Hand holding hearing protection earmuffs that can prevent hearing loss.

Chances are you’ve already observed that you don’t hear as well as you used to. In most cases, we don’t even recognize that our choices are negatively affecting our hearing.

With a few basic lifestyle changes, many kinds of hearing loss can be avoided. What follows are 6 tips that will help you maintain your hearing.

1. Regulate Your Blood Pressure

Persistently high blood pressure is not good. A study found that hearing loss was 52% more likely with individuals who have above average blood pressure and they are more likely to have other health problems also.

Take steps to reduce your blood pressure and avoid hearing damage. See a doctor as soon as possible and never disregard your high blood pressure. Blood pressure management includes proper diet, exercise, stress management, and following your doctor’s orders.

2. Quit Smoking

There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking, here’s yet another: People who smoke are 15% more likely to suffer from hearing loss. Even more shocking: Individuals who are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke are 28% more likely to develop hearing problems. The hazardous consequences of second-hand smoke are not only harmful, they also stay in the air for long periods.

Think about protecting your hearing, if you’re a smoker, by quitting. Take measures to minimize your exposure to second-hand smoke if you spend time with a smoker.

3. Regulate Your Diabetes

Diabetes or pre-diabetes impacts one out of four adults. Unless they make some serious lifestyle changes, someone who is pre-diabetic will very likely get diabetes within 5 years.

Blood vessels that are injured by high blood sugar don’t effectively transport 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 have diabetes, safeguard your hearing by taking the appropriate steps to control it. Protect your hearing by making lifestyle changes if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes.

4. Lose Some Weight

This isn’t about body image or feeling good about yourself. It’s about your health. Hearing loss and other health conditions increase 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. For a person with a BMI of 40 (moderate obesity), the risk rises to 25%.

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

5. Don’t Overuse OTC Drugs

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

Medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin are known to lead to hearing loss. Take these medications moderately and talk to your doctor if you’re taking them regularly.

If you’re taking the suggested dose for the periodic headache, studies indicate you’ll most likely be okay. The risk of hearing loss increases up to 40% for men, however, when these medications are taken on a daily basis.

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

6. Eat More Broccoli

Broccoli is high in nutrients and vitamins such as C and K and also has lots of iron. Iron is vital to blood circulation and a healthy heart. Nutrients and oxygen are carried to your cells which helps keep them nourished and healthy and iron is a significant part of this process.

For vegetarians or individuals who don’t eat meat very often, eating a sufficient amount of plant-based iron is important. 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 individuals were examined by Pennsylvania State University. Individuals who have anemia (severe iron deficiency) are two times as likely, according to this research, to experience sensorineural hearing loss than people who have normal iron concentrations. Age-related permanent hearing loss is what the technical term “sensorineural hearing loss” refers to.

The inner ear has fragile hair cells that pick up sounds and connect with the brain to transmit the volume and frequency of those sounds. If an iron deficiency or poor circulation causes these little hairs to die they will be gone forever.

Don’t wait to get a hearing test because you’re never too young. Implement these steps into your life and prevent hearing loss.

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