Snoring is not only upsetting for a person sharing a bedroom with you; it can also be dangerous for your health.
A number of studies, including one published in the Turkish journal KBB-Forum: Elektronik Kulak Burun Boaz ve Ba Boyun Cerrahisi Dergisi, have found that snoring can actually drastically harm one of your senses.
We know that noise-induced hearing loss can result from loud music through earphones or in clubs and from prolonged exposure to machinery in factories.
But now, researchers claim snoring can also trigger hearing loss.
Researchers recruited 72 subjects, all of whom had been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
The loudness of sound is measured in decibels (DB). The scientists divided their subjects by the loudness of their snoring: above and below 65 dB.
They then tested these people’s hearing on different frequencies of tones and on speech recognition.
Loud snorers had much worse hearing than light snorers.
This was true for sounds in both their ears, for pure tones at various frequencies, and for speech recognition.
They were especially bad at hearing high frequency sounds at 4,000 and 8,000 hertz, which had to be turned up very high before they could hear them.
Unless it is caused by one big explosion, noise induced hearing loss is normally gradual and most people who suffer from it cannot detect its progress.
Because snoring continues for approximately 8 hours a day (or night) and it is a sound that is so close to you, it is no surprise that 65 dB is enough to gradually affect your hearing.