Lucus Eques wrote:As for hearing loss, if I choose to exspect this, then I will have predisposed by entire psychology to achieve the end that my subconscious mind has accepted as fact. I will find myself in situations that might cause damage to my hearing, and I will end up subjecting myself to those affects. This is merely how human psychology functions.
Now I have to interject here, because, while I do believe that there is a significant psychological factor in health and illness, I think there is strong evidence that it does not work quite as neatly as you might wish it to. My father was an audiologist and I spent quite a bit of my childhood learning about hearing and hearing loss. One thing that repeatedly struck me was that the overwhelming majority of people who had noise-induced hearing loss tended to believe that the noise levels they were exposing themselves to (whether they be loud music, work-related, or whatever) would not harm them. (We see this all the time in teenagers who believe themselves to be invincible, but it happens in those who should know better, too). It was the (relatively few, at least back then) people who were concerned about their risk of hearing loss who actively did things (both consciously and unconsciously) to prevent it, such as wearing ear protection or avoiding such situations in the first place.
metrodorus wrote:Those little headphones you stick in your ear hole are really quite unsafe - especially outdoors, where there is ambient noise, you need to set the volume too high to be able to listen above the sounds of passing traffic,wind,etc and this results in hearing damage.
I have switched over to bigger and clunkier isolation headphones - the 'old fashioned' ones with pads that fit over the ears. These isolate the ambient noise, meaning that you can listen to the ipod at a significantly lower decibel level.
Excellent advice and right on point.
metrodorus wrote:There is some evidence for a stress-disease link in certain cases.
I, and probably most physicians, believe this statement.
Lucus Eques wrote:All disease is the result of one thing: stress.
I cannot believe this statement. It's far too absolute, and easily refutable by counter example.