It’s that time of year again…all the food, friends, family, and fun are reaching their culmination in just a couple of days. If you haven’t already, you will probably start giving some thought to your resolutions for the new year. This ‘resolution’ thing keeps coming up every year so it got me to thinking about the history behind the New Year’s Resolution.

According to Wikipedia, “a New Year’s Resolution is a secular tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the eastern hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s day.”

I suppose you could also choose to do something really nice (versus just slightly nice).

New Year Resolution List 1A little more research reveals that the top 12 resolutions for 2015 according to the US Government are:

  • Lose weight

  • Volunteer more

  • Quit smoking

  • Get an education

  • Get a better job

  • Save money

  • Get fit

  • Eat healthy food

  • Manage stress

  • Take a trip

  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle

  • Drink less alcohol

Wonder who they polled to get this information? And, who paid for this?

This is really cool though…six of those resolutions, when adopted, may lead to better hearing and ear health. Really?? Really, really……read on, my friend.

Lose Weight: “Researchers tracked more than 68,000 women participating in the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study. Every two years from 1989 to 2009, the women answered detailed questions about their health and daily habits. In 2009, they were asked if they’d experienced hearing loss, and, if so, at what age.” Read the full article here.

Quit Smoking: “Smokers are nearly 70% more likely than non-smokers to suffer hearing loss, according to a study including more than 3,000 people. Another study found otherwise, absolving cigarettes from blame in hearing loss.” Read the full article here.

Get Fit: “If we are to be proponents of the idea that better hearing leads to better health, then we should also recognize that a more fit body can positively impact hearing.” Read the full article here.

Eat Healthy Food: “Current thinking has us believe that age-related hearing loss is an inevitable consequence of getting older, but is it really? Hundreds of studies from around the world show severe vitamin deficiencies in those with hearing loss. Even more importantly replacing the missing vitamins improved the hearing loss in vast numbers of people, making hearing loss simply another one of many age-related problems preventable with good nutrition.” Read the full article here.

Manage Stress: “Sudden hearing loss (SHL) and tinnitus (TIN) are closely related. They occur together in 60-90% of cases [1-4]. Their pathophysiological features, the assumptions concerning their pathogenesis, and their medical treatment are rather similar [5-8]. Quite a number of experts and laymen believe that the onset of SHL and TIN is mediated by stress. Popular as this notion is, it has not been subjected to very much empirical investigation.” Read the full article here.

Drink Less Alcohol: Studies have shown that high alcohol consumption over a long period of time can result in damage to the central auditory cortex of the brain and may lead to brain shrinkage. Because the damage to the auditory nerves adds up, even moderate drinkers may risk nerve damage and hearing loss.” Read the full article here.

There you have it. Fifty percent of the top New Year’s Resolutions are loosely related to hearing loss (or the prevention of such).

So whether you already have your list written or you’ll get to it soon, here’s to a fabulous 2015 full of prosperity, positive human interactions, and a healthy mind and body! Cheers from the crew at And if you or anyone you know needs more information on better hearing or hearing instruments give us a call at 855-444-3272 (a real person answers the phone) or use our contact page (a real person answers emails, too).

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