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

It’s not always straight forward to make healthy choices. Usually, we’re able to conquer our hesitation 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? Actually it’s more common than you would think.

Daily Health Habits

When you go out, you want people 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 basic practice.

With time an irritating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does need to be cleaned from time to time, in spite of the fact that it does have several necessary purposes. The risk of hearing injury doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the tool you use to remove it.

If you are using cotton swabs you should discontinue as these are not the proper tool for the job. Irreparable harm can be done by using cotton swabs to take out your earwax. Getting in touch with a hearing health provider would be your best bet. It’s a normal and simple solution for them to take out the wax and you can rest assured that your hearing is safe.

Your Workout Practice

Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than to stay in shape? 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 concern stems from improperly conducted workouts.

It’s becoming more fashionable to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. Taking part in these kinds of workouts, while building muscle, may also be damaging your ears. You might not even notice it at first, but that strain can cause pressure to build up in your ears. The result? Balance and hearing issues.

This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. You just need to make certain you’re doing it right. Don’t hold your breath and avoid stressing when you’re at the gym. Quit when you have reached your limit.

Your Prospering Career

A prospering career can be stressful. 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 strain causes poor blood circulation. When you have poor blood flow 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 having them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.

But don’t suspect your job has to cost you your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use tactics to reduce stress. It is necessary to take time away from a tense situation. Reading or watching something humorous is helpful. When you laugh, you naturally shake off your strain.

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 suspect. While enjoying our favorite art form we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. Unfortunately it might be.

You can easily solve this concern. Be sure to plan for ear safeguard before attending a loud event. While you wouldn’t wear large earmuffs at an opera, you could 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 specialist. Only then will you know for sure.

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