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If you’re going to a Seahawks game, don’t forget to protect your ears to avoid permanent hearing loss. Here’s why.
Cranky spouses. Air mattresses in the guest room. Next-day exhaustion.
These are all symptoms of a very common habit: snoring.
Cold and flu season is upon us. With it, comes the dreaded stuffy nose. Add to that the pressure of congested sinuses and painfully plugged ears and you’ll be willing to try almost anything for relief. But beware: some over the counter decongestants carry hidden danger.
Last Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks football fans were recognized by Guinness World Records as the loudest in the world, measuring in at a staggering 136.6 decibels (dBs). Although the strong support from the “12th man” may have helped the Seahawks overcome a tough San Francisco team, this level of noise can be dangerous to spectators.
Are we living in an era of loud machines and toys? A quick stroll through shopping aisles at large chain toy stores or electronics resellers may convince you of that. I see more and more patients in my office with noise-induced hearing loss. Although this is not the most common cause of hearing loss, it is certainly the most common preventable cause.