Getting in shape is by far the most popular new year’s resolution. It is a pretty great one to pick as a healthy body comes with a whole load of benefits, from feeling fitter and more energized, to being able to fit back into those clothes your waistline was busting out of not so long ago. But did you know getting in shape with regular exercise is also a great resolution for your hearing health?

Being overweight and having high blood pressure are both bad news for the health of your hearing. Exercise can help with both and so is a good way to look after your hearing. But exercise isn’t the only way to look after your hearing health. Here are 4 more things you can resolve to do this year to keep your hearing in good shape:

Use hearing protection

Loud noises are one of the biggest enemies of your hearing health. Lawnmowers, power tools, fireworks, loud music, the list goes on. All of these can damage your hearing. Protect your hearing by using earplugs or ear defenders. Also, if you are listening to music with headphones, make sure you don’t put the volume up high.

Keep your ears dry

If you’ve ever been swimming, you’ll know that waterlogged ears can make it hard to hear things clearly. Of course, this is usually a temporary situation. But if you don’t dry your ears or protect them from wet weather, moisture can linger and this can make conditions like tinnitus worse and also make you more likely to get an ear infection. So whenever possible, keep your ears dry.

Get a hearing test

It isn’t always easy to spot signs of hearing loss and there are lots of different causes, beyond aging. An Audiologist can diagnose all kinds of hearing and balance problems so that you can get the treatment you need to enjoy healthy hearing again. But they can only do that if you bring yourself in for a hearing test.

Wear your hearing aids every day

Hearing aids are miraculous pieces of modern technology that can restore hearing for those with mild, moderate or even severe hearing loss. If you have been fitted with hearing aids, it is important that you wear them every day. Your brain needs daily stimulation from the sounds around you to be able to stay in good shape. Not wearing your hearing aids consistently means your brain doesn’t get that ‘sound workout’ that it needs and it starts to weaken. This ultimately means your hearing aids become less effective as even when you are wearing them your brain will find it harder to deal with the sounds streaming in.

For more help and advice about your hearing loss, ask Florida’s leading Audiologist, Dr Michelle. With her help you can look forward to taking in all the sounds of 2019 and every year thereafter.

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Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D

Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D., is Florida’s leading doctor of audiology and has over 25 years of experience in this dynamic industry. Before setting up her own business in Florida & Central America, she served as a pediatric audiologist and rehabilitative services manager at the Miami Children’s Hospital. She has worked with patients of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds during her long and diverse career, and she is still heavily involved in international humanitarian projects, helping hearing-impaired children globally.