Old age is not the only reason behind hearing loss. Plenty of people lose their hearing for reasons that have nothing to do with how old they are. In fact, a significant number of people who experience hearing loss do so because of poor lifestyle choices they make throughout their lives. Some of the people who experience hearing loss will experience it because of age, but some people who lose all or part of their hearing because they are unaware that the choices they make today are part of the reason they will be unable to hear tomorrow. In order for people to avoid losing their as they grow old, they need to start making changes in their lifestyle right now.
Too much noise is one of the biggest factors that contribute to hearing loss. Most people know that if they work on an airport runway, fly helicopters, work with heavy machinery in factories or on job sites, they need to wear earmuffs or earplugs. However, most people are completely unaware of the fact that they also need to wear earmuffs or earplugs when they mow their lawn, use a saw, or drive a tractor.
This may fall into the noise category, but it’s a little different. Listening to music too loudly on headsets is one of the worst things people can do for their hearing. Listening to music at loud levels is a way to age the ears faster than even age can do. This means people are more likely to experience hearing loss later in life than those who listen to their music at an appropriate level.
- Improper Ear Cleaning
Most people are good about cleaning out their ears to get rid of unsightly ear wax. However, the vast majority of those people go about it the wrong way. When there is wax in the ear, it is okay to remove it. Wax in the ear canal, however, should never be removed. This wax is there for a reason. It protects the ear from infection, disease, and even insects. Additionally, placing a q-tip into the ear canal actually pushes some of the ear wax further into the canal, putting it too close to the inner ear where it can harm the drum.
- Poor Nutrition
Everyone knows how important a good diet is to their health. It keeps them looking good, feeling good, and it allows people to live longer lives. However, eating right also prevents hearing loss later in life. Here’s how that works: People who eat a poor diet without enough nutrients and with too much junk are more likely to develop diabetes. Studies show that people who suffer from diabetes are more than twice as likely to develop some form of hearing loss later in life.
Smoking is a habit that is unhealthy for people on a number of levels. It’s the number one reason people develop lung cancer. Additionally, smoking also leads to hearing loss later in life. The negative effects of smoking on a person’s body are so bad that it’s completely amazing people still smoke! Furthermore, children who are exposed to secondhand smoke on a daily basis are more than 70 percent more likely to develop hearing problems later in life. This is staggering news for any parent who smokes; it’s not just their health they are jeopardizing.
There is a direct relationship between hearing loss later in life and current lifestyle choices. While not everyone develops hearing problems because of their lifestyle choices, most people can prevent their hearing loss by making changes. Those who will lose their hearing due to age can’t help that, but they can lower their risk of losing their hearing later in life by making lifestyle choices that are healthy. A solution to help with hearing loss is the use of a hearing aid to help amplify and clarify sound. Knowing that a person did everything they could to prevent hearing loss is a powerful feeling.
My name is John O’Connor and I have always been passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Over the years I have become more and more passionate about hearing loss. My father and grandfathers along with other family members and friends are affected by hearing loss. I feel there is general lack of understanding around the issue and it is our job to spread awareness where we can. Check out my new blog atbloggingwjohno.blogspot.com!
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