Can a Healthy Lifestyle Still Damage Your Ears?

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

Usually it’s not straight forward to make healthy choices. We can oftentimes overcome our hesitation 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? It happens more commonly than you would think.

Your Hygiene Habits

You care about the way you look to people when out and about. Like most everyone, you probably put on something sharp, brush your teeth, comb your hair, and maybe, clean your ears.

Over time an aggravating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does need to be eliminated from time to time, despite the fact that it does have quite a few necessary uses. The technique you use to clear away earwax determines the potential damage.

Cotton swabs are depicted as the tool-of-choice for earwax removal, but if you’re doing this, you need to quit right away. Irreversible injury can be done by using cotton swabs to remove your earwax. Consulting a hearing health provider would be your best bet. It’s simple and safe for them to clear away the earwax for you.

Your Exercise Procedures

Staying physically fit is the best way to look and feel your best. Relaxing your muscles, getting the blood flowing, losing weight, and clearing your mind, are all benefits of exercising. The problem is people don’t always execute their workouts properly.

Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your endurance. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually stress 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 troubles.

This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. The important factor is correct workout technique. Avoid strain and don’t hold your breath while exercising. If you feel like you’ve reached your limit, discontinue.

Your Successful Career

Strain goes with a successful career. While working hard to achieve career accomplishment is great, the high levels of stress can cause health troubles.

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. When the hairs in your ear die, they won’t grow back. Why do they matter? Your brain uses them to hear. In other words, without having those hairs, you can not hear.

Your career doesn’t have to cost you your hearing though. Finding ways of reducing stress can help blood flow. 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. Unfortunately it might be.

You can easily solve this concern. Make certain you protect your ears if you are planning on 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 defense 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 expert. Thats the only reliable way of knowing for sure.

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