When it comes to your hearing health, there’s a lot you can do to help keep your hearing at the optimum level for your age group, as well as support healthy hearing levels as you go about your day-to-day life. And while you may not think about your ears as much as you do your eyes or your teeth, they’re a crucial part of a regular health checkup that often goes ignored!

And that’s something we’re looking to change. Here at Sound Choice Hearing, we know how important it is to find and address hearing loss as it happens to help you manage to live with it. As such, we’ve listed three great ways to support your hearing health below to make your journey to healthy ears and hearing a much more convenient one.

Keep the noise down

Of course, the first healthy change to make to support your hearing loss needs is to try and wind down the amount of noise in your life. If you’re someone who works in a loud line of work, such as on a construction site or workshop, or even if you work in a theater, you’re going to need to actively cut out as many other sources of loud noise as you possibly can.

If you like listening to things over your headphones, try to keep the volume at about 60 decibels and no higher than 85. It’s also a good idea to use earplugs when you sleep, or when you’re experiencing a busy day at work, or at any other time when you want to try and cut out the amount of noise you’re experiencing.

You may also want to dedicate a portion of your home to be a ‘quiet space’, where no technology or machinery is used to up the volume level. Via the use of sound paneling on your walls, as well as plenty of soft furnishings, this can be a budget-friendly thing to achieve.

Change your diet

Even when you’re already using an ITE or BTE hearing aid, a hearing instrument specialist should also conduct you to think about what you eat, as many goods can actually promote good hearing health. And there’s a good chance you’re not getting enough of them at the moment; thankfully, these foods are all packed with flavor, so it won’t be hard to incorporate them into your meals.

The number one superfood for promoting hearing health is bananas, as they contain three of the best minerals for hearing: magnesium, potassium, and folate. Similar foods such as avocados are good sources of magnesium and potassium, and even a few squares of dark chocolate every now and then can be good for your ears!

You may also want to incorporate more dairy products, such as eggs, into your diet, as they contain zinc. This mineral has been found to help ward off age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) and is great for dealing with ear infections as well. And don’t forget to include some more fatty fish into your diet as well, as the Omega-3 contained in these can also help to delay presbycusis as you get older.

Talk to a hearing instrument specialist

Finally, make sure you’re regularly booking in to get your hearing checked by a specialist, as this is the best way to catch signs of hearing loss early on and address the symptoms you’re living with in a productive way. For adults between the ages of 18-40, this is usually recommended to be every three years. For those over that age, or those who consistently work around loud noises (such as construction workers), once a year is a good time frame.

Because hearing loss can happen at any age, and it’s a good idea to always keep the health of your ears in mind as we become more and more accustomed to loud noises in day-to-day life. And even when you go out of your way to reduce noise levels, prolonged, loud sounds can still occur at a regular pace, such as the noise of traffic outside, fire and other alarms, and blaring music coming through the wall from a neighbor’s house.

So, be sure to contact us here at Sound Choice Hearing on (505) 565-7960, to make an appointment to get your ears tested, as well as receive plenty of advice for promoting your healthy ears as you go forward in life. We’re here to help and support your hearing health!