Healthy choices are not always easy. We can oftentimes overcome our hesitation by reminding ourselves what is good for us. But is it possible that our health practices may actually injure our ears? Actually it’s more common than you would think.
Daily Health Practices
How healthy you look and how well you keep up yourself matters to you. Combing your hair, brushing your teeth, and usually cleaning your ears is, for most, a consistent practice.
That trickle of earwax which builds up with time can certainly be bothersome. Earwax does have several necessary uses, despite that, it does need to be cleared now and then. There are some practices of removing earwax which can be harmful.
If you are using cotton swabs you should stop 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. Instead, see a hearing healthcare specialist and ask for advice. It’s easy and safe for them to remove the earwax for you.
Your Exercise Procedures
The best way to look healthy and feel good is to stay in shape. Relaxing your muscles, getting the blood flowing, losing weight, and clearing your mind, are all benefits of working out. But workouts practiced incorrectly are the concern.
It’s becoming more prominent to do endurance testing, high impact workouts. While that may possibly help you to build your muscle, if you’re taking part in these kinds of exercises you might be straining your body and your ears. Strenuous exercise can cause a build up of pressure in the ears. The result? Balance and hearing troubles.
That doesn’t mean that you should quit exercising. Improper workout methods can lead to trouble. Avoid stress and don’t hold your breath while exercising. If you feel like you’ve reached your limit, quit.
Your Successful Career
A prospering career can be stressful. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional success is a great thing, high stress levels can impact 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? Poor circulation caused by strain is actually the issue. Poor circulation means that vital parts of your body, like the delicate hairs in your ears, don’t get the supply of blood and oxygen they need. When the hairs in your ear die, they won’t grow back. Why do they matter? Your brain uses them to hear. In other words, without having those hairs, you can not hear.
But don’t believe 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 stressful situation. 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.
Going to the movies or attending a live music event is louder than you may think. While enjoying our favorite art form we we usually don’t worry about whether it is harming our hearing. Unfortunately it might be.
This is simply solved. If you’re planning to attend a potentially loud event, grab some ear protection. While you wouldn’t wear large earmuffs at an opera, you could use small discreet in-ear noise reduction devices instead.
As usual the best safeguard is being prepared and informed. If you’re worried, you may have already suffered hearing loss from one of these activities, schedule a hearing test with a specialist. Only then will you know for certain.