Hurting Your Hearing; From Hobbies to Habits

June 24, 2015 7:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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Since childhood most of us have been instructed to be weary of rock-and-roll concerts and loud stereo systems, but what about hidden factors that fly under the radar? There are many culprits contributing to hearing loss that we might not think of as damaging or at all dangerous. Let us take a look into some surprising causes of hearing impairment.

HOBBIES

Just because we partake in certain activities for fun does not automatically make us exempt from hearing damage. There are many hobbies that may require a second glance to determine if they are dangerous for the ears. We can begin with any sort of transportation hobby–cars, planes, motorcycles, etc. may be having a tremendous effect on hearing. If you are on race tracks or on runways enjoying your free time there is a good chance there will be long term damage to your hearing. Always take necessary precautions to guard your ears, you can never be too careful! Another common hobby that could be overlooked is the shooting range– precautions are part of the sport however they may not always be enough. Never underestimate the power noise has, be overprotective of your ears and do not assume the current standards are enough. Lastly, sporting events can be damaging considering how high the decibels get in some of the stadiums and arenas. Think twice before going to a game unprotected—you may want to try bringing earplugs to guard your hearing. These are just a few of the many hobbies that could permanently damage your ears so think about what you do in your free time and consider if it may be negatively affecting your health.

JOBS

Career choice may also be another factor that could be slowly affecting your ability to hear. There are some people that work in professions that are well known to cause hearing loss problems such as construction workers, carpenters, and musicians, but consider other jobs that may be equally as loud but are not always considered hearing loss environments. What about the baristas, servers and bartenders of the world? Many occupations have loud environments—is your job creating hearing loss for you and your coworkers?

INTAKE

Theres a reason you are what you eatis such a popular saying–what we take in to our bodies directly affects how we function. Ears take in nourishment from the blood and if your diet contains a lot of fatty foods it can reduce blood supply to the ears, clearly this is problematic for maintaining hearing health. Having a salt heavy diet can also create fluid retention in the ears which leads to worsened sound perception–cut back on salty foods to help not only your ears but also your overall health. And it is not only about food intake that could be making things worse, one possible result of smoking—vascular insufficiency—can lead to permanent hearing damage. Certain medications can also affect the ears so ask your doctor specifically about hearing side effects and be aware of what you are consuming. Vitamin A and E are among many things that can help improve your hearing health–try introducing liver, eggs, or nuts into your diet to naturally aid ear health.

DAILY LIFE & HABITS

Some of the biggest factors of hearing loss are the day to day habits we partake in–blow-drying hair, mowing the lawn, using earbuds instead of headphones, sticking your finger or other foreign objects into your ear are only a few of the many causes. Even living in a city can increase your risk of hearing loss and it is important to be aware of simple, everyday things that may be slowly damaging your ears.

There is no way to fully escape from the damage that may be incurred from living your life, doing your job and enjoying your free time, but the important thing is to be aware of these potential damages so that you can take preventative measures to stop further damage. Get your hearing checked regularly and use the necessary precautions to ensure further damage is not done.

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