Snoring, which is common in adults,
is often described as a non-medically
But mounting evidence shows snoring
can cause damage at the cellular and
subcellular levels, says ear, nose and
throat surgeon Dr. Jason Chau, clinical
assistant professor in the University of
Calgary’s Department of Surgery.
And snoring can be especially
annoying for someone who sleeps with
(or near) a heavy snorer.
In Chau’s experience, “complete
elimination of snoring is often not
achievable. However, there are many
treatments that are successful in reducing
intensity and volume, which can
translate into better sleep quality.”
Also, lifestyle changes can help, such
as losing weight if you’re overweight,
quitting smoking and sleeping on your
side rather than on your back. Nasal
strips and nasal disks can also help..
In children, snoring is not normal
and should be investigated, he notes.
“Mention it to your family physician for
For more advice, visit MyHealth.
Wearing a hearing aid
“Often people are reluctant to obtain
a hearing aid for the first time. They
think it means they’re getting old,” says
Kathleen Jones, a registered audiologist
at Professional Audiology Clinic in
Edmonton. She says people typically
wait about seven years before dealing
with their hearing loss.
“Getting a hearing test doesn’t
necessarily mean that you need a hearing
aid. Start with an assessment to see
where you’re at,” she suggests.
“It’s also important to have a baseline
assessment in case your hearing changes
in the future. Research shows that the
sooner you do that, the better. If you
leave hearing loss untreated for many
years, there is a higher risk of dementia.
It’s all about the stimulation of those
Alberta Health Services offers hearing
assessments at a number of clinics in
Alberta. For the clinic nearest you, call
Health Link at 811.
Many people feel more uncomfortable
showing their feet than they do other
typically covered body parts. Yet regular
foot care “can go a long way to keeping
you comfortable in the activities you
do,” says podiatrist Dr. Neil Humble at
North West Foot Clinic in Calgary.
People with diabetes must be very
careful about caring for their feet due to
potential medical issues. And everyone
can benefit from foot checkups and
regular foot care.
It will help keep you moving, says
“It’s doubly important,” he adds,
“if there is a genetic predisposition to
problems like bunions, flat feet or other
If you still feel squeamish about
showing your toes, consider this:
healthcare providers have seen all kinds
of feet just like yours.
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