Healthy Living Might Still Damage Your Hearing

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

Healthy decisions are not always simple. Usually our reluctance can be conquered if we remind ourselves what is good for us. 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 suspect.

Daily Health Routines

How healthy you look and how well you maintain yourself matters to you. Like most people, you most likely put on something sharp, brush your teeth, comb your hair, and possibly, clean your ears.

That trickle of earwax which collects with time can certainly be irritating. Earwax does need to be extracted from time to time, despite the fact that it does have numerous imperative purposes. The method you use to get rid of earwax determines the potential harm.

If you are using cotton swabs you should stop as these are not the proper tool for the job. Permanent damage can be done by using cotton swabs to clear away your earwax. The better choice would be to consult a hearing expert for help. It’s easy and safe for them to get rid of the earwax for you.

Your Exercise Practices

The best way to look healthy and feel good is to stay in shape. Relaxing your muscles, getting the blood flowing, losing weight, and clearing your mind, are all benefits of exercising. But workouts performed incorrectly are the problem.

It’s becoming more prevalent to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. Engaging in these kinds of workouts, while building muscle, may also be harming your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the strain. Resulting in balance and hearing problems.

Of course, this isn’t an excuse to give up your workout! The important factor is correct workout technique. Don’t hold your breath and avoid stressing when you’re at the gym. Stop when you have come to your limit.

Your Prospering Career

Strain goes with a prospering career. While working hard to achieve career accomplishment is great, high strain levels can impact your health.

Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, strain also can lead to hearing loss. Stress itself isn’t the issue; it’s that stress causes poor blood circulation. Poor circulation means that important parts of your body, like the delicate hairs in your ears, don’t get the supply of blood and oxygen they need. When the hairs in your ear die, they won’t grow back. Why do they matter? Those hairs are how your brain senses sound waves. So without having them you might not hear.

However, you can keep your career and your hearing. Simple tactics for decreasing stress can be used to keep the blood flowing. If you’re finding yourself stressed out, take a break. If you have time, read or watch something funny. When you laugh, you naturally shake off your stress.

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 frequently much louder than you imagine. 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.

This is easily solved. 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 safeguard is being prepared and informed. If you fear that participation in a high volume activity has already damaged your hearing, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist. Only then will you know for certain.

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