loss doesn’t only affect the individual struggling to hear that same old fishing story told for the umpteenth time – this evening.

Hearing loss affects the entire family. Relationships are built on communication, and can become strained when one member of the group floats in and out of conversation – or chooses to disengage altogether. If you’re struggling with hearing loss, resolve to take responsibility to improve your senses with the help of modern hearing aids to make chit-chat a breeze.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

We’re counting down the seconds for you to hear more of life with Eargo’s insanely comfortable, virtually invisible hearing aids, which were designed for adults with mild to moderate, high-frequency hearing loss. Our team of personal hearing guides is all ears at 1-800-734-7603 for any questions about our product or process.

Sources
[1] http://chchearing.org/noise/common-environmental-noise-levels/
[2] http://www.eatingwell.com/article/16716/hard-of-hearing-eat-this/
[3] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/187596