Celebrate Your Hearing!

Hearing loss is often neglected for years at a time. This is mainly due to the gradual decrease in your ability to hear. Hearing Health is very important to your overall health and wellness. Celebrate your hearing by doing the following:

1. Schedule a hearing exam: It’s important to get your hearing checked regularly—just like you would get your teeth cleaned or eyes examined. If you haven’t had a screening in more than a year, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Visit us
to set up your In-home appointment!

2. Educate yourself: There is a lot to learn about hearing loss and communication disorders, and one of the first steps to spreading awareness is to educate yourself! There are plenty of resources online that can get you started. Learn the
of hearing loss.

3. Get hearing protection: Do you ever go to concerts, watch fireworks, or use power tools? Then you should be using hearing protection! It’s important to remember that exposure to noise more than 85 decibels can cause hearing damage—that’s about the decibel level of the average restaurant. Below are some extra ways to protect your ears:

  • Use earplugs around loud noises - Approximately 15% of Americans have noise-induced hearing loss because of loud work or leisure environments. Clubs, concerts, lawnmowers, chainsaws, and any other noises that force you to shout so the person next to you can hear your voice all create dangerous levels of sound.
  • Turn the volume down- If you like to enjoy music through headphones or earbuds, you can protect your ears by following the 60/60 rule. The suggestion is to listen with headphones at no more than 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.
  • Stop using cotton swabs in your ears- The ears are self-cleaning organs, and wax stops dust and other harmful particles from entering the canal. Plus, inserting anything inside your ear canals risks damaging sensitive organs like your eardrum.
  • Keep your ears dry-Excess moisture can allow bacteria to enter and attack the ear canal. This can cause swimmer's ear or other types of ear infections, which can be dangerous for your hearing ability. Be sure you gently towel-dry your ears after bathing or swimming. If you can feel water in the ear, tilt your head to the side and tug lightly on the earlobe to coax the water out.

Celebrate the sounds of your life by ensuring you can hear. Be proactive in your health. #HearingAtHomeVA Hear Better. Live Better.