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

Sometimes it’s not simple to make healthy choices. Usually, we’re able to conquer our hesitation by merely reminding ourselves, “this is good for me.” But what if some of the things you’ve been doing for your health are damaging your hearing? It occurs more commonly than you would think.

Your Hygiene Routine

How healthy you look and how well you keep up yourself matters to you. Most likely brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and maybe cleaning your ears is a standard practice.

That trickle of earwax which collects with time can definitely be frustrating. Earwax does have several necessary purposes, despite that, it does need to be eliminated now and then. The risk of hearing injury doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the technique you use to remove it.

You should discontinue using cotton swabs for earwax elimination as they are not really the tool of choice. Eliminating your earwax with a cotton swab can cause permanent damage to your ears and hearing. Getting in touch with a hearing health provider would be your best bet. Eliminating Earwax is a normal process for them.

Your Exercise Procedures

The best way to look healthy and feel good is 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 executed improperly are the concern.

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

This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. You just need to make sure you’re doing it right. Don’t hold your breath and avoid straining when you’re at the gym. When your limit has been reached, quit.

Your Prospering Career

A prospering career can be stressful. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional success is a great thing, the high levels of strain can cause health issues.

Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, strain also can lead to hearing loss. Stress itself isn’t the issue; it’s that strain causes poor blood circulation. Poor circulation means that very important 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? Your brain uses them to hear. In other words, without those hairs, you can not hear.

But don’t suspect your job has to cost you your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use tactics to minimize strain. It is necessary to take time away from a stressful situation. Reading or watching something funny is helpful. When you laugh, you naturally shake off your stress.

Enjoying the Arts

It’s certainly healthy for your mind to be exposed to the arts regardless of what form they come in! But different forms of art have different levels of impact on hearing.

The volume of movies and live music is usually 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 harming your hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.

The solution to this one is easy. 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 protection is being prepared and informed. Schedule a hearing test with a expert if you imagine you may have already experienced hearing damage from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for certain.