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

Sometimes it’s not easy to make healthy choices. Usually, we’re able to conquer our reluctance by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” 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 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 frequent practice.

It can be bothersome when a small trickle of earwax builds up with time. Earwax does have several essential functions, in spite of that, it does need to be eliminated now and then. The system you use to eliminate earwax determines the potential harm.

You should discontinue using cotton swabs for earwax elimination as they are not really the tool of choice. Permanent harm can be done by using cotton swabs to eliminate your earwax. Speaking with a hearing health provider would be your best bet. It’s simple and safe for them to eliminate the earwax for you.

Your Exercise Practices

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 problem.

High impact workouts that push your cardio endurance are becoming more fashionable. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually strain your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. The result? Balance and hearing problems.

Of course, this isn’t an excuse to give up your workout! The important factor is correct workout technique. When exercising try not to strain or hold in your breath. When your limit has been reached, stop.

Your Successful Career

Having a successful career often means having a lot of strain. While working hard to achieve career success is great, high strain levels can impact 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? Poor circulation caused by strain is actually the issue. 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. When the hairs in your ear die, they won’t grow back. Why are these little hairs important? Those hairs are how your brain senses sound waves. Because without having them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.

But don’t believe your job has to cost you your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use strategies to decrease stress. Taking breaks from aggravating situations is a must. If you have time, read or watch something funny. Humor is a natural stress relief.

Enjoying the Arts

It’s certainly healthy for your mind to be exposed to the arts regardless of what form they come in! However, there’s a difference for your ears whether you’re going to an art gallery or visiting the movies.

We commonly 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 damaging your hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.

This is easily solved. Make certain you protect your ears if you are planning on 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 safeguard is being prepared and informed. If you’re worried, you may have already experienced hearing loss from one of these activities, schedule a hearing test with a expert. Only then will you know for sure.

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