More people with hearing loss.
Links to other health issues.
· Sleep apnea is strongly linked to hearing loss at both high and low frequencies.
· The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it could be the “canary in the coal mine” for cardiovascular disease. In other words, blood vessel blockages might show up here first.
· Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes.
· Research also shows a link between hearing loss and dementia.
· In people with both depression and hearing loss, use of hearing aids reduces symptoms of depression.3
Protect your hearing.
· Get earplugs for loud events—and wear them! Even the simple foam plugs you can buy in our store can help protect your ears.
· Let’s talk painkillers. A study in men found that taking painkillers like aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), or acetaminophen only two times a week significantly increased the risk of hearing loss. These drugs may do this by reducing blood flow to the inner ear. If you’re concerned, let’s discuss this.4
· Consider an iron test. By contrast, iron helps carry blood to the inner ear. That may be why low levels have been linked to hearing problems.1
· Check the volume. It’s really tempting to turn up the volume, especially for your favorite tunes. Resist!
1. Men’s Journal: “You’re Losing Hearing Faster Than You Think.” Available at:http://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/articles/youre-losing-hearing-faster-than-you-think-w475579Accessed 4-27-17.
2. Medscape: “Age-related hearing loss in men.” Available at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/520157Accessed 4-27-17.
3. Better Hearing Institute: “Calling All Men: Protect Your Well-Being with a Hearing Check.” Available at:http://www.betterhearing.org/news/calling-all-men-protect-your-well-being-hearing-check Accessed 4-27-17.
4. Curhan SG et al. Am J Med.2010;123(3):231–237. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831770/ Accessed 4-27-17.