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Avoiding Ear, Nose and Throat Issues at New Year’s

Not only is the new year coming up, but it’s a whole new decade. It makes us think about the possibilities for our lives over the course of the next 10 years. But to prepare for that, many of us will be celebrating at the New Year’s Eve parties. And depending on how good or bad the last decade was, we might be partying a little too hard. Avoiding Ear, Nose and Throat issues at the New Year’s Party is easier said than done, but completely doable.

You’ll make your New Year’s resolutions and hopefully stick to them this time. But what if you made easily manageable resolutions and started on them early?

Let me explain.

Have you suffered from chronic sinusitis or bad allergies year-to-year? Dealing with hearing loss or tinnitus? Struggling to get a good night’s rest?

What if we could start working on those things now? We actually can. The first step is watching what we do at these parties. For instance, some activities might affect our hearing while certain foods and drinks affect our sinuses.

Let’s take a look:

Avoid overexposure to fireworks

Going to a party that has fireworks or attending an event where there’s a major display? That’s great! But make sure your ears are protecting this year. To make sure you have great hearing in the 2020s, bring some hearing protection with you. That could be as simple as the inexpensive earplugs from any drugstore. Another tip is to stand a good distance back from the fireworks display as to not create hearing damage.

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Get some sleep

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It’s expected to be out late after the New Year’s Eve party, but how late is too late? Although many people do have New Year’s Day off from work, not everyone does. I’m not saying to not have fun and stay out. I’m saying that it shouldn’t become a habit. Sleep is more important to our health than many know. If you’re waking up in the morning feeling tired or waking up in the middle of the night, you might have a sleep disorder.

Avoid the dairy

When you think New Year’s Eve party, you probably don’t think about dairy products all that much. But for those who have regular sinus issues, it can be a real problem. For one, eggnog is still around through the beginning of the new year, so if you can’t resist just make sure to keep things in moderation. Other dairy products include cheese-related products like cheese dip and pizza. Also be aware that many desserts have dairy in them as well.

Avoid alcohol

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If you didn’t quit reading this article when seeing this header then you’ll see where I’m going with this. New Year’s Eve is all about celebration, especially with alcohol. Not only is it dangerous to drink and drive, but drinking too much alcohol can lead to hearing loss, tinnitus, and dizziness. According to healthyhearing.com, alcoholism can lead to issues understanding low-frequency sound. I’m not suggesting to avoid any alcohol whatsoever. A glass of champagne is okay. But moderation is the key here.

If you struggle with ear, nose and throat issues on a regular basis, make sure to prepare yourself for the New Year’s Eve festivities. Avoiding ear, nose and throat issues at New Year’s is definitely possible. And after the New Year’s, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for all of your ear, nose and throat needs. For same-day and Saturday appointments, call 770-740-1860. For more information on the ENT Institute, fill out the form at the top of the page.

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