Is your TV volume constantly set to high? Do you survive social occasions by smiling and nodding, desperately hoping that it will get you through conversations that you simply cannot hear? Do the people you live with have to repeat themselves routinely? It could well be that you are one of the 48 million Americans who are suffering from hearing loss.
Good news! There are many ways to look after your hearing naturally and prevent further deterioration. Read on for some handy tips to save your ears and fight the effects of hearing loss.
Get on the go
Cardiovascular activity promotes better circulation, pumping vital blood to your vital organs, and your ears. Getting your 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week will increase your chances of healthy hearing – and a healthy body overall.
People are becoming increasingly aware of the negative impact of stress on the human body. Stress can create a whole host of physical problems, and these include ear issues such as hearing loss or tinnitus. Incorporating relaxation routines into your daily life can help reset the body and reduce the chances of this happening.
Try to resist the temptation to blast music or television at full volume. Scientists have found that anything above 85 decibels can cause issues. Most daily noises are safe; in fact the only everyday sounds that hit these volumes are firecrackers and sirens, which tend to be out of our control.
Get the supplements in
There are a range of vitamins and minerals that can help fight hearing loss. These include folic acid, zinc, potassium and magnesium. You can incorporate these into your diet by eating whole grains, plenty of fruit and vegetables, low-fat dairy and even dark chocolate, or buy them at your local health store.
And finally…quit smoking
We know you have heard it before, but it would be very difficult to actually find an argument against quitting smoking. One of the extensive list of health benefits of cutting out cigarettes is reducing your chances of hearing loss.
Start to employ any – or ideally all – of these healthy habits and start making a difference to your hearing health now.