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

Healthy decisions are not always easy. Usually our hesitation can be overcome if we remind ourselves what is good for us. But is it possible that our health habits may actually hurt our ears? It’s more likely than you’d believe.

Your Hygiene Practice

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

Over time an irritating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does need to be cleaned from time to time, despite the fact that it does have quite a few essential purposes. The risk of hearing damage doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the technique you use to get rid of it.

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 irreparable damage to your ears and hearing. Instead, see a hearing healthcare expert and ask for advice. Removing Earwax is a typical solution for them.

Your Exercise Practices

Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than to stay in shape? The benefits of exercising are that it gets your blood flowing, clears your mind, helps you lose weight, and relaxes your muscles. But workouts conducted incorrectly are the problem.

Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your stamina. While that may help you to build your muscle, if you’re engaging in these kinds of exercises you may be straining your body and your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the strain. Resulting in balance and hearing troubles.

Of course, this isn’t an excuse to give up your workout! Improper workout methods can lead to trouble. Don’t hold your breath and avoid straining when you’re at the gym. Quit when you have reached your limit.

Your Successful Career

Strain goes with a prospering career. While working hard to achieve career success is great, research shows that the pressure that accompanies it can be damaging to your health.

Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, strain also can lead to 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. When the hairs in your ear die, they won’t grow back. Why do they matter? Those hairs are how your brain senses sound waves. So without them you might not hear.

Your career doesn’t have to cost you your hearing though. Blood flow can be increased when you use tactics to minimize strain. Taking breaks from aggravating 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

Exposing your mind to all forms of art is a healthy practice. However, there’s a difference for your ears whether you’re going to an art gallery or visiting the movies.

The volume of movies and live music is frequently much louder than you imagine. 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 might be.

This is easily solved. 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 might use small discreet in-ear noise reduction devices instead.

As usual the best protection 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 specialist. Thats the only reliable way of knowing for certain.

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