Noise Pollution & the Effect on your Health

Noise Pollution & the Effect on your Health

How Noise Pollution Can Affect Your Health Noise pollution is quickly becoming more and more of an issue for people, especially those living in big cities. The Guardian recently published an article with findings that showed not only can a loud bang trigger a heart attack, a low rumbling noise can too. There are various different studies which suggest a link between noise pollution and high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure. Noise pollution can also increase the risk of tinnitus. This often leaves the sufferer with a ringing or buzzing in their ears. Tinnitus often occurs after exposure to an especially loud activity. How to Protect Yourself Before you get too worried, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce any risk to your hearing. Wearing earplugs at night is a great way to block out any outside noise. If you’re not a fan of earplugs, try playing some relaxing music. This could take on any form that you find relaxing. Some people find classical music works for them but others look for more alternative noise such as whale noise. Another thing to try if you live next to a busy road is move your bedroom to the back of the house where you are less likely to hear traffic during the early hours. This could even improve your sleep quality, not just help protect your hearing. Often outside noise that you can hear in your home can be reduced by upgrading your windows. If you have double glazed windows, you are much less likely to hear any outside noise. Some manufacturing companies also offer...
Musician Wins Legal Case Against Royal Opera House

Musician Wins Legal Case Against Royal Opera House

Viola Player has Irreversible Damage to Hearing at Royal Opera House We told you in 2016 about a viola player who had his hearing damaged during a performance at the Royal Opera House. Chris Goldscheider performed with the orchestra in 2012 where he sat in front of the brass instrument section. During the performance, the noise level exceeded 130 decibels (equivalent to a jet plane). Groundbreaking Victory We are delighted to tell you that Mr Goldscheider has won his case (as reported by the BBC). This victory could have huge repercussions for the whole music industry. This is the first case to go to court where a judge has ruled in the musicians’ favour. She scrutinised the industry’s obligation to their musician’s welfare. The Royal Opera House are said to be surprised and disappointed by the ruling. This is a fantastic result for musicians as it means the music industry will need asses their current procedures and policies in order to protect musicians or face potential legal action. Acoustic Shock Mr Goldscheider sued for acoustic shock which has symptoms of tinnitus, hyperacusis and dizziness. He now has to wear ear defenders when completing his usual day to day tasks, even preparing food. The Royal Opera House argued that acoustic shock does not exist, suggesting that Mr Goldscheider developed Meniere’s disease at that exact moment of the performance. The judge thought this was stretching the term coincidence too far. Ear Protection This case demonstrates how important it is to protect your ears from such high noise levels so if you would like any advice, please do contact us at Veritas...
Veritas Hearing Malta a great success – new premier clinic, helping thousands with their hearing

Veritas Hearing Malta a great success – new premier clinic, helping thousands with their hearing

MP Ivan Bartolo opens Malta’s premier hearing clinic in San Giljan We had our launch at Veritas Hearing Malta just last week and it was a tremendous success! As mentioned before, the Hon Ivan Bartolo was there to cut the ribbon for our very first day. He also gave a speech to the community at the clinic, praising the opening as it would help the people in San Giljan. He also mentioned how he had been helped by previously by our sister Chiropractic clinic. Mr Bartolo had this to say after the opening: “Thanks to all the staff at Veritas Hearing Clinic St Juliens. Thanks for making sure that all your clients are comfortable, such as treating them good. Thanks for inviting me, once again!”. The new state of the art clinic will be able to offer the finest in hearing care for those with tinnitus, hearing loss and a need for hearing aids. The day started out well with a queue running all the way outside the clinic for our free hearing screener. The screener tells you whether you have a hearing loss or not and if a full hearing consultation might be worthwhile. We had people from across the community in San Giljan join us for the day. Robin, Veritas Hearing Malta’s Consultant Hearing Aid Expert was there to celebrate along with his wife Heather and their two daughters. The opening was complete with balloons, food, champagne and a fantastic atmosphere. First private audiology sound booth in Malta   Veritas Hearing Malta are proud to say we are the only private hearing clinic with a sound booth. Our sound...
Earwax removal: how to keep your ears unblocked and safe

