Healthy Living Could Still Injure Your Hearing

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

Usually it’s not simple to make healthy choices. Usually, we’re able to overcome our reluctance by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” But what if some of the things you’ve been doing for your health are harming your hearing? It occurs more often than you would imagine.

Daily Health Procedures

How healthy you look and how well you maintain yourself matters to you. Combing your hair, brushing your teeth, and sometimes cleaning your ears is, for most, a normal practice.

It can be annoying when a small trickle of earwax builds up over time. Despite earwax having many essential purposes in your ear, it does have to be extracted from time to time. There are some procedures of cleaning out earwax which can be harmful.

Cotton swabs can be harmful and should not be used at all. Irreparable damage can be done by using cotton swabs to get rid of your earwax. Getting in touch with a hearing health provider would be your best bet. It’s a basic and easy procedure for them to clear away the wax and you can rest assured that your hearing is safe.

Your Exercise Practices

Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than to stay in shape? Relaxing your muscles, getting the blood flowing, losing weight, and clearing your mind, are all benefits of exercising. But workouts conducted incorrectly are the problem.

It’s becoming more prominent to do stamina testing, high impact workouts. While that may help you to build your muscle, if you’re taking part in these kinds of exercises you may possibly be stressing your body and your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the strain. Balance and hearing issues can be the result.

That doesn’t mean that you should quit working out. You just need to make certain you’re doing it right. Avoid stress and don’t hold your breath while working out. When your limit has been reached, discontinue.

Your Prospering Career

Having a prospering career often means having a lot of strain. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, research shows that the pressure that accompanies it can be harmful to your health.

Stress has been known to cause weight gain, impaired thinking, and muscle pain, but did you know it can also cause hearing loss? The issue is actually the poor blood flow caused by strain. 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 are these little hairs important? Those hairs are how your brain senses sound waves. Because without them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.

However, you can keep your career and your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use strategies to minimize stress. It is necessary to take time away from a stressful situation. If you have time, read or watch something funny. Strain can be naturally relieved with humor.

Enjoying the Arts

It’s certainly healthy for your mind to be exposed to the arts regardless of what form they come in! However, there’s a difference for your ears whether you’re going to an art gallery or visiting the movies.

Going to the movies or attending a live music event is louder than you may believe. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is damaging our hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.

The solution to this one is easy. Be sure to plan for ear protection before attending a loud event. Earmuffs may look silly at a production of Phantom of the Opera, but there are plenty of discreet in-ear noise reduction products that you can pack in your pocket.

As usual the best protection is being prepared and informed. Schedule a hearing test with a specialist if you suspect you may have already suffered hearing damage from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for sure.

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