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New Year, New You: 8 Better-Hearing Resolutions to Kick Off 2018!

From getting healthier, saving money, and living life to the fullest to embracing technology,
exploring new places, and letting loved ones pitch in, we’re taking New Year’s resolutions to the
next level with eight ideas to support your hearing health and quality of life.
Here’s to making 2018 the best year yet!

Getting Fit
It’s no secret that obesity can raise the risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious
health problems, but did you know it’s linked to hearing impairment, too? Resolving to
get even healthier and more fit in 2018 helps reduce the risk of excess weight, a problem that
can tax your hearing and impact overall wellness.

Ditching Tobacco
Smoking, the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the U.S. and the culprit behind most lung
cancer cases, can also increase the chances of developing a hearing impairment. Resolving
to quit smoking and live tobacco-free puts you ahead of the pack for your hearing, your lungs,
your heart, and your general good health.

Embracing Technology
Today’s tech can turn any alerting sound into a visual or vibratory cue, allowing doorbells,
smoke alarms, and more to alert using flashing lights or vibrations. Smartphones can stream
audio directly to hearing aids and may also caption videos or flash visual alerts for incoming
calls. Another innovation: We even have hearing technology compatible with telehealth care.

Trying Something New
Trouble hearing telephone conversations? You may qualify for a captioning telephone, a
landline phone that shows the spoken words of the person you’re talking to. It’s free if a qualified
hearing care professional certifies your hearing loss and need for the phone, and it works with
hearing aids. All you need is a standard phone line and an Internet connection.

Exploring Fresh Destinations
Make this your year to discover a new favorite place! If you’re traveling well beyond your local
area, check with us to find an AGXchange practice near your destination. If a practice is part of
the program, you can see them while traveling at no extra cost. Now, that’s peace of mind.

Letting Friends Pitch In
When it comes to getting by with a little help from friends, the Beatles had it right. Bringing your
best friend or another companion to your hearing care appointments means an extra set of ears
and eyes, as well as an additional perspective that can make a difference in understanding how
listening difficulties affect you and your loved ones and matching the right solutions to your
needs.

Maximizing Your Income
Don’t let hearing difficulties come between you and your money. Untreated hearing impairment
can reduce annual household earnings by as much as $30,000, according to one study,
but using hearing aids can curb the chance of income loss by up to 100
percent — depending on the degree of impairment.

Living Life to the Fullest
Hearing technology changes lives. A majority of hearing aid users in one study by the National
Council on Aging credited treatment for better relationships at home, and
half or nearly half reported improvement in feelings about themselves and improvement in life
overall. Just another reminder of how keeping your hearing at its best can help you live your
best.

At Best Hearing San Diego, we’re here to help you and your loved ones achieve your hearing-health
resolutions. Call us today for more tips on hearing better in the new year!

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