Healthy choices are not always straight forward. 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 damaging your hearing? It occurs more commonly than you would suspect.
Day To Day Health Procedures
When you go out, you want people to notice how good you appear, and how well you take care of yourself. Probably brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and maybe cleaning your ears is a frequent practice.
Over time an irritating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does have several vital purposes, in spite of that, it does need to be cleared now and then. The technique you use to get rid of earwax determines the potential damage.
If you are using cotton swabs you should discontinue as these are not the proper tool for the job. Removing your earwax with a cotton swab can cause irreversible injury to your ears and hearing. The better choice would be to contact a hearing specialist for help. It’s simple and safe for them to remove the earwax for you.
Your Exercise Habits
Part of looking good is feeling good, and what better way to do that than to stay in shape? Exercising 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 problem stems from improperly performed workouts.
It’s becoming more prevalent to do stamina testing, high impact workouts. While that may help you to build your muscle, if you’re taking part in these kinds of exercises you might be stressing your body and your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. The result? Balance and hearing issues.
Of course, this isn’t an excuse to give up your workout! You just need to make sure you’re doing it right. Don’t hold your breath and avoid stressing when you’re at the gym. Stop when you have reached your limit.
Your Successful Career
Stress goes with a successful career. While working hard to achieve career accomplishment is great, high strain levels can impact your health.
Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, stress also can lead to hearing loss. Poor circulation caused by strain is actually the issue. When you have poor blood flow the delicate hairs in your ears don’t get the blood flow and oxygen they need. When the hairs in your ear die, they won’t grow back. Why do they matter? Those hairs are how your brain senses sound waves. Because without them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.
But don’t think your job has to cost you your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use strategies to decrease stress. If you’re finding yourself stressed out, take a break. If you have time, read or watch something funny. Humor is a natural stress relief.
Enjoying the Arts
Being exposed to the arts is definitely good for your mind. However, there’s a difference for your ears whether you’re going to an art gallery or visiting the movies.
Going to the movies or attending a live music event is louder than you may suspect. 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.
The solution to this one is simple. If you’re planning to attend a potentially loud event, grab some ear defense. 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. Schedule a hearing test with a expert if you imagine you may have already suffered hearing damage from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for certain.