For most people, a new year is all about setting goals and creating healthier habits for the year ahead. But have you ever thought about your hearing health?

Our new year resolutions are generally full of healthier eating, exercising or being more mindful. Yet one aspect that is often overlooked is our hearing health. Noise is all around us, yet many of us fail to recognise the impact these sounds can have on our hearing, potentially causing permanent damage.

Fortunately, there are many things we can do to prevent hearing damage and protect our hearing health. Here are 5 healthy hearing habits your future self will thank you for:

  • Turn it down!

We are all guilty of listening to our music a little too loud. However, if you’re looking to protect your hearing health, it’s time to watch the volume. Don’t forget, it’s also important to take regular listening breaks to ensure your brain and ears have adequate time to recover.

  • Invest in personalised headphones

Audeara’s A-02 Headphones use an algorithm that tailors sound to each ear and matches your unique hearing profile - making them the ultimate listening device for your hearing health. These innovative headphones are perfect for hearing loss or sensory challenges, musicians, or anyone who wants to experience better sound quality without risking further damage to their hearing. Find your local Audeara stockist here.

  • Use hearing protection

From mowing the lawn at home, power tools at work, or going out to concerts and festivals, exposure to loud noises is one of the leading causes of hearing loss. That’s why this year ear plugs or mufflers are our best accessories! Although there is some debate about which are the most effective, the best hearing protection is the one you have available and will actually wear.

  • Don't put anything smaller than your elbow into your ears

This includes cotton ear buds! Despite common misconception, our ears don’t need to be regularly cleaned. In fact, the wax in our ear canals works to protect our delicate middle and inner ear structures. Chat with your doctor or find an audiologist if your ears feel blocked or itchy or if you have any other concerns.

  • Know the signs and symptoms

Check in with yourself! Looking out for the early signs of hearing loss is a key step to prevention.  Early changes to our hearing can include difficulty hearing conversations with background noise or trouble hearing the TV. The earlier you access intervention and support, the less impact it is likely to have on your long term quality of life. 

  • Check your hearing!

Even if we know what to look out for, changes to our hearing are usually so gradual we don’t even notice. That’s why it’s important to have our hearing checked regularly. The Audeara app and A-02 Headphones can be used as a screening tool for hearing damage, with the added benefit of personalised sound, allowing you to listen to your favourite tunes safer, for longer.

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