Can a Healthy Lifestyle Still Damage Your Ears?

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

It’s not always straight forward to make healthy decisions. Usually our hesitation can be conquered if we remind ourselves what is good for us. But what if some of the things you’ve been doing for your health are harming your hearing? Actually it’s more common than you would suspect.

Day To Day Health Practices

When you go out, you want people to notice how good you appear, and how well you take care of yourself. Combing your hair, brushing your teeth, and usually cleaning your ears is, for most, a typical practice.

With time an annoying trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does have several necessary uses, in spite of that, it does need to be cleared now and then. The risk of hearing harm doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the approach you use to remove it.

Cotton swabs can be harmful and should not be used at all. Getting rid of your earwax with a cotton swab can cause permanent harm to your ears and hearing. The better choice would be to consult a hearing specialist for help. Cleaning out Earwax is a standard process for them.

Your Exercise Procedures

Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than to stay in shape? Working out can help get your blood flowing, relax your muscles, help you lose weight and clear your mind, all of which are great for your hearing. The concern stems from improperly performed workouts.

Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your endurance. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually stress your ears. You might not even notice it at first, but that stress can cause pressure to build up in your ears. Resulting in balance and hearing concerns.

That doesn’t mean that you should quit working out. The important factor is correct workout technique. Don’t hold your breath and avoid stressing when you’re at the gym. If you feel like you’ve reached your limit, discontinue.

Your Successful Career

Strain goes with a successful career. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, high stress 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 stress is actually the issue. Poor circulation means that important 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. So without having them you might not hear.

However, you can keep your career and your hearing. Finding ways of lowering strain can help blood flow. It is necessary to take time away from a tense situation. Reading or watching something humorous is helpful. 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 commonly much louder than you suspect. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. Unfortunately it may possibly be.

This is simply solved. If you’re planning to attend a potentially loud event, grab some ear defense. 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. Schedule a hearing test with a specialist if you believe you may have already experienced hearing damage from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for certain.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.