You can do yoga at any age -- really! It's just a matter of picking what type of yoga you do and working within your abilities.
It might even help you age better, keeping you flexible and building strength through low-impact moves.
“We lose about a half-pound of muscle per year for each year we’re not regularly engaged in resistance training,” says Jessica Matthews, assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College in San Diego. Strength training also helps keep your bones strong.
If you lose hearing, either suddenly or over time, details of conversations may become fuzzy. Sounds will become muffled and gradually fade.
Depending on the cause of your hearing loss, you may also have:
Pain in one or both ears
Dizziness or vertigo
Ringing in the ears, called tinnitus
Pressure or fullness in one or both ears
Often, people with severe hearing loss withdraw from their social lives because they're embarrassed to ask family and friends to repeat themselves over and over again. They might be afraid they'll misunderstand a conversation and answer with wrong or embarrassing comments.
Degrees of Hearing Impairment
To find out how impaired your hearing is, your doctor may order a formal hearing test also known as an audiogram. It can show the degree of your hearing loss by looking at the range of decibels -- a measure of loudness -- you can hear.
Normal hearing is in the range of 0 to 25 decibels. People with normal hearing are able to make out sounds as faint as human breathing, which measures about 10 decibels. Mild hearing loss ranges from 26 to 40 decibels, and moderate hearing loss from 41 to 55 decibels. Moderately severe hearing loss ranges from 56 to 70 decibels, and severe hearing loss is in the range of 71 to 90 decibels. Profound hearing loss is greater than 90 decibels. People with severe to profound hearing loss will have trouble hearing speech, although they can make out loud sounds like a truck that backfires or an airplane taking off.
Types of Hearing Loss
There are three main types of hearing loss:
Conductive hearing loss happens because of a problem in the ear canal, eardrum, or the middle ear that prevents sound from carrying well to the inner ear. An ear infection, trauma, a tumor, or fluid or an object in the ear (such as wax buildup) can cause it.