Are my personal habits causing my hearing loss?

It is understandable that people would want to do everything they can to protect their hearing ability, especially as they get older. The bad news is that hearing problems are becoming more and more common in the younger generation, but the good news is that there are many things a person does every day that can influence the health of his or her ears.

Daily Habits That May Cause Hearing Loss

Everything from diet and exercise to where you work can play a role in your hearing health. The most common daily activities that contribute to hearing problems include:

  • Smoking. Cigarette smoking causes dilation of the blood vessels, cutting off oxygen to the delicate hair cells in the ear. These cells may die and be unable to grow back without proper circulation, causing early or even permanent hearing loss.
  • Loud music. People of all ages have increased their use of personal music devices, most of which are played at volumes that are not safe for daily listening. The risk increases when these devices are coupled with earbuds, which send loud music directly into the ear canal.
  • Poor diets. The foods you eat can have a direct impact on your hearing ability. Diets that are high in salt and caffeine can cause hearing problems, while lack of certain vitamins (such as folic acid) may also contribute to early hearing loss.
  • Lack of ear protection. Many people perform loud tasks both at home and work without wearing adequate ear protection, putting their ears in danger. Employees in manufacturing, farming, and construction are at constant risk of dangerously high noise levels, while others suffer constant exposure to low-level noises that can gradually harm hearing over time. Whether you are working around loud machinery or simply mowing the lawn, you should always wear proper hearing protection (such as earplugs or earmuffs).

It’s never too late to make a positive impact on your hearing! Our hearing care specialists are available in several locations throughout Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico, allowing you to hear better now. Call us today at 888-280-7114 for details, or fill out our convenient contact form to schedule an appointment.