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

Healthy decisions are not always simple. Usually, we’re able to conquer our reluctance by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” But is it possible that our health practices may actually injure our ears? It occurs more often than you would suspect.

Daily Health Habits

When you go out, you want people to notice how good you appear, and how well you take care of yourself. More than likely brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and maybe cleaning your ears is a regular practice.

That trickle of earwax which collects over time can definitely be irritating. In spite of earwax having numerous important purposes in your ear, it does have to be removed from time to time. The risk of hearing harm doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the system you use to remove it.

Cotton swabs can be hazardous and should not be used at all. Irreparable injury can be done by using cotton swabs to take out your earwax. Instead, see a hearing healthcare expert and ask for advice. It’s a typical and simple solution for them to eliminate the wax and you can rest assured that your hearing is safe.

Your Exercise Habits

Staying physically fit is the best way to look and feel your best. The benefits of working out are that it gets your blood flowing, clears your mind, helps you lose weight, and relaxes your muscles. But workouts performed improperly are the concern.

Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your endurance. While that may help you to build your muscle, if you’re engaging in these kinds of exercises you might be straining your body and your ears. You might not even notice it at first, but that strain can cause pressure to build up in your ears. Balance and hearing troubles can be the result.

That doesn’t mean that you should quit working out. You just need to make certain you’re doing it right. Avoid stress and don’t hold your breath while exercising. Quit when you have come to your limit.

Your Prospering Career

A successful career can be tense. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, the high levels of stress can cause health concerns.

Stress has been known to cause weight gain, impaired thinking, and muscle pain, but did you know it can also cause hearing loss? Poor circulation caused by strain is actually the issue. 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? Those hairs are how your brain senses sound waves. So without having them you may not hear.

But don’t think your job has to cost you your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use strategies to reduce stress. Taking breaks from stressful situations is a must. If you have time, read or watch something funny. When you laugh, you naturally shake off your stress.

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.

We usually underestimate how loud going to the movies or attending a concert can be. In most cases, you’re busy being swept up in the message of the medium to ask if it’s harming your hearing. Unfortunately it may be.

You can easily solve this problem. Make sure 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.

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. That’s the only reliable way of knowing for certain.

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