Are you making your hearing health a priority as we jump into 2020? We asked our Cochlear Volunteers to share their top tips to promote better hearing and hearing health awareness for everyone.
As one year, and decade, comes to a close and another begins, we want to encourage everyone to focus on their hearing health to kick off 2020. There’s no better way to do that than to share our Top 20 Tips to help everyone to prioritize better hearing and their hearing health in the new year!
We asked our Cochlear U.S. & Canada Volunteers to give their top tips to anyone who is concerned about their hearing loss or their hearing health and here are the Top 20 Tips from our Cochlear Volunteers:
Top 20 Tips for 2020:
- Don’t wait to get a hearing screening! Don’t wait until your hearing loss affects your overall health in other ways. (increased risk of falling, loss of social life, etc.)
- Get your hearing tested by an audiologist. It’s important to schedule regular hearing screenings to ensure you stay on top of your care.
- Establish a relationship with your audiologist so they can develop a deep understanding of your unique hearing needs.
- Research all you can on hearing loss. Read and research everything you can get your hands on so you are informed.
- It’s important to keep your hearing stimulated so keep trying to listen, don’t isolate yourself in silence.
- Get in contact with a support group to help you on your journey.
- Schedule an appointment with an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist as well.
- If your audiologist recommends it, get a hearing aid as soon as possible to begin adjusting early and so you don’t miss out on your social life.
- Be your best advocate. Ask people to look at you when speaking and do not feel embarrassed to ask someone to repeat themselves if needed.
- Do not be ashamed or scared to get your hearing checked, if you need help get it!
- Always be open to family and friends’ concern and offers to assist if you’re having trouble hearing.
- Do repetitive listening activities. I recommend listening to audiobooks and movies, something that has a consistent voice and doesn’t change so it will help you learn to hear again.
- Do something for at least 30 minutes a day to help test your hearing and see if your hearing changes. If it does seem to be changing, then go get help!
- If you are struggling in noise or on the phone, there are accessories that might help!
- Ask for assistance with equipment and hearing assisted devices, especially from people who use the technology.
- Never hesitate to reach out to someone who has been through a similar experience as you, such as hearing loss, cochlear implant or Baha.
- If you’re having difficulties hearing, remind people they don’t have to yell but to speak more clearly and to face you as they’re speaking if you read lips.
- Go and connect with a mentor and talk to them to get advice on what to do next.
- Don’t panic! Hearing loss is very common and it’s not the end. There are solutions!
- After you get your hearing screening make sure that you continue to prioritize your hearing health and have it checked annually along with your yearly physical and vision check. It’s just as important!
Cheers to better hearing for all in 2020! Use our tips for inspiration for yourself or to share with others and make a resolution to address and spread awareness of hearing health and better hearing in the new year.
Our Clinic Finder is an easy way to find local resources to address hearing loss and hearing health. Don’t wait for another year to pass, put a hearing evaluation at the top of your 2020 list!
Better hearing in 2020 means Hearing 20/20!