10 Things You Should Know About Hearing Loss & Your Health

  1. ImageHearing loss is tied to depressions.  Research shows that hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults of all ages, but is most pronounced in 18-69 year-olds.  Research also shows that the use of hearing aids reduces depressive symptoms.  
  2. ImageHearing loss and dementia are linked.  Research not only shows a connection between hearing loss and dementia, but a Johns Hopkins study of older adults found that hearing loss actually accelerates brain function decline.  Some experts believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia.  Research is ongoing.
  3. ImageHearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes.  
  4. ImageHearing health and cardiovascular health are linked.  Some experts say that the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow, that it’s possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.
  5. ImageStaying fit may also help your hearing.  Research on women’s health shows that a higher level of physical activity is associated with a lower risk of hearing loss.  
  6. ImageHearing loss may put you at a greater risk of falling.  A Johns Hopkins study showed that people in middle age (40-69) with even just mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. 
  7. ImageHospitalization may be more likely for those with hearing loss. 
  8. ImageA study found that men with hearing loss had increased risk of mortality, but hearing aids made a difference.  A study found that men and women with hearing loss who used hearing aids had a significantly lower mortality risk than those with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids.
  9. ImageHearing loss is tied to regular use of common pain relievers.
  10. ImageModerate chronic kidney disease is linked to hearing loss.

Recognizing and treating hearing loss may help more than just your hearing.  “With the close link between hearing health and overall wellness, we must raise awareness about how to effectively prevent, diagnose, and treat hearing loss,” says David Smriga, M.A., president of AudNet, Inc.

Hearing aids today are dramatically more advanced than the hearing aids of even just a few years ago.  Many of today’s hearing aids allow users to hear from all directions, in all sorts of sound environments.  They are digital, wireless, and can connect directly to your smartphone or television, and can be very discreet.

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All of the above information came from an article by AudNet at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11833949.htm

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