The Link Between Chronic Disease And Hearing Loss: Are You At Risk?

Summarized by Samantha Rakers, staff writer

Scientists have found that patients who suffer from heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression are also at higher risk of hearing loss. The Better Hearing Institute encourages people with any of these chronic conditions to make hearing screenings a regular part of check-ups. There is a free online hearing test at When hearing loss goes untreated, stress can contribute to a lower quality of life, so it is quite important to identify the problem as soon as possible. Hearing loss is found to be roughly two times as common in diabetic adults when compared to non-diabetics, according to the National Institute of Health. Most widely recognized, is the link between cardiovascular disease and hearing loss. Published in June 2010 issue of the American Journal of Audiology, a study conducted for over 60 years found that impaired cardiovascular health had a negative influence on the peripheral and central auditory systems.

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