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

It’s not always straight forward to make healthy decisions. Usually our hesitation 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’s more likely than you’d suspect.

Daily Health Practices

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

It can be bothersome when a small trickle of earwax builds up with time. Despite earwax having quite a few very important purposes in your ear, it does have to be cleared from time to time. The method you use to clear away earwax determines the potential harm.

Cotton swabs can be damaging and should not be used at all. Permanent harm can be done by using cotton swabs to take out your earwax. Consulting a hearing health provider would be your best bet. Removing Earwax is a basic solution for them.

Your Exercise Procedures

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. But workouts performed incorrectly are the concern.

Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your stamina. While that may help you to build your muscle, if you’re participating in these kinds of exercises you might be straining your body and your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. Resulting in balance and hearing problems.

That doesn’t mean that you should quit exercising. The important factor is correct workout technique. Don’t hold your breath and avoid stressing when you’re at the gym. If you feel like you’ve reached your limit, stop.

Your Successful Career

Stress goes with a prospering career. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, 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? The issue is actually the poor blood flow caused by strain. 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? Your brain uses them to hear. Because without them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.

But don’t believe your job has to cost you your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use strategies to reduce strain. Taking breaks from tense situations is a must. Reading or watching something funny is helpful. When you laugh, you naturally shake off your stress.

Enjoying the Arts

It’s certainly healthy for your mind to be exposed to the arts regardless of what form they come in! But different forms of art have different levels of impact on hearing.

The volume of movies and live music is usually much louder than you imagine. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. Unfortunately it may possibly be.

This is easily solved. Be sure 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 defense is being prepared and informed. Schedule a hearing test with a expert if you imagine you may have already experienced hearing injuries from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for certain.

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