Healthy decisions are not always simple. We can oftentimes conquer our reluctance 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 occurs more frequently than you would imagine.
Day To Day Health Practices
When you go out, you want others to notice how good you look, and how well you take care of yourself. Combing your hair, brushing your teeth, and sometimes cleaning your ears is, for most, a daily practice.
It can be aggravating when a small trickle of earwax builds up over time. Despite earwax having several important uses in your ear, it does have to be cleared from time to time. The technique you use to clear away earwax determines the potential damage.
If you are using cotton swabs you should discontinue as these are not the proper tool for the job. Cleaning out your earwax with a cotton swab can cause permanent harm to your ears and hearing. Instead, see a hearing healthcare professional and ask for help. It’s a basic and simple procedure for them to remove the wax and you can rest assured that your hearing is safe.
Your Exercise Routines
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. But workouts conducted incorrectly are the concern.
Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your endurance. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually stress your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. Balance and hearing problems can be the result.
That doesn’t mean that you should quit working out. The important factor is correct workout technique. When exercising try not to stress or hold in your breath. Discontinue when you have reached your limit.
Your Successful Career
A successful career can be stressful. While working hard to achieve career accomplishment is great, research shows that the pressure that accompanies it can be damaging to 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. Poor circulation means that important parts of your body, like the delicate hairs in your ears, don’t get the supply of blood 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. So without having them you may not hear.
Your career doesn’t have to cost you your hearing though. Simple strategies for lowering strain can be used to keep the blood flowing. It is necessary to take time away from a tense situation. If you have time, read or watch something humorous. Humor is a natural stress relief.
Enjoying the Arts
Being exposed to the arts is definitely good for your mind. However, there’s a difference for your ears whether you’re going to an art gallery or visiting the movies.
We frequently underestimate how loud going to the movies or attending a concert can be. 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 simply solve this problem. Be sure to plan for ear safeguard before 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.
As usual the best protection is being prepared and informed. Schedule a hearing test with a specialist if you imagine you may have already suffered hearing injuries from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for sure.