Does it sometimes feel like you just can’t turn off the noise?
Perhaps it’s a loud fan and a noisy vacuum—or outdoor leaf blowers, lawn mowers, cars, horns, and sirens.
Or maybe you even suffer from tinnitus, a constant ringing or buzzing in your ears.
Whatever the cause, the following remains true…
Constant or excessive exposure to loud noises can do a number on your hearing AND another very serious aspect of your health.
Let me explain…
Loud noises can hurt your heart
In some preliminary research, scientists looked at the link between noise exposure and major cardiovascular events, like heart attack and stroke.
They analyzed nearly 500 people with an average age of 56 without heart disease. And past medical records were evaluated to assess overall heart health.
Participants also underwent PET and CT imaging of their brains and blood vessel networks. Researchers used the scans to look at activity in the amygdala—a part of the brain that plays a key role in your body’s stress management and emotional response.
Then, levels of noise exposure were calculated based on data from the Department of Transportation’s Aviation and Highway Noise Map.
It turns out, over a five-year period, people with the highest exposure to noise pollution were three times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.
This held true even after researchers accounted for other obvious heart risk factors, like air and environmental pollution, smoking, and diabetes.
Of course, the brain scans offered a potential explanation…
Silence the noise
Subjects with the highest levels of noise exposure showed higher activity in the amygdala—as well as greater inflammation within their arteries.
And to me, that makes a lot of sense. Because that excessive activation of the body’s stress response likely set off a lethal domino effect.
So how can YOU help drown out the noise? Here are some recommendations:
- Avoid noisy environments whenever possible.
- Use earplugs, protective ear muffs, or noise-cancelling headphones.
- Keep the volume at a reasonable level when listening through earbuds or headphones.
And if you suspect you have hearing loss, constant noise exposure could make it worse. I encourage you to ask your doctor for a hearing checkup—then, heed his or her advice.
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“Chronic exposure to excess noise may increase risk for heart disease, stroke.” ScienceDaily, 11/05/2018. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181105081749.htm)