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You’ve probably already recognized that your hearing is failing. Normally, we don’t even realize that our decisions are negatively affecting our hearing.

Many kinds of hearing impairment are preventable with a few simple lifestyle changes. What follows are 6 secrets that will help you maintain your hearing.

1. Manage Your Blood Pressure

Consistently high blood pressure is not okay. A study found that people with higher than-average blood pressure are 52% more likely to have hearing loss, not to mention other health concerns.

Reduce injury to your hearing by taking measures to lower your blood pressure. Don’t ignore high blood pressure or wait to see a doctor. Following your doctor’s orders, managing stress, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise are all parts of blood pressure management.

2. Quit Smoking

There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking, here’s another: People who smoke are 15% more likely to develop hearing loss. What’s even more surprising is that there’s a 28% higher probability of someone experiencing hearing issues if they are regularly subjected to second-hand smoke. Even if you leave the room, smoke hangs around for long periods of time with detrimental repercussions.

If you smoke, protect your hearing and think about quitting. Take measures to reduce your exposure to second-hand smoke if you hang out with a smoker.

3. Manage Your Diabetes

Diabetes or pre-diabetes affects one in four adults. Unless they make some significant lifestyle changes, someone who is pre-diabetic will probably get diabetes within 5 years.

High blood sugar harms blood vessels, which makes it extremely difficult for them to efficiently carry nutrients. Compared to a person who doesn’t have diabetes, a diabetic person has more than twice the chance of developing hearing loss.

If you suffer from diabetes, protect your hearing by taking the proper steps to 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 your body image. Hearing loss and other health problems rise as your Body Mass Index (BMI) rises. The risk of getting hearing loss increases by 17% for a mildly obese woman with a BMI of 30 to 34. A moderately obese person has a 25% risk of hearing loss if they have a BMI of 40.

Take measures to shed that extra weight. Your life can be prolonged and your hearing can be safeguarded by something as simple as walking for 30 minutes each day.

5. OTC Medicines Shouldn’t be Overused

Hearing impairment can be the consequence of certain over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The danger goes up when these drugs are taken on a regular basis over lengthy periods of time.

Common over-the-counter drugs that affect hearing include aspirin, NSAIDs (such as naproxen, ibuprofen), and acetaminophen. Take these drugs in moderation and only with your doctor’s advice if you need to take them more regularly.

If you’re using the recommended dose for the periodic headache, studies indicate you’ll probably be fine. Using them on a daily basis, however, increases the chance of hearing loss by up to 40% for men.

Your doctor’s orders should always be implemented. Your doctor may be able to recommend some lifestyle changes that will lessen your dependence on these medications if you are using them every day.

6. Eat More Broccoli

Broccoli is high in nutrients and vitamins including C and K and also has lots of iron. Iron is vital to blood circulation and a healthy heart. Iron helps your blood carry oxygen and nutrients to cells to keep them healthy and nourished.

If you’re a vegetarian or don’t eat much meat, it’s critical that you consume enough plant-based iron. 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 people were examined 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 disorder. Age-related irreversible hearing loss is what the technical term “sensorineural hearing loss” refers to.

Sound is picked up and transmitted 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 as a result of poor circulation or other concerns related to iron deficiency, they never grow back.

You’re never too young to have your hearing checked, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Counter hearing loss by implementing these simple tips in your everyday life.

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