You’ve probably already recognized that your hearing is failing. Hearing loss frequently progresses because of decisions you make without realizing they’re impacting your hearing.
With a few simple lifestyle changes, many types of hearing loss can be avoided. Let’s explore six surprising secrets that will help you protect your hearing.
1. Regulate Your Blood Pressure
Persistently high blood pressure is not okay. A study found that people who have higher than-average blood pressure are 52% more likely to develop hearing loss, not to mention other health issues.
Prevent injury to your hearing by taking actions to lower your blood pressure. Don’t dismiss high blood pressure or wait to consult a doctor. Management of blood pressure includes proper diet, exercise, stress management, and following your doctor’s orders.
2. Stop Smoking
There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking, here’s another: Hearing loss is 15% more likely to affect smokers. What’s even more surprising is that there’s a 28% higher chance of someone developing hearing problems if they are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke. The dangerous repercussions of second-hand smoke are not only harmful, they also remain in the air for long periods.
Consider protecting your hearing, if you smoke, by quitting. Take measures to minimize your exposure to second-hand smoke if you hang out around a smoker.
3. Manage Your Diabetes
One out of four adults is either pre-diabetic or diabetic. A pre-diabetic person is highly likely to develop diabetes within 5 years if they don’t make significant lifestyle changes.
High blood sugar damages blood vessels, which makes it very difficult for them to effectively carry nutrients. A diabetic individual is more than twice as likely to cope with hearing loss compared to a non-diabetic individual.
If you have diabetes, protect your hearing by taking the proper steps to 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 good about your body image. Hearing loss and other health disorders rise as your Body Mass Index (BMI) rises. A mildly obese woman (with a 30 to 34 BMI) has a 17% higher chance of developing hearing loss. For somebody with a BMI of 40 (moderate obesity), the risk rises to 25%.
Take steps to shed that excess weight. Something as basic as walking for 30 minutes each day can lower your risk of hearing loss and prolong your life.
5. OTC Medicines Shouldn’t be Overused
Some over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can cause hearing loss. The danger rises when these medicines are taken on a regular basis over lengthy periods of time.
Common over-the-counter medicines that affect hearing include aspirin, NSAIDs (like naproxen, ibuprofen), and acetaminophen. Take these medications sparingly and consult your doctor if you’re using them on a regular basis.
If you’re using the suggested dose for the occasional headache, studies suggest you’ll probably be fine. Using them every day, however, raises the chance of hearing loss by up to 40% for men.
Your doctor’s orders should always be implemented. But if you’re using these drugs every day to manage chronic pain or thin your blood, speak with your doctor about lifestyle changes you can implement to lessen your dependence on OTC drugs.
6. Eat More Broccoli
Broccoli is loaded with iron in addition to essential nutrients like vitamins C and K. Iron is essential to blood circulation and a healthy heart. Nutrients and oxygen are carried to your cells which helps keep them nourished and healthy and iron is a significant part of this process.
For vegetarians or individuals who don’t eat much meat, eating a sufficient amount of plant-based iron is essential. You’re more likely to be iron deficient because the iron found in plants is less bioavailable than the iron found in meat.
More than 300,000 people were studied by Pennsylvania State University. People who have anemia (severe iron deficiency) are twice as likely, according to this research, to develop sensorineural hearing loss than individuals who have normal iron concentrations. Age-related permanent hearing loss is what the technical term “sensorineural hearing loss” refers to.
Sound is received and transmitted to the brain by tiny little hairs in the inner ear which vibrate with the volume and frequency of that sound. If an iron deficiency or poor circulation causes these delicate hairs to die they will 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.