Hearing Loss Facts and Risk Factors

Did you know that your hearing health has a direct effect on your overall health?

Hearing loss can occur for a number of reasons. Some causes can be natural and others could surprise you. As people age, they may begin to lose their hearing as a result of the natural aging process. One of the most common causes of hearing loss is exposure to loud noises. There are also medical reasons for hearing loss like viruses, bacteria, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medicines. New studies have revealed some surprising causes as well, like diabetes or hypertension. 

Take the time to learn about hearing loss facts and risk factors to begin your journey to better overall health today. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact our office.

HEARING LOSS FACTS

  • Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older Americans, after hypertension and arthritis.
  • 1 in 5 people has hearing loss. 80% do nothing about it.
  • 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 have hearing loss.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 1 in 5 people. 
  • 90% of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss.

HEARING LOSS RISK FACTORS

  • Smoking - Current smokers have a 70% higher risk of having hearing loss than nonsmokers.
  • Heart health - Studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. Inadequate blood flow or trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.
  • Hypertension - Hypertension can be an accelerating factor of hearing loss in older adults.
  • Obesity - Higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference are associated with increased risk of hearing loss in women.
  • Diabetes - Hearing loss is TWICE as common in people with diabetes compared to those without.

These are just a few facts associated with hearing loss. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

It's important to take an empowered, proactive approach to health during every stage of your life. Let it begin with your hearing health. Remember to include getting your hearing tested as part of your routine health checkups.