September is Self Improvement Month, which means people are setting goals and finding ways to become better versions of themselves. Whether you decide to take up a new hobby or change up your wardrobe, you should do whatever helps you to become a better you.
If you are concerned about your hearing health, here are four ways you can celebrate Self Improvement Month by improving your hearing.
Step #1: Take a break from headphones.
Many of us wear headphones on the daily, without thinking about the potential consequences. Headphones expose our ears to sound levels much higher than our ears are designed to handle.
To put this into perspective, sound is measured in decibels (dB). Our ears should hear only up to 85 dB at max, and anything over that can cause permanent damage to our hearing, or noise-induced hearing loss. Most headphones at maximum volume can reach sound levels of 110 db, which means that their ability to cause hearing loss is very likely.
Even if you are already experiencing hearing loss, it’s never too late to start protecting your hearing. One great first step towards improving your hearing is to stop it from getting worse: Whether it be wearing headphones less frequently, or turning down the volume of your TV, choose to expose your ears to dangerous sound levels less often.
#2: Adopt a healthy diet.
The United States is currently the number one country for obese and overweight citizens. In fact, the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) assessed how well Americans follow dietary recommendations, and to no surprise, in 2015, Americans only scored an average of 59 out of 100. As illustrated, most of us could improve our diets, which can also help us to improve our hearing.
In 2013, the International Journal of Audiology published a study that explored the relationship between diet and hearing loss. With participants ranging from 20 to 69 years old, the researchers evaluated the relationship between the dietary quality and levels of hearing loss. They found that the the better the quality of diet, the less likely a person is to have hearing loss.
Adopting better eating habits will reduce your chances of experiencing hearing loss. However, if you already have hearing loss, incorporating foods with Vitamin A, folate, zinc, and magnesium into your diet can aid in improving, or reducing the progression, of certain forms of hearing loss.
#3: Start exercising regularly.
The American Heart Association recommends each person practice moderately intense activity for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Not only will getting your body moving help you to maintain a healthy weight, but it can improve your overall health and lead to improved hearing.
Most of us know that exercise is great for your cardiovascular system, but did you know that improving the health of your heart can also improve your ability to hear? In 2010, the American Journal of Audiology published a study that was conducted over a period of six-decades, which confirmed that poor cardiovascular health can lead to poor hearing health. So, take some time each day to keep that heart pumping and your hearing in check!
In addition to your heart, your brain also plays a vital role in your hearing health. This is because your ability to hear requires a partnership between your ears and brain. In this way, to maintain your hearing health, you must maintain your brain health also, and one way to improve brain function is through exercise. Bottom line: Exercise is a great step toward obtaining overall better health and improving you from the inside out.
#4: Purchase a pair of hearing aids.
28.8 million people in the U.S. alone could benefit from hearing aids.
If you already keep dangerous noise levels to a minimum, eat healthy, and exercise, but you still have trouble hearing, you may be one of the many people who would benefit from hearing aids.
At Advanced Affordable Hearing, it is our mission to help people like you to hear better, and for a lower price than your local provider. Simply visit our Online Hearing Check, and we can send hearing aids directly to your door.
To start your journey to improved hearing, contact us now.
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