It’s not always simple to make healthy decisions. Usually our reluctance 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 damaging your hearing? It’s more likely than you’d think.
Your Hygiene Habits
You care about the way you look to others when out and about. Most likely brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and maybe cleaning your ears is a basic practice.
That trickle of earwax which accumulates with time can certainly be aggravating. In spite of earwax having many important purposes in your ear, it does have to be cleaned from time to time. There are some techniques of taking out earwax which can be dangerous.
If you are using cotton swabs you should stop as these are not the proper tool for the job. Irreversible harm can be done by using cotton swabs to clear away your earwax. Contacting a hearing health provider would be your best bet. Removing Earwax is a standard treatment for them.
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. The concern is people don’t always execute their workouts perfectly.
It’s becoming more prevalent to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. Engaging in these kinds of workouts, while building muscle, may also be damaging your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. The result? Balance and hearing problems.
That doesn’t mean that you should quit exercising. 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, quit.
Your Prospering Career
A successful career can be tense. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional success is a great thing, the high levels of strain can cause health troubles.
Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, stress also can lead to hearing loss. The issue is actually the poor blood flow caused by strain. When you have poor circulation the delicate hairs in your ears don’t get the blood flow and oxygen they need. These hairs don’t grow back. When they’re dead, they’re gone. Why are these little hairs important? Your brain uses them to hear. So without them you may not hear.
But don’t believe your job has to cost you your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use tactics to minimize stress. If you’re finding yourself stressed out, take a break. If you have time, read or watch something funny. Humor is a natural strain relief.
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 commonly much louder than you imagine. In most cases, you’re busy being swept up in the message of the medium to ask if it’s harming your hearing. Unfortunately it might be.
You can simply solve this problem. Be certain to plan for ear protection 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.
As usual the best protection is being prepared and informed. Schedule a hearing test with a expert if you suspect you may have already experienced hearing damage from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for certain.