Hearing And Your Health
Did you know? Over 360 million of the world's population have disabling hearing loss? Take control of your hearing health.
Hearing loss isn't just an ear issue it's a major health and quality of life issue. It can occur for natural reasons but other facts include:
- Older adults with hearing loss may have a shorter life span than their peers without hearing loss.
- People with hearing loss experience a 30-40% faster decline in cognitive abilities compared to their peers without hearing loss.
- People with low frequency hearing loss are considered at risk for cardiovascular events.
- Current smokers have a 70 percent higher risk of having hearing loss than nonsmokers.
- People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety and paranoia than peers who wore hearing aids.
- Adults 50 years and older with untreated hearing loss were found to be less likely to participate in organized social activities than peers who wore hearing aids.
- Adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia.
- There is a significant association between high blood pressure and untreated hearing loss. Hypertension can be an accelerating factor of hearing loss in older adults.
- Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as their peers without.
- Osteoporosis can adversely affect the three tiny bones in the middle ear, which can lead to hearing loss.
- People with mild hearing loss are 3 times more likely to have a history of falling.
- 90-95% of people with hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.