If you’re struggling to hear properly but are avoiding having a hearing test and getting hearing aids, you might be interested to know that a range of recent studies show that untreated hearing loss can lead to a greater risk of problems in later life related to cognitive issues – that is, memory, language, thinking and judgment.
Exposure to loud noise on a prolonged and repeated basis can damage your hearing. Research confirms that noise-induced hearing loss is the second most common form of hearing loss after age-related hearing loss. However, it is avoidable.
Snoring has long been held as one of those funny things that humans do. But if you have a partner who snores you’ll know it’s no laughing matter. You’re short of sleep all the time and you often end up sleeping in the spare room or on the sofa to escape. And to add insult to injury, if your bedfellow is a particularly loud snorer – and some snores can be up to 90 decibels or beyond (the same as a jackhammer) – you are likely to be compromising your hearing too.
Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source. For some people it manifests as a ringing in the ears, for others it can be a buzzing or humming, roaring or clicking sound. When it’s unmanaged, tinnitus can stop you from concentrating properly or hearing clearly. It can affect your sleep and your ability to relax and can seriously impact your quality of life.