Hearing loss is a health issue that has many preventable solutions. Although hearing can degrade as we age, there are ways to inhibit hearing loss. But healthy hearing is not all about wearing earplugs at concerts and keeping our earbuds to a safe level, sometimes our hearing health has to do with our overall health.
Research has found that being overweight with a large waistline can put us at an increased risk for hearing loss. In a study called the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study more than 68,000 women over the age of 20 participated. Once the results were analyzed the investigation concluded that the higher a woman’s body mass index (body height to weight ratio), the greater the risk for hearing loss than women of normal weight.
Excess fat around the waistline can be particularly troubling for men and women due to the higher risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. So it comes as no surprise that hearing loss is another risk that can be avoided by choosing a healthier lifestyle. This does not mean adopting an insane 7-day-a-week training program with even more intense meal plans – this simply means integrating healthier habits.
One of the best ways to begin a healthier lifestyle is by walking – getting our bodies moving is the first step to slimming down. So put on your headphones (at a safe level), turn on your favorite music, and take a half hour walk around the neighborhood! Incorporating regular exercise will lead to a healthier body, a clearer mind and happier ears.
According to the American Journal of Medicine, taking a walk two or more hours a week can reduce the chance of hearing loss by up to 15 percent. A simple lifestyle change could be the solution not only to weight loss, but also hearing loss prevention. Set an alarm to take a stroll at lunch, wake up and take a few laps around the block or end your day with a nice neighborhood excursion. Tailor your routine to your needs and start hearing your best life!