Starting to live a healthier, happier life doesn’t have to wait until the ball drops — and doesn’t have to take all the festive out of your fun. We’ve made it easy to make better choices by giving you ideas and inspiration for each month of the holiday season. Here’s to your best-hearing holiday yet!
November: Acquire a Taste for Hearing Health
Celebrations are abundant this time of year, so it’s no surprise that one way to work toward a healthier and, therefore, happier holiday is through what we eat. To celebrate, we’ve whipped up some simple ways to satisfy both your hunger and your hearing health.
Found in fish and seafood, these “good” fats have been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and may help maintain cochlear blood flow.How to get it:A 3-ounce serving of cooked wild salmon offers 1,500 mg of omega-3.
Recent studies have found that noise exposure damages sensory cells by creating free radicals — damaging molecules known to cause cell death. This damage to the sensory cells can be prevented by consuming antioxidants.How to get it:Scientists have calculated that the antioxidant power of the apple is equal to more than 1,500 mg of vitamin C.
This B9 vitamin is proven to help prevent high-frequency hearing loss.How to get it:A serving of 5 spears of cooked asparagus provides 100 mg of folate.
Magnesium has been used as a treatment for both temporary and permanent noise-induced hearing loss.How to get it:A 1-ounce serving of dryroasted almonds has 80 mg of magnesium.
This keeps free radicals in check and strengthens your overall immune system, thus reducing the risk of ear infections.How to get it:A 1-cup serving of Brussels sprouts contains 75 mg of vitamin C.
December: Stay in Touch
From parties to dinners, musicals to musings, this is a busy time of year! Sometimes our hearing loss can discourage us a bit when filling our social calendars — but not this year! Stay connected with these tips and tricks:
- Staying in touch: Check out CaptionCall®. This free assistive technology service helps with landline phone conversations by clearly displaying the spoken words of the individual you’re talking to — instantly. Ask us how you can get CaptionCall in your home today!
- From choirs to carolers: Today’s hearing instruments also offer telecoils, perfect for connecting wirelessly at theaters, churches, or other buildings that are looped, providing a degree of clarity far beyond what is possible with hearing aids alone.
- Dinners, parties, and dinner parties: Background noise can be quite the rascal at social events. Help minimize the noise and make the most of the memories by asking the host to turn down the tunes, having a buddy who can help repeat things if needed, and looking for a quieter spot in the venue.
January: Resolve to Keep Your Resolutions
Around this time, we reflect on the past year and all we accomplished, as well as what next year can bring. Need some ideas? Some of the most popular resolutions can help your hearing too!
- Losing weight: Weight gain is associated with ailments like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension; all of these are related to an increase in the risk for hearing loss.
- Quitting smoking: Those who smoke a pack a day for 40 years are 1.27 times more likely to have a hearing loss than those who smoke a pack a day for only 10 years.
- Reducing drinking: High alcohol consumption over a long period of time can lead to damage of the central auditory cortex of the brain, which causes brain shrinkage. The auditory nerve is responsible for transferring sounds from the cochlea (the organ that translates sound into nerve impulses) to the brain.
Like with any good habit, we know why we should do it, but how to do it is a crucial element of success that we can miss. Here are tips and tricks to setting, implementing, and keeping your New Year’s resolutions all year long.
- Less is more: Be realistic with your goals — you’re more likely to succeed and feel good about yourself, increasing your desire to continue on the path.
- Be specific: “Make sure to set yourself up for success by creating goals that are realistic and achievable in the given time frame,” states Ashley Feinstein, a certified professional coach, in an article for Forbes.
- Think small: What steps can you take now that will help you get to where you want to be?
- Change can only happen with change:It may seem obvious, but unless you truly start to change your habits and make choices that support those changes, you won’t make sustainable progress.
- Write out your goals: Put your goals in a place where you’ll see them daily; “out of sight, out of mind” is very true for goal setting!
- Believe in yourself — we do! The fact that you’ve set a goal has you much closer to achieving it than those who don’t set them at all. You’re on the right track!