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Sometimes a Simple Problem Can Cause a Major Health Scare

Sometimes a simple problem can cause a major health scare.

A few weeks ago, my mother was struggling to hear and even navigate around her home. She was hit with a severe dizzy spell, and after it did not subside for a day, decided to visit her doctor.

The doctor took a look and identified her problem instantly: she was having trouble with hearing and her equilibrium because one of her ears was filled with wax.

She was shocked, but the doctor assured her it could be easily taken care of and she’d be on her way.

What surprised her most was that her ear had filled with wax that had become impacted. She doesn’t use q-tips and practices good ear health.

The doctor said it can just happen with age. Most people, he said, rarely notice.

In any event, she had her ear flushed at the doctor’s office and was back to her daily life that afternoon.

Hearing loss can sometimes be a little more complex. My father, for example, was having trouble hearing a few years ago and the doctor determined he had liquid dripping into his ear. A stint was installed and he has since restored his hearing.

Both cases are certainly scary, but both had a relatively easy fix.

Taking care of your ears and acting on it when you realize hearing is dropping off can pay off. First, it may offer a quick fix. Second, it can prevent problems from getting worse. Third, it can help maintain hearing at a high level.

Hearing at a high level can play a major role in mental health. When lost hearing is ignored, it can promote social isolation, low self-esteem, and depression. Poor hearing is also associated with dementia risk.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.

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