Can a Healthy Lifestyle Still Hurt Your Ears?

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

It’s not always simple to make healthy choices. Usually, we’re able to conquer our reluctance by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” But is it possible that our health practices may actually hurt our ears? It occurs more frequently than you would imagine.

Daily Health Practices

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

With time an annoying trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does have several important uses, in spite of that, it does need to be removed now and then. There are some practices of removing earwax which can be harmful.

Cotton swabs are portrayed as the tool-of-choice for earwax removal, but if you’re doing this, you need to discontinue right now. Getting rid of your earwax with a cotton swab can cause permanent injury to your ears and hearing. The better choice would be to consult a hearing specialist for help. Removing Earwax is a typical procedure for them.

Your Workout Habits

Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than 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 concern stems from incorrectly executed workouts.

It’s becoming more fashionable to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. While that may possibly help you to build your muscle, if you’re engaging in these kinds of exercises you might be straining your body and your ears. You might not even notice it at first, but that strain can cause pressure to build up in your ears. Balance and hearing concerns can be the result.

This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. The important factor is correct workout technique. Avoid strain and don’t hold your breath while exercising. When your limit has been reached, discontinue.

Your Prospering Career

Having a successful career frequently 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 troubles.

Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, stress also can lead to hearing loss. Stress itself isn’t the issue; it’s that strain causes poor blood circulation. When you have poor circulation 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. So without having them you may not hear.

However, you can keep your career and your hearing. Simple strategies for lowering stress can be used to keep the blood flowing. It is necessary to take time away from a tense situation. Reading or watching something humorous is helpful. Humor is a natural stress relief.

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.

The volume of movies and live music is often much louder than you think. 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 simply solved. Make sure you protect your ears if you are planning on attending a loud event. While you wouldn’t wear large earmuffs at an opera, you could use small discreet in-ear noise reduction devices instead.

As usual the best defense is being prepared and informed. If you’re worried, you may have already suffered hearing loss from one of these activities, schedule a hearing test with a specialist. Only then will you know for certain.

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