How Does Hearing Loss Impact Health and Wellness? August 07 2015
Did you know your hearing health has a direct effect on your overall health?
Hearing loss can occur for a number of reasons. Some causes are natural. Others might surprise you.
1 in 5 people in the US have hearing loss. 80% do nothing about it.
Tinnitus affects 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus can be caused by hearing loss, an ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder.
Untreated hearing loss gives rise to poor quality of life, isolation, and reduced social activity, leading to depression.
Adults 50 years and older with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety, anger, frustration, emotional instability, and paranoia than those who wear hearing aids.
Those with untreated hearing loss experience a 30 to 40% greater decline in thinking abilities compared to those without hearing loss.
The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. Inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.
There is a significant association between high blood pressure and hearing loss. Hypertension can be an accelerating factor of hearing loss in older adults.
Current smokers have a 70% higher risk of having hearing loss than non-smokers.
Maintaining healthy weight and staying physically active may help reduce the risk of hearing loss.
Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes compared to those without.
There are more than 200 medications (prescription and over-the-counter) on the market today that are known to be toxic to the years.
Fever, malaria, meningitis or anything that extremely elevates body temperature can cause damage to hair cells in the inner ear and cause hearing loss.
A study linked osteoporosis and hearing loss theorizing that demineralization of the three middle ear bones may contribute to a conductive hearing loss.
People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to have a history of falling.
If you have vision and hearing loss, your ability to determine the locations of sounds is compromised. The amplification from hearing aids help compensate for the vision loss.
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