You’ve most likely already noticed that your hearing is failing. Hearing loss often progresses because of decisions you make without recognizing they’re impacting your hearing.
Many kinds of hearing impairment are avoidable with several basic lifestyle changes. Let’s look at six unexpected secrets that will help you preserve your hearing.
1. Regulate Your Blood Pressure
It’s not good if your blood pressure stays high. A study found that individuals with above-average blood pressure are 52% more likely to develop hearing loss, not to mention other health problems.
Reduce damage to your hearing by taking measures to lower your blood pressure. Don’t ignore high blood pressure or wait to see a doctor. Management of blood pressure includes correct diet, exercise, stress management, and following your doctor’s orders.
2. Quit Smoking
Here’s one more reason to quit: Hearing loss is 15% more likely to impact smokers. What’s even more alarming is that there’s a 28% higher chance of someone experiencing hearing problems if they are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke. Even if you go away from the room, smoke hangs around for long periods of time with unhealthy consequences.
If you smoke, protect your hearing and consider quitting. If you spend time with a smoker, take steps to reduce your exposure to second-hand smoke.
3. Control Your Diabetes
One out of four adults is either pre-diabetic or diabetic. A pre-diabetic individual is very likely to develop diabetes within 5 years unless they make significant lifestyle changes.
High blood sugar damages blood vessels, which makes it extremely hard for them to efficiently transport nutrients. A diabetic individual is more than twice as likely to experience hearing loss compared to a non-diabetic individual.
If you have diabetes, take the steps necessary 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 great about yourself. It’s about your health. As your Body Mass Index (BMI) goes up, so does your possibility of hearing loss and other health problems. A slightly obese woman (with a 30 to 34 BMI) has a 17% increased risk of developing hearing loss. For somebody with a BMI of 40 (moderate obesity), the risk increases to 25%.
Take steps to lose that extra weight. Your life can be prolonged and your hearing can be protected by something as basic as walking for 30 minutes every day.
5. Don’t Overuse OTC Drugs
Hearing loss can be the outcome of certain over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The risk rises when these drugs are taken on a regular basis over prolonged periods of time.
Medications like acetaminophen, naproxen, ibuprofen, 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 regularly.
Studies show that you’ll probably be fine if you’re taking these medications periodically in the suggested doses. The risk of hearing loss increases up to 40% for men, however, when these medications are taken on a daily basis.
Always follow your doctor’s orders. But if you’re taking these drugs every day to deal with chronic pain or thin your blood, talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your dependence on OTC drugs.
6. Eat More Broccoli
Broccoli is high in nutrients and vitamins like C and K and also has lots of iron. Iron is essential to a healthy heart and proper 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.
For vegetarians or individuals who don’t eat meat very often, eating a sufficient amount of plant-based iron is important. 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 individuals were examined by Pennsylvania State University. People who have anemia (severe iron deficiency) are twice as likely, according to this research, to experience sensorineural hearing loss than people who have typical iron concentrations. Age-related permanent hearing loss is what the technical term “sensorineural hearing loss” refers to.
Sound is picked up and sent to the brain by delicate little hairs in the inner ear which resonate with the volume and frequency of that sound. If these hair cells die due to poor circulation or other concerns arising from iron deficiency, they never grow back.
Don’t wait to get a hearing exam because you’re never too young. Implement these steps into your life and reduce hearing loss.