You’ve probably already recognized that your hearing is waning. Hearing loss frequently progresses because of decisions you make without recognizing they’re affecting your hearing.
Many kinds of hearing impairment are preventable with a few basic lifestyle changes. What follows are 6 secrets that will help you maintain your hearing.
1. Manage Your Blood Pressure
Persistently high blood pressure is not good. A study found that hearing loss was 52% more likely with individuals who have higher than average blood pressure and they are more likely to have other health issues as well.
Reduce damage to your hearing by taking measures to reduce your blood pressure. 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 another reason to quit: Smokers are 15% more likely to suffer from hearing loss. Even more alarming: Individuals who are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke are 28% more likely to develop hearing problems. The harmful repercussions of second-hand smoke are not only harmful, they also stay in the air for long periods.
Consider protecting your hearing, if you’re a smoker, by quitting. Take measures to reduce your exposure to second-hand smoke if you hang out around a smoker.
3. Keep Your Diabetes Under Control
One out of four adults is either pre-diabetic or diabetic. A pre-diabetic individual is extremely likely to get diabetes within 5 years if they don’t make significant lifestyle changes.
High blood sugar damages blood vessels, which makes it extremely hard for them to effectively 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, protect your hearing by taking the appropriate steps to manage it. If you are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, safeguard your hearing by making lifestyle changes to prevent it.
4. Lose Some Weight
This is more about your health than feeling great about how you look. As your Body Mass Index (BMI) rises, so does your risk of hearing loss and other health problems. The risk of getting hearing loss increases by 17% for a mildly obese woman with a BMI of 30 to 34. For a person with a BMI of 40 (moderate obesity), the risk rises to 25%.
Take measures to lose that excess weight. Something as simple as walking for 30 minutes every day can lower your risk of hearing loss and prolong your life.
5. OTC Drugs Shouldn’t be Overused
Certain over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can cause hearing loss. The more often these medicines are taken over a prolonged period of time, the higher the risk.
Typical over-the-counter medicines that affect hearing include aspirin, NSAIDs (such as naproxen, ibuprofen), and acetaminophen. Take these drugs in moderation and only with your doctor’s advice if you need to take them more regularly.
Studies reveal that you’ll probably be okay if you’re taking these medications periodically in the recommended doses. The danger of hearing loss increases up to 40% for men, however, when these medicines are taken on a day-to-day basis.
Always follow your doctor’s orders. But if you’re using these medicines each day to control chronic pain or thin your blood, speak with your doctor about lifestyle changes you can implement to reduce your dependence on OTC drugs.
6. Eat More Broccoli
Broccoli is packed with iron along with important nutrients like vitamins C and K. Iron is integral to a healthy heart and strong blood circulation. Oxygen and nutrients are carried to your cells which helps keep them healthy and nourished and iron is an important 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 examined over 300,000 individuals. The researchers determined participants with anemia (severe iron deficiency) were two times as likely to develop sensorineural hearing loss as those without the condition. Age-related permanent hearing loss is what the technical term “sensorineural hearing loss” refers to.
Sound is received and sent to the brain by tiny little hairs in the inner ear which vibrate with the volume and frequency of that sound. 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 exam because you’re never too young. Apply these steps to your life and prevent hearing loss.