By now we all know the physical benefits of exercise; weight loss, increased energy, physical strength, stamina, heart health, etc. We also know that exercise elevates our mood and makes us feel good, although it doesn’t always seem that way while we’re doing it. But did you know that regular exercise can decrease the likelihood of hearing loss?
According to Dr. Kathy Landau Goodman, audiologist and chairperson of the Audiology Awareness Campaign, exercise and proper nutrition are important in maintaining good hearing. In an article published by the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Dr. Landau Goodman stated, “Just as a healthy body is fostered through proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate rest and good hygienic practices, so is the ability to hear well.”
Some of the healthy practices that can help reduce the risk of hearing loss include maintaining a healthy weight, 20-30 minutes of sustained aerobic exercise five days per week, eating five servings of fruits/vegetables per day, eliminating smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, and reducing the loudness of music and other noise (obvious).
Another way to combat hearing loss is learning to play a musical instrument. According to the same article, “…people who regularly play musical instruments maintain their ability to better process and understand the sounds they hear in daily communication.”
Hearing loss is a major concern to music lovers and musicians. Whether you like to sing karaoke, play guitar, or just sit in a comfortable chair and listen to your favorite album, your quality of hearing can greatly affect your performance and/or level of enjoyment. So take care of yourself. Be good to your body and your body, including your ears, will be good to you.