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

It’s not always straight forward to make healthy choices. We can oftentimes overcome our hesitation by reminding ourselves what is good for us. But what if some of the things you’ve been doing for your health are damaging your hearing? It’s more likely than you’d suspect.

Daily Health Habits

You care about the way you look to people when out and about. More than likely brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and maybe cleaning your ears is a typical practice.

Over time an aggravating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Despite earwax having several important uses in your ear, it does have to be extracted from time to time. The risk of hearing damage doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the tool you use to eliminate it.

If you are using cotton swabs you should quit as these are not the proper tool for the job. Irreversible harm can be done by using cotton swabs to get rid of your earwax. The better choice would be to seek advice from a hearing specialist for help. It’s easy and safe for them to eliminate the earwax for you.

Your Workout Practice

Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than to stay in shape? Exercising 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 stems from incorrectly executed workouts.

High impact workouts that push your cardio endurance are becoming more fashionable. While that may possibly help you to build your muscle, if you’re engaging in these kinds of exercises you may possibly be straining your body and your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. Resulting in balance and hearing problems.

That doesn’t mean that you should quit working out. You just need to make certain you’re doing it right. Don’t hold your breath and avoid stressing when you’re at the gym. If you feel like you’ve come to your limit, discontinue.

Your Prospering Career

Having a prospering career frequently means having a lot of stress. While working hard to achieve career success is great, research shows that the pressure that accompanies it can be damaging to your health.

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. Poor circulation means that vital parts of your body, like the delicate hairs in your ears, don’t get the supply of blood 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.

Your career doesn’t have to cost you your hearing though. Finding ways of lowering strain can help blood flow. If you’re finding yourself stressed out, take a break. If you have time, read or watch something humorous. Humor is a natural strain relief.

Enjoying the Arts

Being exposed to the arts is definitely good for your mind. But different forms of art have different levels of impact on hearing.

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. The sad truth is, it very well may be.

You can simply solve this problem. Be sure to plan for ear protection before 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 protection is being prepared and informed. If you fear that participation in a high volume activity has already damaged your hearing, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing expert. Only then will you know for certain.

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