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Grandma and grandson are cooking healthy food together in the kitchen to prevent hearing loss.

Usually it’s not easy to make healthy choices. Usually our hesitation 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? It’s more likely than you’d think.

Day To Day Health Routines

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 normal practice.

It can be annoying when a small trickle of earwax accumulates with time. In spite of earwax having quite a few imperative uses in your ear, it does have to be cleaned from time to time. The risk of hearing injury doesn’t come from eliminating the earwax, but instead, from the approach you use to remove it.

Cotton swabs can be harmful and should not be used at all. Getting rid of your earwax with a cotton swab can cause irreversible damage to your ears and hearing. The better choice would be to contact a hearing specialist for help. It’s a basic and easy treatment for them to eliminate the wax and you can rest assured that your hearing is safe.

Your Workout Practice

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 problem.

Physical fitness trends are moving toward high-impact workouts that test your endurance. Exercises intended to build muscle may actually strain your ears. Pressure can build up in your ears from the strain. The result? Balance and hearing problems.

This doesn’t mean quitting your workouts is the right answer. Improper workout methods can lead to trouble. Avoid strain and don’t hold your breath while exercising. Stop when you have reached your limit.

Your Prospering Career

Strain goes with a prospering career. While everyone can agree that working hard and achieving professional success is a great thing, 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 strain causes poor blood circulation. When you have poor circulation the delicate hairs in your ears don’t get the blood flow and oxygen they need. When the hairs in your ear die, they won’t grow back. Why are these little hairs important? Your brain uses them to hear. In other words, without having those hairs, you can not hear.

Your career doesn’t have to cost you your hearing though. Simple tactics for decreasing stress can be used to keep the blood flowing. It is necessary to take time away from a tense situation. If you have time, read or watch something humorous. Humor is a natural stress relief.

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 harming our hearing. Unfortunately it might be.

You can easily solve this concern. 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 defense is being prepared and informed. If you’re worried, you may have already experienced hearing loss from one of these activities, schedule a hearing test with a specialist. Only then will you know for sure.