If you’ve been thinking about finally doing something about those bad habits, now may be the time. Not only do they cost you money and decrease your quality of life, they can have a major impact on your health, including your hearing.
Below are five habits that have been linked to hearing loss.
Smoking cigarettes is a bad habit that is wreaking havoc on almost all aspects of your health.
Nicotine can restrict the blood flow to your ears, which can permanently damage the tiny hair cells within your inner ear responsible for helping you hear.
In addition to hurting you, cigarette smoke is harmful to those around you. Studies have shown that adolescents exposed to second-hand smoke were nearly twice as likely to experience low-frequency hearing loss as compared to those with no exposure.
What was once touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes have their own set of problems. Since they contain nicotine, they put your ears at just as much risk.
In addition, the “juice” used in vaping contains a number of harmful chemicals. One those chemicals, propylene glycol, has been linked to sudden hearing loss.
Drinking can have a number of negative impacts on your life. Some experts think that alcohol can interfere with your ability to interpret low-frequency sound.
In addition, the part of the brain that interprets sound may shrink in those who drink excessively.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Taking good care of your teeth may seem far removed from your hearing. But it turns out, poor oral hygiene can lead to an increase in bacteria in your mouth, which can enter your bloodstream and cause to infections and swelling. This can lead to poor circulation and damage to the hair cells in the inner ear.
Hearing Loss Denial
It is easy for people to ignore the early signs of hearing loss. In fact, it takes an average of seven years for someone to finally seek help. In addition to missing out on years of inside jokes and quiet conversations, untreated hearing loss can have a lasting impact on your health. The longer your brain is missing out on key information from your ears, the higher your risk of cognitive decline.
To learn more about the signs of hearing loss or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Hearing Zone today.