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You’ve most likely already noticed that your hearing is waning. Hearing loss frequently progresses due to decisions you make without knowing they’re affecting your hearing.

Many kinds of hearing impairment are avoidable with several simple lifestyle changes. What follows are 6 secrets that will help you protect your hearing.

1. Manage Your Blood Pressure

Persistently high blood pressure is not good. A study revealed that hearing loss was 52% more likely with people who have higher than average blood pressure and they are more likely to have other health problems as well.

Take steps to lower your blood pressure and avoid hearing damage. Don’t ignore high blood pressure or wait to consult a doctor. Management of blood pressure includes correct diet, exercise, stress management, and following your doctor’s advice.

2. Quit Smoking

There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking, here’s another: Hearing loss is 15% more likely to affect smokers. What’s even more surprising is that there’s a 28% higher chance of someone developing hearing problems if they are regularly subjected to second-hand smoke. The dangerous consequences of second-hand smoke are not only harmful, they also remain in the air for long periods.

Consider safeguarding your hearing, if you smoke, by quitting. If you spend time with a smoker, take measures to decrease your exposure to second-hand smoke.

3. Keep Your Diabetes in Check

One out of four adults is either pre-diabetic or diabetic. Unless they make some significant lifestyle changes, someone who is pre-diabetic will very likely develop diabetes within 5 years.

High blood sugar damages blood vessels, which makes it very hard for them to effectively transport nutrients. A diabetic individual is more than two times as likely to experience hearing loss compared to a non-diabetic individual.

If you suffer from diabetes, safeguard your hearing by taking the proper steps to manage it. If you are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, safeguard your hearing by making lifestyle changes to prevent it.

4. Lose Some Weight

This is more about your health than feeling great about your body image. Hearing loss and other health disorders rise as your Body Mass Index (BMI) increases. The risk of developing hearing loss rises by 17% for a mildly obese woman with a BMI of 30 to 34. A moderately obese person has a 25% risk of hearing loss if they have a BMI of 40.

Take action to lose that extra weight. Your life can be prolonged and your hearing can be protected by something as simple as walking for 30 minutes each day.

5. OTC Medicines Shouldn’t be Overused

Hearing loss can be the consequence of certain over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The danger goes up when these medicines are taken regularly over prolonged periods of time.

Typical over-the-counter medications that impact hearing include aspirin, NSAIDs (such as naproxen, ibuprofen), and acetaminophen. Take these medicines moderately and talk to your doctor if you’re taking them on a regular basis.

If you’re taking the recommended dose for the periodic headache, studies indicate you’ll probably be fine. Using them on a daily basis, however, increases the risk of hearing loss by up to 40% for men.

Your doctor’s orders should always be implemented. But if you’re using these medicines every day to deal with chronic pain or thin your blood, talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes you can implement to decrease your dependence on OTC drugs.

6. Eat More Broccoli

Broccoli is packed with iron in addition to important nutrients like vitamins C and K. Iron is essential to blood circulation and a healthy heart. Nutrients and oxygen are transported to your cells which helps keep them nourished and healthy and iron is a significant part of this process.

For vegetarians or individuals who don’t eat meat very often, eating a sufficient amount of plant-based iron is essential. You’re more likely to be iron deficient because the iron found in plants is less bioavailable than the iron found in meat.

Pennsylvania State University researchers examined more than 300,000 people. The researchers determined participants with anemia (extreme iron deficiency) were twice as likely to experience sensorineural hearing loss as those without the disorder. Sensorineural hearing loss is the scientific term for irreversible hearing loss related to the aging process.

The inner ear has delicate hair cells that pick up sounds and interact with the brain to transmit the volume and frequency of those sounds. If these hair cells die because of poor circulation or other concerns related to iron deficiency, they never grow back.

Don’t wait to get a hearing exam because you’re never too young. Apply these steps to your life and prevent hearing loss.

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