- Water is Worth It! 8 to 10 cups a day will help keep your throat hydrated and vocal cords lubricated.
- Keep it Quiet! Yelling causes too much stress on the vocal cords and can cause damage leading to voice loss.
- Tot Talk – Ask your toddler open-ended questions to encourage healthy speech development.
- Have a Hard Head! Prevent language disorders caused by brain injury. Always wear a helmet when biking, skateboarding or taking part in other sports.
- It’s a Date! Schedule regular check-ups and treat ear infections immediately. Untreated infections may lead to hearing loss.
- Wear a Pair! Use ear protection such as plugs or muffs when exposed to sounds over 85 db. If you can’t hear a person talking one metre (three feet) away over the sound, it is too loud.
- Sensible Swallowing – Slowing down, sitting up straight, and sipping liquids between bites can all help with swallowing difficulties at meal time.
- Decibel Danger – Know what hurts. Normal talking is only 60 dB.
Rock Concert – 125 dB
Nightclubs – 120 dB
Ambulance Siren - 120 dB
- Read With Me! Talking, reading and playing with your child daily will promote healthy speech.
- Tone it Down! Use the 60-60 rule. When listening to headphones, keep the volume at 60 per cent of the maximum level for no more than 60 minutes a day.
- Buckle Up! Always wear a seat belt to prevent an accident that can result in brain injury.
- Mimicking Minds – Children learn sound and words by hearing and seeing them. Play with and read to your baby every day.
- Say No To Sodium! Lowering your daily sodium intake will help prevent your chance of having a stroke.
- A little R & R – Give your ears & voice a rest and seek out a quiet place. Read a book, do a crossword puzzle, and enjoy the silence.
- Swab Smart! Swab the outside of the ear only. See a physician if you think earwax is an issue.
- Take a breath – Practice good breathing techniques when singing or talking. Breathe deeply from your diaphragm.
- Leave the pack behind – Smoking irritates and dries the tissues of the throat.
- Avoid the Noise! Avoid loud noises. If you can’t, wear ear protection when at a concert or using noisy equipment.
- Healthy Habits – By preventing viruses, like the cold and flu, you will protect your throat and vocal cords.
- Proactive People – Detecting hearing problems early is important. You can take steps to prevent or reverse the damage.