You’ve probably already recognized that your hearing is waning. Normally, we don’t even recognize that our decisions are negatively affecting our hearing.
With a few basic lifestyle changes, many kinds of hearing loss can be prevented. What follows are 6 secrets that will help you maintain your hearing.
1. Regulate Your Blood Pressure
It’s not good if your blood pressure stays high. A study found that individuals who have above-average blood pressure are 52% more likely to develop hearing loss, not to mention other health issues.
Avoid damage to your hearing by taking steps to lower your blood pressure. Don’t neglect high blood pressure or wait to see a doctor. Blood pressure management includes proper diet, exercise, stress management, and following your doctor’s advice.
2. Stop Smoking
There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking, here’s another: Hearing loss is 15% more likely to affect smokers. Even more alarming: Individuals who are regularly subjected to second-hand smoke are 28% more likely to develop hearing issues. Even if you leave the room, smoke lingers for long periods of time with hazardous repercussions.
If you smoke, protect your hearing and think about quitting. If you spend time with a smoker, take actions to minimize your exposure to second-hand smoke.
3. Regulate Your Diabetes
Diabetes or pre-diabetes impacts one out of four adults. A pre-diabetic individual is very likely to get diabetes within 5 years if they don’t make significant lifestyle changes.
High blood sugar harms blood vessels, which makes it extremely hard for them to effectively carry nutrients. Compared to someone who doesn’t have diabetes, a diabetic person has more than twice the chance of developing hearing loss.
If you have diabetes, protect your hearing by taking the appropriate steps to control it. Protect your hearing by making lifestyle changes if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes.
4. Lose Some Weight
This isn’t about body image or feeling good about yourself. It’s about your health. Hearing loss and other health conditions increase as your Body Mass Index (BMI) rises. The risk of developing hearing loss goes up by 17% for a mildly obese woman with a BMI of 30 to 34. For a person with a BMI of 40 (moderate obesity), the risk increases to 25%.
Work to eliminate some of that extra weight. Something as basic as walking for 30 minutes each day can decrease your chance of hearing loss and prolong your life.
5. Don’t Overuse OTC Medications
Certain over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can result in hearing loss. The more frequently these medicines are used over a prolonged period of time, the higher the risk.
Medications including acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin are known to lead to hearing loss. Take these medications in moderation and only with your doctor’s advice if you need to take them more frequently.
Studies show that you’ll most likely be okay if you’re taking these medications occasionally in the suggested doses. The risk of hearing loss increases up to 40% for men, however, when these drugs are taken on a day-to-day basis.
Always follow your doctor’s advice. But if you’re using these drugs each day to manage chronic pain or thin your blood, talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes you can make to lessen your dependence on OTC drugs.
6. Eat More Broccoli
Broccoli is loaded with iron along with important nutrients including vitamins C and K. Iron is integral to a healthy heart and strong blood circulation. Oxygen and nutrients are carried to your cells which helps keep them nourished and healthy and iron is a major part of this process.
If you’re a vegetarian or eat very little meat, it’s critical that you consume enough plant-based iron. You’re more likely to be iron deficient because the iron found in plants is less bioavailable than the iron found in meat.
More than 300,000 people were examined by Pennsylvania State University. People who have anemia (extreme iron deficiency) are two times as likely, according to this research, to experience sensorineural hearing loss than people who have normal iron concentrations. Age-related irreversible hearing loss is what the technical term “sensorineural hearing loss” refers to.
The inner ear has fragile hair cells that detect sounds and communicate with the brain to transmit the volume and frequency of those sounds. If poor circulation or an iron deficiency causes these delicate hairs to die they will never grow back.
You’re never too young to have your hearing examined, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Prevent hearing loss by using these simple secrets in your everyday life.