Your hearing is important and it’s something we all tend to take for granted until we have a problem. But you could be damaging your hearing on a daily basis without even realizing it. In order to protect your hearing going forward, you need to think about how you make some changes to your lifestyle. We’re going to talk about the various ways in which your hearing might be getting damaged by the things you do each day.
Standing Too Close to the Speakers
If you’re someone who likes to attend live music events and other events of that kind, you should pay attention to the impact of standing too close to the speakers. That loud volume can be too much and wearing some form of hearing protection might be necessary. The same applies to listening to music too loud through headphones, and we’ll talk about that later.
Using Certain Types of Medication
Of course, we all need to take the right meditation if we have a health problem, but it’s always worth paying attention to the side effects and making a change to your medication when necessary. It might be the case that any ototoxic medication that you take impacts your hearing, so pay attention to that and speak to your doctor about any hearing loss you experience.
Inappropriately Dealing with Ear Wax
There are right ways and wrong ways to deal with ear wax. First of all, ear wax should be dealt with because when it builds up, it can lead to hearing loss. However, poking cotton buds around in your ear is not the way to deal with the situation because this can compact the ear wax and compound any hearing loss that’s experienced. Instead, have a nurse or doctor remove the wax correctly.
Using Headphones While Cycling
When you’re cycling, you might want to listen to music. But the problem with that is the environmental sound you get when cycling usually causes you to turn the sound up on your headphones. And that then leads to your ears being exposed to volumes that are far too loud. You should learn more about how things like this can result in tinnitus by following that link.
Being a Smoker
Finally, you should think about how smoking can impact your hearing. We all know about the ways in which smoking can damage your lungs, skin and taste buds. But it also damages your ears and hearing too. If you haven’t found a reason to give up smoking yet, this is another one to add to your list. Now is definitely the time for you to quit.
As you can see, there are all kinds of ways in which we damage our hearing without even noticing it. All of the things we’ve discussed above will have a negative impact on your hearing and they can all be avoided with the right lifestyle choices. So prioritize tackling the issues discussed above.
What other ways do you think can damage your hearing without you knowing? Let me know in the comments below!