Celebrating New Year’s? Protect Your Hearing and Voice
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
Noisemakers, fireworks, excited vocalizations, refreshing cocktails and a bit of champagne are all part of the year-end celebration, but “ringing in the New Year” should not refer to a continuous noise in your ears. Fortunately, you can enjoy the last night of 2017 while protecting your hearing and voice.
Loud Noises and Your Hearing
Loud noises may cause permanent damage to your hearing. This includes isolated incidents, such as standing too close to firework displays or being exposed to loud noises over a prolonged period, such as spending hours in a nightclub that is playing your favorite dance music. Earplugs help protect your hearing, and you can find styles that are inconspicuous and comfortable.
Sharing Your Excitement
Many of us show our excitement by yelling, screaming and making other sounds that strain our vocal chords. You may even decide to exuberantly sing along with the crowd as the New Year arrives. This may result in a bit of hoarseness and a sore throat the following day, or you may cause permanent damage if you push too hard or for too long. As you celebrate the arrival of 2018, make sure that you do not attempt to push your voice beyond the natural range.
Understand How Alcohol Affects Your Voice
Alcohol is a depressant that relaxes your muscles, including those that are used for your voice. As a result, you may have a more limited range when you consume those lovely cocktails and toast to the New Year. Your throat may also be dry after you have a few glasses of champagne. Paying attention to the changes in your voice and drinking plenty of water helps to prevent overuse and to strain your vocal chords.
Experiencing Problems with Your Hearing and Voice? Contact ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas.
If you are experiencing problems with your hearing or voice or would like to learn more about hearing tests, allergy treatment, obstructive sleep apnea and our other services, contact ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas. Our offices are conveniently located in McKinney, Allen and Plano, Texas, and you can contact us directly at (972) 984-1050.
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