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Preventing Hearing Loss
Time:2016-11-03

Preventing Hearing Loss

Whether you want to prevent hearing loss or have already experienced hearing loss, there are many steps you can take towards hearing loss prevention.
Exercising and hearing loss

Exercising can benefit your heart, your brain, your joints, your… hearing? According to the Clinic, exercise can help with weight loss, prevent a cornucopia of diseases (many of which come with the side effect of hearing loss), boost your mood, boost your energy, and promote better sleep. Hearing may not be listed directly, but exercise can and will impact your hearing health in a variety of ways.

A study on the link between female obesity and hearing loss found that women who were more active had a 15 percent lower risk of hearing loss than those who were less active. The women considered more active in the study walked at least two hours every week. That’s less than 20 minutes per day! Women who only walked one hour or less each week were considered less active and did not see this benefit.

Exercise not only helps prevents future hearing loss, but it also helps treat some of the side effects of existing hearing loss. There’s a strong link between hearing loss and depression, and research shows that exercise is an effective but underused treatment for mild to moderate depression. Exercising causes your brain to release feel-good endorphins, which automatically boost your mood.

There are many ways to maintain healthy hearing, including the use of ear protection when exposed to loud noises or to prevent and treat ear infections. But, as we’ve learned, a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and a balanced diet can also help prevent or delay hearing loss.