Can a Healthy Lifestyle Still Hurt Your Ears?
The Hearing Clinic - Scarborough, ON

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

Usually it’s not easy to make healthy decisions. Usually, we’re able to conquer our reluctance by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” But what if some of the things you’ve been doing for your health are harming your hearing? Actually it’s more common than you would believe.

Daily Health Practices

How healthy you look and how well you maintain yourself matters to you. Like most everyone, you most likely put on something sharp, brush your teeth, comb your hair, and possibly, clean your ears.

It can be aggravating when a small trickle of earwax increases over time. Earwax does need to be cleaned from time to time, despite the fact that it does have a few essential uses. The technique you use to get rid of earwax determines the potential harm.

Cotton swabs can be hazardous and should not be used at all. Irreparable damage can be done by using cotton swabs to get rid of your earwax. 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 Exercise Practices

The best way to look healthy and feel good is to stay in shape. Relaxing your muscles, getting the blood flowing, losing weight, and clearing your mind, are all benefits of working out. But workouts executed improperly are the concern.

Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your stamina. While that may possibly help you to build your muscle, if you’re engaging in these kinds of exercises you may possibly be stressing your body and your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the stress. Balance and hearing issues can be the result.

This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. The important factor is correct workout technique. When exercising try not to strain or hold in your breath. When your limit has been reached, discontinue.

Your Successful Career

Strain goes with a prospering career. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, the high levels of strain can cause health problems.

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. 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 do they matter? Your brain uses them to hear. In other words, without having those hairs, you can not hear.

But don’t imagine your job has to cost you your hearing. Finding ways of decreasing stress can help blood flow. If you’re finding yourself stressed out, take a break. If you have time, read or watch something funny. Humor is a natural strain relief.

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.

The volume of movies and live music is frequently much louder than you think. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.

The solution to this one is simple. If you’re planning to attend a potentially loud event, grab some ear protection. 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 protection is being prepared and informed. Schedule a hearing test with a professional if you think you may have already experienced hearing injuries from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for sure.

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