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

It’s not always easy to make healthy decisions. We can oftentimes conquer 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? Actually it’s more common than you would suspect.

Day To Day Health Practices

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

With time an irritating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does need to be extracted from time to time, despite the fact that it does have quite a few essential functions. The method you use to get rid of earwax determines the potential damage.

If you are using cotton swabs you should stop as these are not the proper tool for the job. Removing your earwax with a cotton swab can cause irreversible harm to your ears and hearing. Instead, see a hearing healthcare specialist and ask for assistance. It’s simple and safe for them to get rid of the earwax for you.

Your Exercise Habits

The best way to look healthy and feel good is 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 concern is people don’t always do their workouts perfectly.

It’s becoming more prevalent to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually strain your ears. You might not even notice it at first, but that stress can cause pressure to build up in your ears. Resulting in balance and hearing concerns.

That doesn’t mean that you should quit exercising. The important factor is correct workout technique. When exercising try not to stress or hold in your breath. When your limit has been reached, stop.

Your Prospering Career

A prospering career can be tense. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, high strain levels can impact 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. When you have poor blood flow the delicate hairs in your ears don’t get the blood flow and oxygen they need. When the hairs in your ear die, they won’t grow back. Why are these little hairs important? Those hairs are how your brain senses sound waves. 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 funny. Strain 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! 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. While enjoying our favorite art form we usually don’t worry about whether it is damaging our hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.

You can easily solve this concern. 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. If you fear that participation in a high volume activity has already damaged your hearing, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist. That’s the only reliable way of knowing for sure.