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

Often it’s not straight forward to make healthy decisions. 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 imagine.

Your Hygiene Practice

When you go out, you want others to notice how good you appear, and how well you take care of yourself. More than likely brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and maybe cleaning your ears is a normal practice.

Over time an aggravating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Despite earwax having numerous important functions in your ear, it does have to be eliminated from time to time. However, there are some techniques for cleaning out earwax which can be damaging.

Cotton swabs are portrayed as the tool-of-choice for earwax removal, but if you’re doing this, you need to discontinue right away. Irreversible harm can be done by using cotton swabs to get rid of your earwax. Instead, see a hearing healthcare specialist and ask for guidance. It’s a normal and easy solution for them to remove the wax and you can rest assured that your hearing is safe.

Your Exercise Procedures

The best way to look healthy and feel good is to stay in shape. The benefits of working out are that it gets your blood flowing, clears your mind, helps you lose weight, and relaxes your muscles. The problem stems from incorrectly practiced workouts.

High impact workouts that push your cardio stamina are becoming more popular. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually stress your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. The result? Balance and hearing concerns.

That doesn’t mean that you should quit exercising. You just need to make certain you’re doing it right. When exercising try not to strain or hold in your breath. If you feel like you’ve come to your limit, discontinue.

Your Successful Career

Strain goes with a prospering career. While working hard to achieve career accomplishment is great, the high levels of strain can cause health problems.

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 stress is actually the issue. 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. In other words, without those hairs, you can not hear.

However, you can keep your career and your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use strategies to reduce strain. Taking breaks from aggravating situations is a must. 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 commonly much louder than you think. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. The sad truth is that it very well may be.

The solution to this one is easy. If you’re planning to attend a potentially loud event, grab some ear protection. 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.

Like with anything else, being informed and prepared will help to protect. Schedule a hearing test with a specialist if you believe you may have already experienced hearing damage from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for certain.

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