Blood Pressure’s Effect on Your Hearing

It’s important for people – particularly the elderly – to understand the effects that blood pressure can have on hearing.  In particular, it’s important to understand the relationship of systolic and diastolic pressure.

High blood pressure is essentially an affliction in which the heart has to exert additional force in order to pump the same capacity of blood within an equal amount of time; this condition is also referred to as hypertension.  There are a number of factors that can contribute to the temporary rising of the blood pressure and they include:

• Smoking
• Stress
• Caffeine
• Exercise
• Cold temperatures
• Certain medications

All of these factors, or as many of them as possible, should be avoided before a blood pressure check is to be carried out.

Checking on whether your pressure is at a normal level includes the act of measuring the pressure of the blood that is flowing against the walls of the blood vessels, which are also known as the arteries. With age, the pressure of the blood has a propensity to change dramatically.  As a result, it is extremely crucial to check the blood pressure on a regular basis.

It has been estimated that 25 percent of adults are afflicted with high blood pressure.  Monitoring and managing this serious disease can assist in minimizing the risk of the number of complications that are association with the disease; the complications include stroke, heart disease and heart failure.  A blood pressure chart assists individuals in finding out whether or not their blood pressure is within a limit that is normal for their age and it serves as a signal that it is time to take the necessary actions to get the blood pressure back to normal.  You can find reliable ones online, however ensure that you download from a reputable source like a Health service, University or similar.  The NHS in the UK provides these although from some countries you may have to use a hide my ip online tool to bypass blocks on your IP address.

It is not always necessary to go to the hospital or have a consultation with your doctor in order to have your pressure checked; it can be effectively monitored at home.  This is of particular importance if the doctor recommends that it must be regularly monitored.  Make sure that when the check is being performed that it is done at the same time every day.  Based on the recommendation of your doctor, you may have to perform the check many times throughout the day to see whether your pressure fluctuates.

Before carrying out the check, ensure that you do the following:

• Find a place that is quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of your daily activities because you will have to hear the beat of your heart.

• Ensure that you are relaxed, comfortable and your bladder has been recently emptied, given that your reading may be affected by a full bladder.

• If necessary, take off any clothing that has tight sleeves or roll the sleeves up on your arm.

• Rest for between 5 and 10 minutes in a chair that is positioned close to a table.  Ensure that your arm is comfortably resting at heart level.  Put your back straight up against the chair with your legs uncrossed.  With you palm facing up, position the forearm on the table.

You are now ready to perform the check with the help of a digital or manual monitor and a blood pressure chart.

Jenny Collins

Author @USA proxy

Learning About Deaf Communities Through Wine

I’m a member of what I consider to be the best wine club around and they recently featured a wine by a deaf winemaker.  At first, I thought it was pretty cool on a number of levels, but then I thought-why is this so special?  Why take the time to mention that the winemaker is deaf?  Does that really have any affect, any affect at all on his ability to create a memorable wine?

Personally speaking, I don’t think so.  I honestly believe that deafness isn’t a handicap within the wine industry, especially for a winemaker whose job depends on things like chemistry and taste moreso than the ability to hear.

Oh well, eventually we’ll recognize disabilities for what they are and not prescibe undo influence to them.

Famous Deaf Musicians In History

Most people would probably list Ludwig van Beethoven as the most well-known deaf artist of the last several centuries. Pressed for names of more hearing-impaired musicians, however, and most people will not likely be able to name any more. Although Ludwig Van Beethoven is one of the most famous musicians in Western civilization, as well as being deaf, there are many other well-known deaf musicians in history. Read on to learn more about three of them.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven, a German composer and pianist of the eighteenth and nineteenth, only lived into his fifties. Despite the brevity of his life, he managed to compose in a variety of musical genres, including the symphony, and wrote more than thirty piano sonatas in the span of his career. (Just out of interest there is also a legend – or is it true? – that he would count out 60 coffee beans for every cup of cup of coffee he drank!)

Pete Townshend

Although he did not start out deaf, 20th century rock n roll legend Pete Townshend has been rocking hard for decades. The lasting effects on many musicians’ hearing of roaring amps and years of loud concerts include deafness and tinnitus. Townshend continues to perform with The Who, and has released an album as recently as 2006. He also composed a musical that same year. Much like Beethoven, whose deafness was degenerative and affected him over time, losing his hearing did not end his career, and indeed may have even heralded a new chapter of it.

Evelyn Glennie

A Scottish solo percussionist known for her numerous critical awards, including a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance in 1989. Profoudly deaf since the age of 12, Glennie’s relationship with music and performing is different than that of hearing musicians; she says she has taught herself to listen without her ears. Having become deaf at a much earlier age than either Beethoven or Townshend, the skills she has learned as a musician who can not hear may have been far different from theirs, but no less effective.

Jobs for the Deaf

I still have a hard time keeping track of exactly what to call those of us without the ability to hear, but it is encouraging that deafness is becoming part of the national conversation.  Part of that conversation, when deaf unemployment rates are at least 2-3x the national average has to be about jobs.  For many years, according to the winery owner I know that employs a few deaf people in his company (one runs their wine club) people were not comfortable hiring deaf people for jobs that even might require hearing.  As an example, at a winery it is helpful to hear the horn of a forklift coming behind you.  That of course, completely discounted the other ways that deaf people are able to experience the world that hearing people are not.  That forklift creates a vibration which you’re able to notice, if you’re paying attention to the movement of the floor beneath you.

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