You’ve probably already noticed that your hearing is failing. In most cases, we don’t even recognize that our choices are negatively affecting our hearing.
With a few basic lifestyle changes, many types of hearing loss can be prevented. What follows are 6 tips that will help you protect your hearing.
1. Regulate Your Blood Pressure
Consistently high blood pressure is not okay. A study revealed that people with higher than-average blood pressure are 52% more likely to develop hearing loss, not to mention other health concerns.
Avoid damage to your hearing by taking steps to reduce your blood pressure. Don’t ignore high blood pressure or wait to consult a doctor. Following your doctor’s guidance, managing stress, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise are all parts of blood pressure management.
2. Stop Smoking
There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking, here’s another: Hearing loss is 15% more likely to impact smokers. What’s even more alarming is that there’s a 28% higher chance of someone developing hearing problems if they are frequently subjected to second-hand smoke. Even if you leave the room, smoke lingers for long periods of time with harmful consequences.
Consider safeguarding your hearing, if you smoke, by quitting. If you spend time with a smoker, take steps to minimize your exposure to second-hand smoke.
3. Control Your Diabetes
Diabetes or pre-diabetes impacts one out of four adults. Unless they make some significant lifestyle changes, somebody who is pre-diabetic will very likely develop diabetes within 5 years.
Blood vessels that are injured by high blood sugar don’t efficiently transport nutrients. Compared to a person who doesn’t have diabetes, a diabetic person has more than twice the chance of developing hearing loss.
If you have diabetes, take the steps required to properly manage it. Protect your hearing by making lifestyle changes if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes.
4. Lose Some Weight
This isn’t about body image or feeling good about yourself. It’s about your health. Hearing loss and other health problems increase as your Body Mass Index (BMI) rises. A mildly obese woman (with a 30 to 34 BMI) has a 17% increased risk of developing hearing loss. A moderately obese individual has a 25% chance of hearing loss if they have a BMI of 40.
Work to get rid of some of that excess weight. Your life can be prolonged and your hearing can be safeguarded by something as simple as walking for 30 minutes every day.
5. OTC Drugs Shouldn’t be Overused
Some over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can result in hearing impairment. The risk goes up when these medications are taken on a regular basis over prolonged periods of time.
Typical over-the-counter medications that affect hearing include aspirin, NSAIDs (such as naproxen, ibuprofen), and acetaminophen. Take these drugs moderately and seek advice from your doctor if you’re using them on a regular basis.
If you’re using the recommended dose for the occasional headache, studies indicate you’ll probably be okay. Taking them every day, however, raises the risk of hearing loss by up to 40% for men.
Your doctor’s orders should always be implemented. But if you’re taking these drugs each 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 full of nutrients and vitamins such as C and K and also is high in iron. Iron is essential to blood circulation and a healthy heart. Oxygen and nutrients are carried to your cells which helps keep them healthy and nourished and iron is a major part of this process.
If you’re a vegetarian or eat very little meat, it’s critical that you consume enough plant-based iron. 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.
Pennsylvania State University researchers studied more than 300,000 individuals. Individuals who suffer from anemia (extreme iron deficiency) are two times as likely, according to this research, to experience sensorineural hearing loss than people who have normal iron concentrations. Sensorineural hearing loss is the scientific name for permanent hearing loss related to aging.
The inner ear has delicate hair cells that pick up sounds and communicate with the brain to transmit the volume and frequency of those sounds. If these hair cells die as a result of poor circulation or other complications related to iron deficiency, they never grow back.
Don’t wait to get a hearing test because you’re never too young. Apply these steps to your life and reduce hearing loss.