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, we’re able to conquer our hesitation by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” But is it possible that our health practices may actually harm our ears? It occurs more frequently than you would imagine.

Your Hygiene Practice

When you go out, you want everyone to notice how good you look, and how well you take care of yourself. Combing your hair, brushing your teeth, and often cleaning your ears is, for most, a routine practice.

It can be aggravating when a small trickle of earwax accumulates with time. Despite earwax having many essential purposes in your ear, it does have to be taken out from time to time. There are some methods of taking out earwax which can be harmful.

You should discontinue using cotton swabs for earwax elimination as they are not really the tool of choice. Eliminating your earwax with a cotton swab can cause permanent harm to your ears and hearing. The better choice would be to seek advice from a hearing specialist for help. It’s easy and safe for them to remove 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. But workouts practiced incorrectly are the problem.

It’s becoming more prominent to do stamina testing, high impact workouts. Engaging in these kinds of workouts, while building muscle, may also be harming 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 issues.

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 stress or hold in your breath. Discontinue when you have come to your limit.

Your Prospering Career

Strain goes with a successful career. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional success is a great thing, research shows that the pressure that accompanies it can be harmful to 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 stress. Poor circulation means that imperative 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 are these little hairs important? Your brain uses them to hear. Because without having them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.

But don’t think your job has to cost you your hearing. Finding ways of reducing stress can help blood flow. If you’re finding yourself stressed out, take a break. If you have time, read or watch something funny. Humor is a natural strain relief.

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 suspect. While enjoying our favorite art form we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.

This is easily solved. 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.

Like with anything else, being informed and prepared will help to protect. If you fear that participation in a high volume activity has already damaged your hearing, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing expert. That’s the only reliable way of knowing for certain.

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