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Research shows that hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults of all ages, but is most pronounced in 18 to 69 year olds. Research also shows that the use of hearing aids reduces depressive symptoms. () ()
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. ()
Cardiovascular and hearing health are linked. Some experts say 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. ()
Research on women’s health shows that a higher level of physical activity is associated with a lower risk of hearing loss. Conversely, a higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference in women are each associated with a higher risk of hearing loss. ()
A groundbreaking study found that men with hearing loss had an increased risk of mortality, but hearing aids made a difference. Men and women with hearing loss who used hearing aids—although older and with more severe hearing loss—had a significantly lower mortality risk than those with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids. ()
One study found that the regular use of aspirin, NSAIDs, or acetaminophen increases the risk of hearing loss in men, and the impact is larger on younger individuals. A separate study found that ibuprofen and acetaminophen are associated with an increased risk of hearing loss in women, with the link even stronger among women younger than 50. () ()
Recognizing and treating hearing loss may help more than just your hearing, says the Hearing Center of Spartanburg & Greer ENT, which is raising awareness of the link between hearing loss and other important health issues throughout the month of May in conjunction with Better Hearing & Speech Month.
Spartanburg & Greer ENT also is encouraging adults of all ages to take the free, quick, and confidential online Hearing Check at www.BetterHearing.org. Anyone can take the online survey to determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing health professional.
Nearly 40 million people in the United States today have hearing loss. Most of them are part of America’s current workforce. Hearing loss affects Gen Xers, baby boomers, and people of all ages. In fact, a 2008 study found that the prevalence of hearing loss among younger adults, specifically those in their 20s and 30s, is increasing.
Fortunately, for the vast majority of people with hearing loss, hearing aids can help. Eight out of 10 hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids.
When people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they often improve their job performance; enhance their communication skills; increase their earnings potential; improve their professional and interpersonal relationships; stave off depression; gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives; and better their quality of life.
Because most doctors don’t include hearing health as a routine part of annual exams, it’s important to ask to have your hearing tested or to visit a hearing care professional. Once you reach middle-age, it makes sense to include hearing tests as part of your routine annual care.