Regular readers of this column are continuously advised to shield their ears from noise, a common cause of hearing loss. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), noise pollution is one of the pressing threats to public health and is responsible for a range of health problems. Not only can persistent and/or overly loud noise damage the ears, but it can also give rise to sleep problems, stress, heart disease, and stroke. In addition, exposure to noise can even lead to weight gain.
P.S. The World Health Organization says that long-term exposure to sounds over 85 decibels (dB) can trigger high blood pressure and heart attacks.
Because the damage from noise exposure is usually gradual, you might not notice it, or you might ignore the signs of hearing loss until they become more pronounced. Over time, sounds may become distorted or muffled, and you might find it difficult to understand other people when they talk. To learn more about hearing loss, please call EAR & HEARING CLINIC. We are registered members of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. “Hear the Sounds of Life.”