A Possible Link Between Exercise & Reduced Risk for Hearing Loss

A Possible Link Between Exercise & Reduced Risk for Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Overall Health, Research

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D.

Is there no end to the wonders of exercise? It improves your mood, strengthens your body, and has a slew of other lifestyle advantages. Researchers have discovered a correlation between exercise and a lower chance of hearing loss in a new study. Incorporating a regular workout routine may now also lower your chances of developing hearing loss later in life.

The link between exercise and hearing loss

According to the findings of a study conducted at Johns Hopkins University, there is a strong correlation between a lack of physical activity and an increased risk of hearing loss. 

It all centers on age-related hearing loss. This form of hearing loss develops as the body, as well as the auditory system, ages. One in every three persons over the age of 65 suffers from age-related hearing loss. The inner ear’s small, sensitive nerve cells succumb to the passage of time and cease to operate as the bright and shiny receptors they once were.

The effects of noise on the ears

Hearing loss caused by genetics or a traumatic incident is unavoidable; however, many cases of hearing loss can be reduced by implementing healthy behaviors into your daily routine. 

When your ears are continually exposed to dangerously loud sounds over a long period, noise-induced hearing loss happens. One technique is to keep a close eye on your listening situations and think about how your ears are exposed to sound. While this will not completely eliminate the impacts of time on your body’s systems, it will assist in mitigating the consequences of noise damage to the inner ear’s sensitive nerve cells, reducing some of the possible damage. In this age of earphones and personal technology devices, this is crucial to pay attention to.

Why exercise helps

It is well understood that good blood flow is required for the auditory system to function correctly. It follows that increased blood flow due to a regular exercise routine is sufficient to reduce the risk of hearing loss.

Furthermore, a regular workout routine aids in the maintenance of your existing hearing capabilities. According to researchers, the fundamental structures of mice’s hearing systems begin to deteriorate when they are left sedentary. The various structures that promote proper hearing inactive mice in this experiment were unchanged.

Which kinds of exercise are best to prevent hearing loss?

As to be expected, the best exercise is whichever one you will enjoy enough to do regularly.  

Don’t believe that signing up for a gym membership in January and never going during the year would save you from getting a hearing loss diagnosis. More than likely, a regular twenty-minute walk will be enough to improve your chances of avoiding this diagnosis. After all, the benefits of exercise are so powerful and contagious that it’s only reasonable to want to keep pushing yourself. 

Perhaps the first year is merely a twenty-minute stroll as your mind and body acclimatize to this new habit. It often becomes a daily habit, similar to cleaning your teeth, to the point where the idea of going to the gym doesn’t seem so scary.

Keep positive

The attitude you bring to your workout might make all the difference. If you treat your daily half-hour or hour of exercise as a punishment, your drive to keep up the habit will wane, and you’ll find yourself creating excuses to skip a session.

Instead, concentrate on all of the benefits of physical activity:

  • Your body feels better.
  • Your mind is calmer.
  • You may be appreciating your body’s strength and capacity in ways you never had before.

This is because our bodies were designed to move and exert effort, so you’re essentially giving your body the medicine it needs.

The benefits are endless

A regular fitness regimen is a healthy approach to address the emotions and stress accompanying hearing loss if it develops or becomes a condition you’re coping with. It also has the added benefit of helping to settle moods and create post-workout tranquility. This mental attitude can assist you in dealing with even the most challenging situations. Contact us today for more information about hearing loss or to schedule a consultation.