Can a Healthy Lifestyle Still Injure Your Ears?

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

Usually it’s not straight forward to make healthy decisions. Usually our reluctance can be conquered if we remind ourselves what is good for us. But is it possible that our health practices may actually injure our ears? Actually it’s more common than you would suspect.

Your Hygiene Routine

You care about the way you look to others when out and about. Combing your hair, brushing your teeth, and sometimes cleaning your ears is, for most, a normal practice.

It can be bothersome when a small trickle of earwax accumulates over time. Earwax does need to be taken out from time to time, in spite of the fact that it does have multiple very important purposes. There are some methods of eliminating earwax which can be damaging.

If you are using cotton swabs you should quit as these are not the proper tool for the job. Cleaning out 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 a typical and simple solution for them to get rid of the wax and you can rest assured that your hearing is safe.

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. The problem is people don’t always execute their workouts perfectly.

It’s becoming more fashionable to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. Participating in these kinds of workouts, while building muscle, may also be damaging your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. Balance and hearing troubles can be the result.

That doesn’t mean that you should quit working out. Improper workout methods can lead to trouble. Avoid stress and don’t hold your breath while working out. Quit when you have reached your limit.

Your Successful Career

Stress goes with a successful career. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional success is a great thing, high stress levels can impact your health.

Stress has been known to cause weight gain, impaired thinking, and muscle pain, but did you know it can also cause hearing loss? The issue is actually the poor blood flow caused by stress. 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. So without having them you may not hear.

Your career doesn’t have to cost you your hearing though. Finding ways of reducing stress can help blood flow. It is necessary to take time away from a stressful situation. Reading or watching something funny is helpful. Humor is a natural stress 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.

We usually underestimate how loud going to the movies or attending a concert can be. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. Unfortunately it may possibly be.

You can easily solve this problem. Make certain you protect your ears if you are planning on attending a loud event. While you wouldn’t wear large earmuffs at an opera, you could 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 expert. Only then will you know for certain.

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