Even if You Have a Healthy Lifestyle You Still May be Harming Your Ears

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

Usually it’s not easy to make healthy choices. Usually, we’re able to overcome our reluctance by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” But is it possible that our health routines may actually harm our ears? It happens more commonly than you would think.

Day To Day Health Habits

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 frequent practice.

Over time an aggravating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does have several necessary purposes, in spite of that, it does need to be cleaned now and then. There are some practices of eliminating earwax which can be dangerous.

Cotton swabs can be hazardous and should not be used at all. Irreversible harm can be done by using cotton swabs to take out your earwax. The better choice would be to contact a hearing specialist for help. It’s simple and safe for them to get rid of the earwax for you.

Your Exercise Practices

Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than to stay in shape? The benefits of exercising are that it gets your blood flowing, clears your mind, helps you lose weight, and relaxes your muscles. But workouts executed incorrectly are the concern.

High impact workouts that push your cardio endurance are becoming more popular. Participating in these kinds of workouts, while building muscle, may also be damaging your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the stress. Balance and hearing problems can be the result.

This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. 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, quit.

Your Successful Career

A successful career can be tense. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, the high levels of stress can cause health problems.

Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, strain also can lead to hearing loss. The issue is actually the poor blood flow caused by stress. 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 do they matter? Your brain uses them to hear. So without having them you may not hear.

But don’t think your job has to cost you your hearing. Simple tactics for reducing stress can be used to keep the blood flowing. Taking breaks from stressful situations is a must. If you have time, read or watch something humorous. 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! 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 imagine. In most cases, you’re busy being swept up in the message of the medium to ask if it’s harming your hearing. Unfortunately it might be.

The solution to this one is simple. Make sure 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.

Being prepared and informed is always the best defense. If you’re worried, you may have already suffered hearing loss from one of these activities, schedule a hearing test with a expert. Only then will you know for sure.

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