Hearing Loss And Your Health

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It is believed by some researchers that 36 million people suffer from some kind of hearing loss in the United States. An estimated one-third of people between the ages of 65 and 75 and close to one-half of those over 75 have some degree of hearing loss.  Of course within this statistic is those with a small hearing loss and those with more severe loss.

The diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss can be critical to maintain quality of life and even wellness. Among those who should be tested are people with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  

Hearing loss is correlated with many serious medical conditions.  Twenty one percent of people with diabetes have hearing loss compared to nine percent of non-diabetics.  Low frequency hearing loss is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events.  Hearing loss is also associated with a higher degree of falls that cause injury.  There are also studies which show that hearing loss is associated with Dementia and Alzheimer's disease but correlation does not equal causation.