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Ex-Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson opens up on 'worrying' health concerns

Jeremy Clarkson expresses concerns over hearing loss, risk of developing dementia; reveals he will be using hearing aids

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Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. — BBC website/File
Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. — BBC website/File

Renowned TV show host and former presenter of Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson has finally opened up on worrying health concerns, saying he fears dementia risk as his hearing sense worsens.

Clarkson has trouble maintaining his balance and suffers from a sore back, however, according to him, his worst fear is losing hearing, which can lead to dementia, Hello Magazine reported, quoting his column for The Times.

As per the UK's National Health Service (NHS), the probability of a person developing dementia is "tripled" in case of moderate hearing loss — the risk is increased five times in cases of severe hearing loss that is left untreated.

According to the fan-favourite former Top Gear host, his worst health issue is with his ears — from which he has been struggling for 12 years.

The 63-year-old presenter revealed that after his latest health checkup, he was warned that his recent hearing loss would double the probability of him developing dementia.

He highlighted that the risk of dementia increases with hearing loss as the brain has to work harder to make sense of the sounds it hears.

"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," the presenter said further revealing that would be using hearing aids.

Clarkson's remarks come as the veteran host, acknowledging his deteriorating health, hired a professional in May 2022 to help him improve his physical health.