Earwax removal: how to keep your ears unblocked and safe

Earwax removal can be a pretty scary thing when it’s your first time. However, most people don’t realise that it’s very common. It’s so common in fact, that it’s the most likely reason for temporary hearing loss. No need to be embarrassed as you’re not the only one having problems with earwax. It’s natural for there to be a build up from time to time. Below are the two types of earwax removal you will come across with the advantages and disadvantages as well as how to protect your ears. Microsuction Microsuction is a newer form of earwax removal and the preferred option. Not only do you not need to soften the wax using olive oil or ear drops in most cases, it doesn’t leave the ear waterlogged after the procedure. In addition, it is less likely to cause an ear infection as can happen sometimes with irrigation. Microsuction earwax removal works by placing what might as well be a vacuum cleaner into the ear. This then sucks the earwax out. Some clinics will have camera on the end of the microsuction device with a television screen so you can see the earwax as it’s being removed. Irrigation This is the form of wax removal you are more likely to come across at your GP surgery. Irrigation involves pumping water into the ear and holding a pan on the neck of the patient till all the wax gets flushed out. The downside to irrigation is that you usually have to spend a couple of weeks softening the wax with olive oil or ear drops. If you’re looking to have the...
Noise in Malta: What to avoid for long, healthy and happy hearing

Noise in Malta: What to avoid for long, healthy and happy hearing

Sometimes the noise in Malta can get a little much. This can be especially true for the tourists if they don’t know about the petards or the cicadas. As mentioned here before, hearing damage is something that can be reduced. This is so long as you’re careful about protecting yourself from some everyday noises. Below are four that you would do well to avoid by using earplugs, ear muffs (not all that recommended given hotter parts of the year) or just keeping your distance. Noise pollution isn’t just a nuisance, it’s dangerous to your health. So dangerous in fact, that it can lead to an early death. A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine published in the European Heart Journal increased the chances of death due to cardiovascular disease. That shouldn’t be surprising considering noise pollution leads to sleep deprivation, increased stress, anxiety and even depression. Traffic The scientists of the above study found deaths were 4% more common in adults and the elderly where daytime traffic noise was over 60dB compared to those who experienced daytime traffic noise at less than 55dB. Traffic can be as loud as 85dB, the level at which permanent hearing damage becomes a possibility. Granted, it takes up to 8 hours for permanent damage to occur to your hearing at this level. On the other hand, it can be anywhere up to 100dB where 15 minutes of exposure is enough to cause long-lasting damage. Being such a small island, it can be near impossible to avoid the traffic on Malta, but it’s worth noting how much an everyday noise...
Veritas Hearing Malta Grand Opening

Veritas Hearing Malta Grand Opening

After years of careful planning, Veritas Hearing Malta is finally nearly here! The opening has been years in the making and will be attended by the Hon Ivan Bartolo MP. Elected in June 2017, Mr Bartolo showed his commitment to the healthcare of his constituents by donating one of his kidneys to an anonymous patient just a month after being elected to the 11th District. After his shocking display of generosity, Mr Bartolo was praised by the speaker of the house for his “noble and altruistic gesture”. The opening will also be attended by Veritas’ Senior audiologist Robina Rayasat. Robin Gordon will be providing hearing care for Veritas’s first exciting week in Malta. Attendees can expect advice on your hearing from our Senior Audiologist and Veritas Hearing Malta’s Consultant Hearing Aid Expert, Robin. You can learn about the latest smart hearing technology, our same day microsuction earwax removal service, swimming protection and much more. Also expect to receive a hearing screener check absolutely free of charge from our friendly team. “Hearing is a right and not a privilege” Robin was Born in South Wales and is a self-proclaimed proud Welshman. He will be seeing his first patients as in Malta from the day of the grand opening. Having visited Malta many times, he is excited about “adopting the fantastic Maltese way of life”. He is beginning his new life here along with his wife, Heather and their five children. Asked how he’s feeling about starting his new life in Malta, he said “I’m looking forward to spending time in a fantastic country steeped in so much history and culture....

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