How a Healthy Lifestyle Can Still Damage Your Hearing

Grandma and grandson are cooking healthy food together in the kitchen to prevent hearing loss.

It’s not always straight forward to make healthy decisions. We can oftentimes overcome our reluctance by reminding ourselves what is good for us. But what if some of the things you’ve been doing for your health are harming your hearing? Actually it’s more common than you would imagine.

Daily Health Practices

When you go out, you want others to notice how good you appear, and how well you take care of yourself. Probably brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and maybe cleaning your ears is a normal practice.

It can be irritating when a small trickle of earwax increases over time. Earwax does need to be extracted from time to time, in spite of the fact that it does have several necessary purposes. The risk of hearing damage doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the means you use to get rid of it.

Cotton swabs are depicted as the tool-of-choice for earwax elimination, but if you’re doing this, you need to stop right away. Irreversible injury can be done by using cotton swabs to get rid of your earwax. Speaking with a hearing health provider would be your best bet. It’s a standard and easy solution for them to remove the wax and you can rest assured that your hearing is safe.

Your Workout Habits

Staying physically fit is the best way to look and feel your best. Exercising can help get your blood flowing, relax your muscles, help you lose weight and clear your mind, all of which are great for your hearing. The problem is people don’t always execute their workouts perfectly.

Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your endurance. While that may help you to build your muscle, if you’re engaging in these kinds of exercises you may possibly be stressing your body and your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. The result? Balance and hearing issues.

Of course, this isn’t an excuse to give up your workout! The important factor is correct workout technique. When exercising try not to strain or hold in your breath. When your limit has been reached, discontinue.

Your Successful Career

Having a successful career usually means having a lot of stress. While working hard to achieve career success is great, research shows that the pressure that accompanies it can be damaging to your health.

Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, stress also can lead to hearing loss. Poor circulation caused by stress is actually the issue. When you have poor circulation the delicate hairs in your ears don’t get the blood flow and oxygen they need. These hairs don’t grow back. When they’re dead, they’re gone. Why do they matter? Your brain uses them to hear. In other words, without those hairs, you can not hear.

But don’t think your job has to cost you your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use strategies to minimize strain. It is necessary to take time away from a tense situation. Reading or watching something funny is helpful. Stress can be naturally relieved with humor.

Enjoying the Arts

Exposing your mind to all forms of art is a healthy practice. However, there’s a difference for your ears whether you’re going to an art gallery or visiting the movies.

The volume of movies and live music is often much louder than you believe. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.

The solution to this one is simple. Make certain you protect your ears if you are planning on attending a loud event. While you wouldn’t wear large earmuffs at an opera, you might use small discreet in-ear noise reduction devices instead.

Like with anything else, being informed and prepared will help to protect. If you’re worried, you may have already experienced hearing loss from one of these activities, schedule a hearing test with a expert. Thats the only reliable way of knowing for sure.

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