Healthy decisions are not always straight forward. We can oftentimes overcome our reluctance by reminding ourselves what is good for us. But is it possible that our health habits may actually hurt our ears? It’s more likely than you’d imagine.
Your Hygiene Habits
When you go out, you want everyone to notice how good you look, and how well you take care of yourself. Combing your hair, brushing your teeth, and sometimes cleaning your ears is, for most, a regular practice.
With time an annoying trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does have several necessary functions, in spite of that, it does need to be extracted now and then. The risk of hearing harm doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the approach you use to eliminate it.
If you are using cotton swabs you should discontinue as these are not the proper tool for the job. Getting rid of your earwax with a cotton swab can cause irreparable harm to your ears and hearing. The better choice would be to seek advice from a hearing specialist for help. It’s easy and safe for them to get rid of the earwax for you.
Your Workout Program
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. The concern is people don’t always perform their workouts perfectly.
Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your stamina. While that may help you to build your muscle, if you’re taking part in these kinds of exercises you may be straining your body and your ears. You might not even notice it at first, but that stress can cause pressure to build up in your ears. The result? Balance and hearing troubles.
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 stressing when you’re at the gym. When your limit has been reached, discontinue.
Your Prospering Career
A prospering career can be tense. While working hard to achieve career accomplishment is great, the high levels of strain can cause health issues.
Stress has been known to cause weight gain, impaired thinking, and muscle pain, but did you know it can also cause 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 do they matter? Your brain uses them to hear. In other words, without those hairs, you can not hear.
But don’t imagine your job has to cost you your hearing. Blood flow can be increased when you use tactics to decrease stress. Taking breaks from aggravating situations is a must. Reading or watching something humorous is helpful. Stress can be naturally relieved with humor.
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.
We often 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 harming your hearing. Unfortunately it might be.
You can simply solve this concern. If you’re planning to attend a potentially loud event, grab some ear protection. 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 believe you may have already experienced hearing damage from a high volume activity. That’s the only reliable way of knowing for sure.