Healthy decisions are not always simple. 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 often than you would suspect.
Your Hygiene Habits
When you go out, you want others to notice how good you look, 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. Despite earwax having several essential functions in your ear, it does have to be cleaned from time to time. There are some techniques of eliminating earwax which can be dangerous.
If you are using cotton swabs you should quit as these are not the proper tool for the job. Irreversible injury can be done by using cotton swabs to remove your earwax. The better choice would be to seek advice from a hearing specialist for help. It’s a standard and simple process for them to clear away the wax and you can rest assured that your hearing is safe.
Your Exercise Procedures
The best way to look healthy and feel good is 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. But workouts performed incorrectly are the concern.
High impact workouts that push your cardio endurance are becoming more prominent. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually stress your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the strain. Resulting in balance and hearing concerns.
Of course, this isn’t an excuse to give up your workout! You just need to make sure you’re doing it right. Avoid strain and don’t hold your breath while working out. Stop when you have come to your limit.
Your Successful Career
A prospering career can be tense. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional accomplishment is a great thing, research shows that the pressure that accompanies it can be harmful to your health.
Many people don’t realize that besides causing impaired judgment, weight gain, and muscle pain, strain also can lead to hearing loss. Poor circulation caused by stress 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. 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 suspect your job has to cost you your hearing. Finding ways of reducing stress can help blood flow. It is necessary to take time away from a tense situation. If you have time, read or watch something funny. 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! 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 imagine. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is damaging our hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.
This is easily solved. Make sure 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.
Like with anything else, being informed and prepared will help to protect. If you fear that participation in a high volume activity has already damaged your hearing, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist. Only then will you know for sure.