news: Jeremy Clarkson shares health update after revealing he is at ‘double risk’ of getting dementia
Jeremy Clarkson has shared a health update after revealing he is at ‘double risk’ of getting dementia.
The 63-year-old has been told by his doctor he needs hearing aids after he experienced severe hearing loss.
Hearing loss has close links with the onset of dementia, and fans were left worried for the presenter’s health.
Jeremy told The Sunday Times: ‘This has been going on for 12 years and, being a tolerant sort of guy, I’ve coped.
‘But I was told after my most recent medical that hearing loss will double the chance of me catching dementia.’
Jeremy Clarkson has shared a health update after revealing he is at ‘double risk’ of getting dementia
The 63-year-old has been told by his doctor he needs hearing aids after he experienced severe hearing loss
He continued: ‘My brain is having to use a huge amount of computing power trying to fill in the bits of speech it hasn’t been able to hear.’
Jeremy said he has been experiencing huge blanks in conversations, even when someone is standing right beside him.
However, he joked that though he can’t hear his girlfriend Lisa ask him to load the dishwasher, his ears seem perfectly fine when he is offered a glass of wine.
According to the NHS, mild hearing loss doubles the risk of developing dementia, moderate hearing loss triples the risk while severe hearing loss can increase the risk by five times.
The website states that hearing aids can help to reduce the risk and impact of dementia.
Jeremy said his doctor gave him ‘very snazzy and incredibly clever’ hearing aids as a solution to the problem.
The ex-Top Gear star added that ‘most’ of his body has been failing him, such as experiencing problems with his vision and with walking around the Diddly Squat Farm.
Fans rushed to express their support for the motorist, with one writing: ‘As somebody who is hearing impaired I’m so glad that you have written this.’
For decades Clarkson was the country’s pre-eminent motoring journalist thanks to Top Gear, but he was notably all at sea when trying his hand as a farmer on Clarkson’s Farm
Jeremy is as busy as ever with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Clarkson’s Farm
Another added: ‘Thanks for writing about this and helping to normalise hearing aid use.’
Earlier this month, the Daily Mail was told that Amazon is hoping to commission three more series of Clarkson’s Farm.
The show became a global hit as viewers enjoyed Jeremy struggling with running his farm in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
The expectation is that a deal — thought to be worth at least $250 million — will be announced when the third series starts streaming in March or April next year.
Clarkson is still as busy as ever – working on The Grand Tour, also on Prime Video and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Meanwhile, his latest book — Diddly Squat: Pigs Might Fly — came out last month and was an instant bestseller.
However the star wrote himself into trouble last December with a column he wrote about Meghan Markle.
In the article, published in The Sun, Clarkson wrote he dreamed of the Meghan Markle being forced to ‘parade naked’ through British towns, prompting a record-breaking 25,100 complaints to The Independent Press Standards Organisation.
The former Top Gear star, 62, later apologised admitting he had ‘put my foot in it’ and accepted his language was ‘disgraceful’ and that he was ‘profoundly sorry’. The Sun also apologised.
Meanwhile, the Duke of Sussex branded the article about his wife ‘horrific, hurtful and cruel’ and questions were raised about whether Clarkson would keep his lucrative deal with ITV.
Clarkson’s latest book – Diddly Squat: Pigs Might Fly – came out last month and was an instant bestseller
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