Hearing loss is something that a lot of people struggle with in later life but often, the damage starts when you’re younger. You probably already know that loud noises do damage to your ears so you need to stop blasting music through headphones if you want your hearing to last longer. But there are all sorts of other things that could cause hearing loss and some of them might surprise you. These are the things that you never would have guessed could damage your hearing.
I don’t need to tell you that smoking is bad for your health. There is an endless list of health problems that are caused by smoking but now research suggests that it could be damaging your ears anymore. The nicotine in cigarette smoke causes blood vessels to contract which means that you get a lack of oxygen coming into the ear which causes permanent damage. So, if you’re smoking, you’re not only damaging your health and spending loads of money of cigarettes, you’re also damaging your ears and you’ll have to pay out for hearing aids and hearing aid repair on top of that. If you’re a smoker and all of the other reasons didn’t convince you to stop, maybe this will convince you to finally kick the habit.
Stress is another thing that causes all sorts of health problems but we’ve only recently started to understand just how damaging it can be. It’s now common knowledge that it causes a lot of mental health problems if it’s not dealt with effectively. Researchers have also found a correlation between people with high-stress levels and hearing loss. They’re not exactly sure why yet but it’s thought that, because people that are stressed are more prone to illness generally, they’re more likely to get infections which could then lead to hearing loss. That’s just another reason why you need to manage your stress more effectively.
This is a tricky one because you’re only going to take painkillers if you’ve already got a health issue, but they could be causing more problems in your ears. Studies show that if you’re taking ibuprofen or more than twice a week could reduce oxygen flow to your ears. That essentially causes the same kind of damage to your hearing that smoking does. If you need to take painkillers, you need to make sure that you’re not taking it unless you really need it and you take a break every couple of days.
Anybody that has allergies already knows how much of a pain it can be, but did you know that they cause damage to the ears as well? The allergic reaction that causes sneezing and sniffing also causes a swelling in the inner ear and leads to an increase in fluid and wax build up. When that happens on a regular basis, it can lead to lasting damage in the ears.
Hearing loss can be very isolating because it makes it difficult to get involved in social situations which is why it’s important that you take steps to combat it. But loud noises aren’t the only thing that will damage your ears, you’ve got to consider all of these unexpected causes as well.