Whether you like taking morning walks around your neighborhood or playing tennis at Lakewood Community Center, regular physical activity is a vital part of staying healthy and happy. Research has shown that regular exercise may reduce your risk of developing hearing loss.
Hearing Loss More Common in Less Active Older Adults
A study published in 2021 examined the exercise habits of 291 adults between the ages of 60-69 to see if there was any association between physical activity and hearing loss. They found that when compared to those with normal hearing, participants who had hearing loss:
- Engaged in less physical activity, whether light, moderate or vigorous
- Spent more time engaging in sedentary behaviors.
How Exercise May Affect Hearing Health
Exercise improves blood flow which benefits every organ of your body, including your ears. Hearing loss occurs when the tiny hair cells of your inner ear become damaged. Poor blood flow to the ears is one of the ways they can get damaged, which is why people who have conditions like heart disease or diabetes may be more at risk of hearing loss. Once these cells are damaged, they cannot regenerate or be repaired. Enough damage will lead to permanent hearing loss.
Can I Still Develop Hearing Loss If I’m Physically Active?
Unfortunately, yes. While exercise can offer protective benefits, there are many other factors that can contribute to developing hearing loss. Some of which are completely out of your control, such as certain genetic conditions. Other factors, like exposure to loud noise, you have more control over.
However, even though regular physical fitness is just one piece of the hearing health puzzle, the benefits of staying active are clear. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week to benefit your hearing health and stay feeling your best.
When Should I Get My Hearing Checked?
Regardless of how physically active you are, if you have noticed signs of hearing loss, like increased difficulty following conversations when at work or out and about in downtown Huntsville, schedule an appointment for a hearing test.
These are quick, non-invasive exams that provide your audiologist with information about the cause and severity of any hearing loss you might have and come up with the best treatment plan.
Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. The right pair will make it easier for you to communicate with others, maintain your independence and continue to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact North Alabama ENT Associates today.