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Arthritis and Hearing Loss: 6 Essential Tips to Improve Your Hearing

The link between hearing loss and arthritis is not exactly new. Things you can do right now to improve your hearing health.
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Updated February 19, 2021
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According to statistics by the World Health Organization, about 466 million people across the world have disabling hearing loss, with 432 million of this number being adults. Hearing is an important factor that affects the quality of your life in many ways. Developing a hearing problem will affect almost everything about you, including your communication skills, your relationship with others, and even your ability to work effectively.

Furthermore, in a 2018 Clinical Rheumatology study, higher rates of sensorineural hearing loss were found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There is also evidence linking hearing loss with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Regardless of whether your current condition was caused by arthritis, it is possible to improve your hearing. In this post, will briefly discuss six tips that can help you achieve that:

Improve Your Overall Health

Hearing, like other functions of your body, depends on your overall health. The different parts of the body are connected, and improving overall health will benefit every system and organ of the body. Starting with your overall health is the best way to approach improving your aural faculty.

Use Hearing Aids

If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, the best way to preserve what remains is to use hearing aids. Your hearing healthcare provider will recommend the best type of hearing aid for you, and it is important you use them to protect yourself and improve your hearing. You can always turn to Helix Hearing Care for your hearing aids and solutions.

Engage In Yoga Exercises That Increases Blood Flow to the Ears

There are yoga exercises that are specifically designed to improve hearing. If you are already into yoga, these exercises may be the easiest way to improve your hearing. The yoga poses involved in these exercises are aimed at relaxing the muscles in your neck region, improving blood flow to your ear, as well as reducing stress.

Stop Smoking

Smoking affects your life in many negative ways, and hearing loss is just one of the many problems linked to the habit. Nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes tighten the blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the ear. Nicotine also affects the neurotransmitters in the auditory nerve negatively. Quitting smoking can improve your hearing significantly.

Avoid Loud Noises

There is no doubt that loud noises can hurt your ear and cause hearing loss. To prevent the problem, you have to stay away from excessive noise. Sound sources are considered too loud when they make you raise your voice in order to speak to other people, when you find it difficult to hear other people, or if your ears hurt when you are in a noisy environment.

Change Your Diet

Your diet can also help improve your aural faculties. Minimizing animal fat and refined carbohydrate in your diet can be very helpful in this regard. You should also add nuts, seeds, whole grains, and cold-water fish like salmon, trout, and herring to your diet.

Endnote

Inflammatory arthritis and medications used to treat the condition can possibly put patients at a risk of developing hearing issues. Nonetheless, it is possible to improve your aural faculties with the six methods we’ve listed above. We sincerely hope this helps you enjoy better hearing and improved quality of life.

Author

Lorna Frances is a nutritional medicine graduate and health and wellness writer at A-Z Healthy Families. She is an advocate of natural medicine and is passionate about finding natural solutions to common health issues. Connect with Lorna on Facebook and visit her profile here.

 

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