Snoring, which is common in adults,is often described as a non-medicallyconcerning annoyance.
But mounting evidence shows snoringcan cause damage at the cellular andsubcellular levels, says ear, nose andthroat surgeon Dr. Jason Chau, clinicalassistant professor in the University ofCalgary’s Department of Surgery.
And snoring can be especiallyannoying 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 obtaina hearing aid for the first time. Theythink it means they’re getting old,” saysKathleen Jones, a registered audiologistat Professional Audiology Clinic inEdmonton. She says people typicallywait about seven years before dealingwith their hearing loss.
“Getting a hearing test doesn’tnecessarily mean that you need a hearingaid. Start with an assessment to seewhere 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 uncomfortableshowing their feet than they do othertypically covered body parts. Yet regularfoot care “can go a long way to keepingyou comfortable in the activities youdo,” says podiatrist Dr. Neil Humble atNorth West Foot Clinic in Calgary.
People with diabetes must be verycareful about caring for their feet due topotential medical issues. And everyonecan benefit from foot checkups andregular foot care.
It will help keep you moving, saysHumble.
“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.
man, I'm never going toget back to sleep now...