Tips to Preventing Hearing Loss

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It’s likely that you’ve already detected that you don’t hear as well as you used to. Usually, we don’t even realize that our choices are negatively impacting our hearing.

Many kinds of hearing loss are preventable with a few simple lifestyle changes. Let’s look at six surprising secrets that will help you protect your hearing.

1. Regulate Your Blood Pressure

It’s not good if your blood pressure remains high. A study found that hearing loss was 52% more likely with individuals who have above average blood pressure and they’re more likely to have other health problems also.

Take steps to reduce your blood pressure and prevent hearing damage. Don’t neglect high blood pressure or wait to consult a doctor. Blood pressure management includes correct diet, exercise, stress management, and following your doctor’s advice.

2. Quit Smoking

Here’s one more reason to quit: People who smoke are 15% more likely to develop hearing loss. Even more alarming: Individuals who are frequently subjected to second-hand smoke are 28% more likely to develop hearing problems. The harmful consequences of second-hand smoke are not only harmful, they also hang in the air for long periods.

If you smoke, protect your hearing and consider quitting. Take measures to minimize your exposure to second-hand smoke if you hang out with a smoker.

3. Manage Your Diabetes

Diabetes or pre-diabetes affects one in four adults. Unless they make some serious lifestyle changes, somebody who is pre-diabetic will very likely get diabetes within 5 years.

Blood vessels that are injured by high blood sugar don’t efficiently transport nutrients. A diabetic person is more than two times as likely to cope with hearing loss compared to a non-diabetic individual.

If you suffer from diabetes, take the steps necessary to correctly control it. If you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, protect your hearing by making lifestyle changes to avoid it.

4. Lose Some Weight

This is more about your health than feeling great about how you look. Hearing loss and other health problems rise as your Body Mass Index (BMI) rises. A slightly obese woman (with a 30 to 34 BMI) has a 17% higher chance of developing hearing loss. A moderately obese person has a 25% chance of hearing loss if they have a BMI of 40.

Take steps to shed that extra weight. Your life can be prolonged and your hearing can be protected by something as simple as walking for 30 minutes each day.

5. OTC Medicines Shouldn’t be Overused

Hearing impairment can be the outcome of certain over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The risk goes up when these medications are taken regularly over lengthy periods of time.

Drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin are known to cause hearing loss. Use these drugs in moderation and only with your doctor’s advice if you need to take them more frequently.

Studies reveal that you’ll probably be okay if you’re using these medications occasionally in the suggested doses. Using them on a daily basis, however, increases the chance of hearing loss by as much as 40% for men.

Your doctor’s orders should always be implemented. But if you’re taking these drugs every day to manage chronic pain or thin your blood, talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes you can implement to decrease your dependence on OTC drugs.

6. Eat More Broccoli

Broccoli is high in nutrients and vitamins like C and K and also is high in iron. Iron is vital to blood circulation and a healthy heart. Iron helps your blood transport oxygen and nutrients to cells to keep them healthy and nourished.

For vegetarians or people who don’t eat much meat, eating a sufficient amount of plant-based iron is essential. The iron found in plants is not as bioavailable as the iron in meat so people in this group are more likely to be deficient in iron.

More than 300,000 people were examined by Pennsylvania State University. People who have anemia (extreme iron deficiency) are twice as likely, according to this research, to develop sensorineural hearing loss than people who have typical iron concentrations. Sensorineural hearing loss is the scientific term for permanent hearing loss related to aging.

Sound is picked up and transmitted to the brain by tiny little hairs in the inner ear which vibrate with the frequency and volume of that sound. If an iron deficiency or poor circulation causes these little hairs to die they will be gone forever.

You’re never too young to get your hearing checked, so don’t wait until it gets worse. Prevent hearing loss by using these simple tips in your daily life.

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