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? It occurs more frequently than you would suspect.

Daily Health Practices

You care about the way you look to others when out and about. More than likely brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and maybe cleaning your ears is a basic practice.

That trickle of earwax which builds up with time can certainly be irritating. Earwax does have several necessary purposes, despite that, it does need to be extracted now and then. The risk of hearing damage doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the system you use to remove it.

If you are using cotton swabs you should discontinue as these are not the proper tool for the job. Eliminating your earwax with a cotton swab can cause permanent harm to your ears and hearing. The better choice would be to consult a hearing expert for help. It’s straight forward and safe for them to remove the earwax for you.

Your Exercise Habits

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. The concern is people don’t always perform their workouts correctly.

High impact workouts that push your cardio stamina are becoming more prominent. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually strain your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. Balance and hearing issues can be the result.

Of course, this isn’t an excuse to give up your workout! Improper workout methods can lead to trouble. When exercising try not to strain or hold in your breath. If you feel like you’ve reached your limit, quit.

Your Prospering Career

Having a successful career commonly means having a lot of stress. While working hard to achieve career accomplishment is great, high stress levels can impact 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? Poor circulation caused by strain is actually the issue. Poor circulation means that essential 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 are these little hairs important? Your brain uses them to hear. Because without having them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.

However, you can keep your career and your hearing. Finding ways of decreasing strain can help blood flow. It is necessary to take time away from a tense situation. Reading or watching something funny is helpful. Humor is a natural stress relief.

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.

We frequently underestimate how loud going to the movies or attending a concert can be. 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. Be certain to plan for ear protection before 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.

As usual the best protection 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. Thats the only reliable way of knowing for sure.

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