International Deafblind week serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by individuals with dual sensory loss, and at Kingsbridge Opticians and Hearing Care we believe it is important to share some proactive steps for maintaining healthy hearing and vision.

Understanding the Importance of Preventive Measures

By adopting preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing hearing or visual impairments later in life. Taking proactive steps towards sensory health can enhance your overall well-being and quality of life. So, let’s dive into some preventive measures you can embrace today.

  1. Regular Hearing and Eye Tests – Just as you visit your dentist for regular check-ups, checking your hearing and booking eye tests is equally important. These tests can detect early signs of potential issues, allowing for timely intervention. If you are experiencing problems with your hearing, why not try out our online hearing screener here.
  2. Protecting Your Ears and Eyes – Exposure to loud noises can cause irreversible damage to your hearing, while harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can harm your eyes. Wear ear protection, such as earmuffs or earplugs, in noisy environments, and don’t forget to shield your eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses or safety goggles when necessary. 
  3. Healthy Listening Habits – Listening to loud music through headphones or attending noisy events without proper protection can lead to noise-induced hearing loss. Limit the volume to a safe level and choose noise-cancelling headphones to reduce background noise. 
  4. Maintain Eye Health – To maintain good eye health, adopt healthy habits like eating a nutritious diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Protect your eyes from digital strain by taking regular breaks from screens, using the 20-20-20 rule (looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes). 
  5. Staying Active and Engaged – Engaging in physical activities can improve blood circulation, benefiting both your hearing and vision health. Regular exercise promotes healthy blood flow to the sensory organs, supporting their overall well-being. Furthermore, staying mentally engaged by challenging your senses through activities like puzzles, reading, and social interactions can help maintain cognitive function and support your sensory health.

International Deafblind Week serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by individuals with dual sensory loss. By integrating preventive measures into your lifestyle, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing hearing or visual impairments. 

At Kingsbridge Opticians we provide eye examinations to intervene with any issues before they arise and remember to try out our online hearing screener before booking a full hearing assessment with Kingsbridge Hearing Care.

Book an appointment at you nearest location today:

Kingsbridge Opticians 

  • Belfast | 028 9066 7030
  • Donaghadee | 028 9188 4188
  • Newtownabbey | 028 9085 9900

Kingsbridge Hearing Care

  • Belfast | 028 9066 7030
  • Ballykelly | 028 7707 6050
  • Donaghadee | 028 9188 4188
  • Holywood | 028 9085 9900
  • Newtownabbey | 028 9085 9900