We have all heard it said about some people that “noise doesn’t bother them, they can sleep through anything.” Well, yes and no. The fact is that, even though a person may not be awakened by loud noise, it still registers in the brain. Our evolutionary response to loud noise is one of fear and arousal. When a brain registers loud noise, the nervous system is alerted to possible peril. As a consequence of these constant nervous responses, our nervous systems become stressed out, and the incidence of heart attacks and high blood pressure rises. According to one study, people living in noisier neighborhoods have a 17 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease (including stroke and hypertension).
P.S. More than 20 studies suggest that noise pollution can adversely affect children’s learning outcomes and cognitive performance.
We can’t emphasize it enough—protect your hearing! When irreversible damage has been done, however, come see us at EAR & HEARING CLINIC for a comprehensive hearing evaluation by a Doctor of Audiology. You’ll be amazed at the variety of hearing instruments available today and how they can enhance your hearing, and we’ll advise you which one would be of the most benefit to your individual needs. We will also be glad to show you different kinds of hearing protection devices. Call for an appointment at one of our three convenient locations to “Hear the Sounds of Life.”