It’s likely that you’ve already noticed that you don’t hear as well as you once did. Hearing loss often develops as a result of decisions you make without knowing they’re affecting your hearing.
Many kinds of hearing loss are preventable with several basic lifestyle changes. What follows are 6 tips that will help you preserve your hearing.
1. Manage Your Blood Pressure
It’s not good if your blood pressure stays high. A study revealed that hearing loss was 52% more likely with people who have above average blood pressure and they are more likely to have other health issues also.
Reduce injury to your hearing by taking steps to lower your blood pressure. Don’t dismiss high blood pressure or wait to consult a doctor. Following your doctor’s advice, eating a healthy diet, managing stress, and exercising regularly are all parts of blood pressure management.
2. Stop Smoking
There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking, here’s yet another: People who smoke are 15% more likely to suffer from hearing loss. What’s even more alarming is that there’s a 28% higher chance of someone developing hearing issues if they are frequently subjected to second-hand smoke. The harmful repercussions of second-hand smoke are not only harmful, they also linger in the air for long periods.
Consider protecting your hearing, if you smoke, by quitting. Take steps 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 out of four adults. A pre-diabetic person is very likely to develop diabetes within 5 years if they don’t make significant lifestyle changes.
High blood sugar harms blood vessels, which makes it very hard for them to effectively transport nutrients. A diabetic individual 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 required to properly manage it. Safeguard your hearing by making lifestyle changes if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes.
4. Lose Some Weight
This is more about your health than feeling good about how you look. Hearing loss and other health disorders rise as your Body Mass Index (BMI) rises. The risk of getting hearing loss rises by 17% for a slightly obese woman with a BMI of 30 to 34. For someone with a BMI of 40 (moderate obesity), the risk rises to 25%.
Work to eliminate some of that excess weight. Something as simple as walking for 30 minutes every day can decrease your risk of hearing loss and prolong your life.
5. OTC Medications Shouldn’t be Overused
Certain 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.
Common over-the-counter medications that affect hearing include aspirin, NSAIDs (such as naproxen, ibuprofen), and acetaminophen. Take these medications moderately and seek advice from your doctor if you’re taking them on a regular basis.
Studies demonstrate that you’ll most likely be fine if you’re using these medications periodically in the suggested doses. The risk of hearing loss increases up to 40% for men, however, when these medicines are used on a daily basis.
Always follow your doctor’s orders. But if you’re using these medications each day to manage chronic pain or thin your blood, talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes you can implement to lessen your dependence on OTC drugs.
6. Eat More Broccoli
Broccoli is packed with nutrients and vitamins including 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 an important part of this process.
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 studied by Pennsylvania State University. The researchers found participants with anemia (extreme iron deficiency) were twice as likely to develop sensorineural hearing loss as those without the condition. Age-related irreversible hearing loss is what the technical term “sensorineural hearing loss” refers to.
The inner ear has tiny hair cells that pick up sounds and interact with the brain to transmit the volume and frequency of those sounds. If an iron deficiency or poor circulation causes these little hairs to die they will never grow back.
You’re never too young to get your hearing tested, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Counter hearing loss by applying these simple secrets in your daily life.