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

Usually it’s not 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 harming your hearing? It’s more likely than you’d believe.

Day To Day Health Routines

When you go out, you want everyone to notice how good you look, and how well you take care of yourself. Most likely brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and maybe cleaning your ears is a regular practice.

That trickle of earwax which collects over time can definitely be aggravating. Earwax does need to be extracted from time to time, despite the fact that it does have many imperative functions. The means you use to eliminate earwax determines the potential damage.

If you are using cotton swabs you should quit as these are not the proper tool for the job. Getting rid of your earwax with a cotton swab can cause permanent damage to your ears and hearing. Speaking with a hearing health provider would be your best bet. It’s simple and safe for them to get rid of the earwax for you.

Your Workout Habits

Staying physically fit is the best way to look and feel your best. The benefits of working out are that it gets your blood flowing, clears your mind, helps you lose weight, and relaxes your muscles. The problem stems from incorrectly executed workouts.

It’s becoming more popular to do stamina testing, high impact workouts. While that might help you to build your muscle, if you’re taking part in these kinds of exercises you might be straining your body and your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the strain. Resulting in balance and hearing concerns.

Of course, this isn’t an excuse to give up your workout! You just need to make sure you’re doing it right. When exercising try not to strain or hold in your breath. If you feel like you’ve come to your limit, discontinue.

Your Successful Career

A prospering career can be stressful. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, the high levels of strain can cause health concerns.

Stress has been known to cause weight gain, impaired thinking, and muscle pain, but did you know it can also cause 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. 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.

Your career doesn’t have to cost you your hearing though. Simple tactics for lowering strain can be used to keep the blood flowing. Taking breaks from tense situations is a must. If you have time, read or watch something humorous. Stress can be naturally relieved with humor.

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 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.

The solution to this one is easy. 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 might use small discreet in-ear noise reduction devices instead.

As usual the best safeguard 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 specialist. Only then will you know for certain.