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

It’s not always easy to make healthy decisions. Usually, we’re able to conquer our hesitation by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” But is it possible that our health procedures may actually hurt our ears? It’s more likely than you’d believe.

Day To Day Health Habits

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

With time an irritating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. In spite of earwax having many vital 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 harm.

If you are using cotton swabs you should stop as these are not the proper tool for the job. Removing your earwax with a cotton swab can cause permanent injury to your ears and hearing. Instead, see a hearing healthcare specialist and ask for help. It’s straight forward and safe for them to get rid of the earwax for you.

Your Workout Program

Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than to stay in shape? Relaxing your muscles, getting the blood flowing, losing weight, and clearing your mind, are all benefits of exercising. But workouts executed incorrectly are the concern.

It’s becoming more prominent to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually stress your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the stress. The result? Balance and hearing issues.

This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. The important factor is correct workout technique. Avoid stress and don’t hold your breath while working out. When your limit has been reached, quit.

Your Successful Career

A successful career can be tense. While working hard to achieve career accomplishment is great, research shows that the pressure that accompanies it can be harmful 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? Stress itself isn’t the issue; it’s that strain causes poor blood circulation. Poor circulation means that imperative parts of your body, like the delicate hairs in your ears, don’t get the supply of blood and oxygen they need. These hairs don’t grow back. When they’re dead, they’re gone. Why are these little hairs important? Those hairs are how your brain senses sound waves. Because without them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.

However, you can keep your career and your hearing. Finding ways of lowering stress can help blood flow. Taking breaks from aggravating situations is a must. Reading or watching something humorous 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 frequently much louder than you think. In most cases, you’re busy being swept up in the message of the medium to ask if it’s damaging your hearing. Unfortunately it might be.

This is easily solved. 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.

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.

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