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 straight forward to make healthy decisions. Usually our hesitation can be overcome if we remind ourselves what is good for us. But is it possible that our health practices may actually hurt our ears? It happens more frequently than you would think.

Your Hygiene Routine

When you go out, you want people 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 normal practice.

It can be bothersome when a small trickle of earwax collects over time. Earwax does need to be cleaned from time to time, despite the fact that it does have multiple very important functions. The method you use to remove earwax determines the potential harm.

Cotton swabs can be damaging and should not be used at all. Removing your earwax with a cotton swab can cause irreparable injury to your ears and hearing. Contacting a hearing health provider would be your best bet. Removing Earwax is a typical procedure for them.

Your Exercise Routines

Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than to stay in shape? Relaxing your muscles, getting the blood flowing, losing weight, and clearing your mind, are all benefits of exercising. The concern is people don’t always do their workouts properly.

It’s becoming more popular to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. Participating 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 troubles.

This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. Improper workout methods can lead to trouble. When exercising try not to stress or hold in your breath. If you feel like you’ve reached your limit, quit.

Your Prospering Career

A prospering career can be tense. While working hard to achieve career success is great, the high levels of strain can cause health concerns.

Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, stress also can lead to hearing loss. The issue is actually the poor blood flow caused by stress. Poor circulation means that important 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? Those hairs are how your brain senses sound waves. Because without them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.

However, you can keep your career and your hearing. Finding ways of lowering stress can help blood flow. It is necessary to take time away from a stressful situation. If you have time, read or watch something humorous. When you laugh, you naturally shake off your strain.

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.

We commonly underestimate how loud going to the movies or attending a concert can be. In most cases, you’re busy being swept up in the message of the medium to ask if it’s damaging your hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.

The solution to this one is easy. 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 safeguard. Schedule a hearing test with a expert if you imagine you may have already experienced hearing damage from a high volume activity. Thats the only reliable way of knowing for sure.

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