Read this article to learn how you can avoid the adverse consequences of unhealthy habits.

Quit Smoking

Smoking affects your health in many ways, including your ability to hear as you grow older. One burning cigarette exposes you to more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the American Lung Association. Some of them are capable of damaging the tiny mechanisms of the ear or the nerves that interpret sound.

Lower the volume

According to the World Health Organisation, the single considerable cause of preventable hearing loss is loud music. When listening to music through headphones it is important to remember that you should always be able to hear what is going on around you, otherwise it is too loud. The louder the volume the shorter your listening time should be. If you’re listening to music at 60% you should only do so for a duration of 60 minutes a day, and at maximum volume you should only listen for about 5 minutes a day.

Wear earplugs

A bad habit that many people subscribe to is being exposed to too many loud noises. This can come in the form of going to a concert or not wearing protection at a job site. No matter the cause, this constant bombardment by sound can leave a person suffering from permanent hearing loss due to trauma. These are just a few of the negative habits that result in hearing loss.

Lead a healthy lifestyle

One of the biggest problems that are facing the nation is that people keep eating bad foods and not exercising. As a result they are beginning to develop obesity and diabetes at an alarming rate. This can cause circulation in the body to slow to a crawl and not reach certain areas of the brain that are responsible for hearing. This leads to hearing loss in some individuals, and unfortunately, it is irreversible in most cases.

Don’t use a Q-tip

The most basic issue is that using a Q-tip is probably doing the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. Your intention is to get earwax out, but you’re probably just packing it deeper in there, which can plug up your ear canal and make you feel stuffy or itchy, or can interfere with your hearing. If the ear canal is totally blocked with wax you can get tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ear. The skin inside your ear canal is also really, really sensitive, so scraping around in there with a stick wrapped in cotton can scratch it, which leaves you open to ear infections. If an infection gets really bad you can get swimmer’s ear, which is when the skin swells up so much that it completely closes the ear canal. It’s also really painful.