Often it’s not straight forward to make healthy choices. Usually our reluctance can be overcome if we remind ourselves what is good for us. But what if some of the things you’ve been doing for your health are harming your hearing? Actually it’s more common than you would imagine.
Daily Health Practices
How healthy you look and how well you keep up yourself matters to you. Like most people, you probably put on something sharp, brush your teeth, comb your hair, and perhaps, clean your ears.
Over time an irritating trickle of a small amount of earwax can build up. Earwax does have several important purposes, despite that, it does need to be extracted now and then. There are some practices of removing earwax which can be unsafe.
Cotton swabs can be dangerous and should not be used at all. Cleaning out your earwax with a cotton swab can cause irreparable damage to your ears and hearing. The better choice would be to contact a hearing expert for help. It’s straight forward and safe for them to eliminate the earwax for you.
Your Workout Practice
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 problem is people don’t always execute their workouts properly.
Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your endurance. Engaging in these kinds of workouts, while building muscle, may also be harming your ears. You might not even notice it at first, but that strain can cause pressure to build up in your ears. Balance and hearing problems can be the result.
This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. The important factor is correct workout technique. Don’t hold your breath and avoid straining when you’re at the gym. Quit when you have come to your limit.
Your Prospering Career
Stress goes with a successful career. While working hard to achieve career accomplishment is great, research shows that the pressure that accompanies it can be damaging to your health.
Stress has been known to cause weight gain, impaired thinking, and muscle pain, but did you know it can also cause hearing loss? Stress itself isn’t the issue; it’s that stress causes poor blood circulation. Poor circulation means that imperative parts of your body, like the delicate hairs in your ears, don’t get the supply of blood 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. Because without having them your brain has no way to receive sound waves.
Your career doesn’t have to cost you your hearing though. Simple tactics for reducing strain can be used to keep the blood flowing. Taking breaks from tense situations is a must. If you have time, read or watch something funny. 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 commonly underestimate how loud going to the movies or attending a concert can be. While enjoying our favorite art form we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. The sad truth is, it very well may be.
The solution to this one is simple. Make certain you protect your ears if you are planning on attending a loud event. While you wouldn’t wear large earmuffs at an opera, you could use small discreet in-ear noise reduction devices instead.
Being prepared and informed is always the best defense. Schedule a hearing test with a professional if you think you may have already suffered hearing damage from a high volume activity. Only then will you know for sure.