Instead of new year’s resolutions, let’s make conscious new year’s decisions. Decide to consciously protect the hearing, sight, and skin you now have. I’m not just talking wearing UV protective sunglasses, earplugs in noise, or sunblock. “Police” your body. I am suggesting:
A. Get your sight, hearing and skin checked every year to avoid problems and catch any early.
B. Notice during the year, any changes in sight, hearing, or skin areas.
C. Be your own best advocate. Recognize a problem, don’t be in denial. Learn what you can do about it. Give yourself these opportunities, rather than risks:
D. Wear protective clothing when going out.
E. Use a decibel indicator on your smartphone. If too noisy, don’t enter. If you wear hearing aid(s) or a cochlear implant, turn them off. In noisy environments we can’t avoid, wear noise protection, earmuffs, or earplugs. This will also protect against tinnitus.
F. For any prescription or any OTC drugs, check side effects that may harm your eyesight or hearing. Drugs (OTC and Rx) and chemical solvents are considered the second most often cause of hearing loss.
G. Wear a hat when going outside, not just a ballcap. A hat with a brim around your head will help by providing shade, and helps you hear better! The hat brim will bring in the sound, keep out the noise, and I find it helps me focus better on the speaker, becoming a better listener.
Make these decisions, don’t take them lightly, make them habits. Pass them along to others, too, share the “why”. You get smarter, they get smarter, everyone gets protected. Police your body by protecting your skin, eyes, and ears.