How a Healthy Lifestyle Can Still Harm Your Hearing

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

Healthy decisions are not always easy. Usually, we’re able to overcome our hesitation by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” But is it possible that our health procedures may actually harm our ears? It occurs more frequently than you would suspect.

Your Hygiene Program

How healthy you look and how well you keep up yourself matters to you. Combing your hair, brushing your teeth, and usually cleaning your ears is, for most, a typical practice.

It can be irritating when a small trickle of earwax accumulates over time. Earwax does have several very important functions, in spite of that, it does need to be eliminated now and then. The means you use to clear away earwax determines the potential harm.

Cotton swabs are depicted as the tool-of-choice for earwax removal, but if you’re doing this, you need to stop right now. Removing your earwax with a cotton swab can cause permanent damage to your ears and hearing. Contacting a hearing health provider would be your best bet. It’s easy and safe for them to clear away the earwax for you.

Your Workout Program

The best way to look healthy and feel good is to stay in shape. Working out 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 problem is people don’t always do their workouts properly.

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

That doesn’t mean that you should quit working out. Improper workout methods can lead to trouble. Don’t hold your breath and avoid straining when you’re at the gym. Discontinue when you have reached your limit.

Your Prospering Career

Having a successful career usually means having a lot of stress. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional success is a great thing, the high levels of strain can cause health concerns.

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. When the hairs in your ear die, they won’t grow back. Why do they matter? Your brain uses them to hear. 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. Finding ways of decreasing stress can help blood flow. Taking breaks from tense situations is a must. If you have time, read or watch something humorous. When you laugh, you naturally shake off your strain.

Enjoying the Arts

Being exposed to the arts is definitely good for your mind. 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 suspect. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is damaging our hearing. Unfortunately it may possibly be.

You can easily solve this problem. If you’re planning to attend a potentially loud event, grab some ear protection. While you wouldn’t wear large earmuffs at an opera, you could use small discreet in-ear noise reduction devices instead.

Being prepared and informed is always the best protection. If you’re worried, you may have already experienced hearing loss from one of these activities, schedule a hearing test with a specialist. That’s the only reliable way of knowing for certain.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Schedule an appointment to see if hearing aids could benefit you.