Hearing loss is a disability that affects about 15% of Americans who are aged 18 and older. To put things into perspective, that’s 35 million Americans. Although the degree of hearing loss may be less severe than some, it would be ideal to act on improving your hearing health from a young age.
Take note that this is an impairment that chooses no age, and the old layman’s belief that it only affects the old is incorrect. Have no fear though as there are methods on enhancing your auditory system, and it would be best to incorporate these practices into your lifestyle.
Although hearing loss does affect people of all ages, age-related hearing loss, or also known as presbycusis, is the gradual deterioration of the inner ear as time passes. Exercise, however, has shown to delay the process.
A research exhibited that routinely working out slowed down the degeneration of the cochlea, which is the component of the inner ear that receives sound. In fact, a study done by the University of Miami showed that subjects aged over 50, who frequently engaged in moderate to high intensity cardiovascular exercises, had hearing health likened to a person who are in their 30’s.
Heart Health And Ear Health
Exercise has long been commended for the benefits it has to our cardiovascular system, but links have shown that people who suffer from heart disease have increased chances of obtaining a hearing disability. So keep in mind, whenever you are immersed in physical activity, you are not just doing your heart a favor but also your ears.
Yoga is also something you might want to look into, especially if you’re suffering from tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in your ears) as certain poses are available to treat it. This is a discipline that promotes proper circulation throughout the body, including through the auditory system. When performing this though, remember to breathe properly to promote a healthy amount of oxygen and blood flow.
The brain needs exercising, too. Your ears only receive sound but your brain is responsible for processing it.
Keep your brain sharp by undergoing certain listening tests with the help of a friend. One example is having your friend read a certain piece while transferring from room to room. Then pinpoint your friend’s location only by listening. For more tests you could refer to an expert so that they could advise you on what tests best suit your hearing condition.
Keep Your Ears Safe While Exercising
It’s essential that you avoid the habit of listening to excessively loud music while engrossed in physical activity. If you really need to listen to a song to get you pumped up, then keep it at a reasonable volume.
Invest in the proper ear protection when exercising while exposed to cold conditions, including the cold waters of a swimming pool or the sea, to avoid infection. For more tips on improving your ear health, call Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846.