Healthy decisions are not always simple. Usually our reluctance can be overcome if we remind 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.
Your Hygiene Habits
You care about the way you look to people when out and about. Like most people, you probably put on something sharp, brush your teeth, comb your hair, and possibly, clean your ears.
With time an aggravating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does have several necessary purposes, despite that, it does need to be cleared now and then. The method you use to take out earwax determines the potential damage.
If you are using cotton swabs you should quit as these are not the proper tool for the job. Removing your earwax with a cotton swab can cause irreversible injury to your ears and hearing. Instead, see a hearing healthcare professional and ask for advice. Removing Earwax is a typical solution for them.
Your Workout Routine
Staying physically fit is the best way to look and feel your best. 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. But workouts practiced incorrectly are the concern.
It’s becoming more prevalent to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. While that may possibly help you to build your muscle, if you’re engaging in these kinds of exercises you may possibly be straining your body and your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the strain. The result? Balance and hearing issues.
Of course, this isn’t an excuse to give up your workout! You just need to make sure you’re doing it right. Avoid strain and don’t hold your breath while working out. Discontinue when you have reached your limit.
Your Prospering Career
Having a successful career usually means having a lot of stress. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, the high levels of stress can cause health issues.
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 strain. When you have poor circulation 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? Your brain uses them to hear. Because without having them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.
Your career doesn’t have to cost you your hearing though. Finding ways of lowering stress can help blood flow. If you’re finding yourself stressed out, take a break. Reading or watching something funny is helpful. Humor is a natural strain relief.
Enjoying the Arts
Exposing your mind to all forms of art is a healthy practice. But different forms of art have different levels of impact on hearing.
The volume of movies and live music is commonly much louder than you imagine. While enjoying our favorite art form we 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 problem. 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.
Like with anything else, being informed and prepared will help to protect. 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 sure.