Eat healthier. Exercise more. Quit smoking. Watch less television. 2022 is nearly here and with it comes resolutions for a healthier and happier year ahead. These resolutions often start strong at the beginning of the year but how do we keep it going all year long? When we think of a resolution as a large thing it can start to feel overwhelming. To get a resolution to stick it’s important to think of it as establishing a new routine. It can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. By breaking down a goal into smaller steps and incorporating it into our lives we can establish resolutions that stick.
Addressing Hearing Loss
In the case of hearing loss, it’s important to focus on the small things we can do to deal with a bigger issue. Many underestimate the importance of hearing loss to their own detriment. Did you struggle to hear your family over the holidays? Did others complain that the TV was too loud when it sounded fine to you? These are signs of hearing loss and it’s harder to self-diagnose than you’d first expect. This is because hearing loss often starts subtly spanning years. You don’t realize how bad it’s become but this doesn’t stop it from impacting many aspects of your life. Your relationships between family friends and your significant other may feel strained, and your professional life is no longer advancing like it used to. You may not even realize how hearing loss plays a huge part in our personal and professional success.
Schedule a Hearing Exam
Hearing loss often goes on for years affecting the quality of life without many even realizing it. Hearing loss affects one in three people 65 or older and half of those 75 or older, however, you can be of any age to struggle with hearing loss. The first step is simple. Schedule a hearing test. Hearing tests are painless and simple. A hearing healthcare professional will interview you about your family history and lifestyle and examine your ears to determine if there are any blockages such as excess earwax. After the physical examination, your healthcare professional will put you in a sound-controlled room wearing headphones. They will play a series of sounds in each ear, designed to detect the highest and lowest tones, and pitches your ears can detect. The results of your hearing test will be displayed on an audiogram which will allow your hearing healthcare specialist to inform you of the degree of hearing loss you have.
Treating Hearing Loss
Some hearing loss occurs due to blockages in the inner ear and can be fixed by clearing the blockage. However, most hearing loss issues are sensorineural and are irreversible. Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noise, impact on the head, exposure to certain chemicals, medications, or frequent infections. While it can be alarming to come to terms with permanent hearing loss the good news is that it is very treatable, most often with hearing aids. These tiny electronic devices amplify the specific sounds your audiogram reports you struggle with. This allows you to have enhanced hearing and have the chance to continue to connect with family, friends, and professional relationships. Unfortunately, of those who could benefit from treatment, only a small fraction ever does. The next step in keeping a resolution to address your hearing is to treat it.
Wear Your Hearing Aids Daily
When you treat your hearing, you can continue to stay active, stay connected, engaged, and excited about life. We can help you find the best hearing aids for you and your lifestyle. The next step in the goal to treat your hearing is to commit to wearing your hearing aids daily. They can be difficult to get used to at first. You may hear sounds you haven’t heard in years and it may feel just strange. Once you get through the adjustment period, you’ll find that you’ll be able to hear the people in your life and you won’t want to be without them. The key to success for keeping healthy hearing resolutions starts with a hearing exam. Schedule one now!