Hearing Loss Research

The latest research on hearing loss

Hearing loss is associated with some common conditions. Click below to learn about the latest research on hearing loss, co-morbodities, prevention and more.
Hypertension and Hearing Loss

Studies show that patients suffering from high blood pressure also have an increased risk of developing hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Medications to control blood pressure might help reduce the impact of hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Tied to Depression

After accounting for health conditions and other factors, including trouble seeing, hearing impairment was significantly associated with depression, particularly in women. Article warns that healthcare professionals should be aware of the increased risk for depression among adults with hearing loss.

JAMA Network
Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Patients with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss, possibly because the high glucose levels are damaging the blood vessels in the inner ear. Even those with pre-diabetes have a higher risk.

American Diabetes Association
Hearing-impaired elderly people have smaller social networks

The older hearing impaired population may have smaller social networks, increasing isolation. This increase isolation can amplify loneliness in adults.

Science Direct
Hearing Loss Associated with Dementia

Hearing loss is independently associated with incident all-cause dementia. Whether hearing loss is a marker for early-stage dementia or is actually a modifiable risk factor for dementia needs further study.

Sleep Apnea and Sudden Hearing Loss

Male patients with sudden hearing loss had a higher proportion of prior obstructive sleep apnea than non-hearing-loss patients. The same association was not found with female patients.

Hearing Loss Common in Patients with Kidney Disease

Older adults with moderate chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a higher rate of hearing loss than those at the same age without kidney disease. An Australian research team followed over 2,900 individuals aged 50+, including over 500 with moderate chronic kidney disease.

National Kidney Foundation
Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

An estimated 50 million Americans experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and about 90 percent of those also have hearing loss. Tinnitus can be a warning sign for sensorineural hearing loss.

Hearing Loss and Fall Risk

People with mild hearing loss at 25 decibels are three times as likely to experience a fall when compared to peers without hearing loss; the risk of falls increases 1.4 times for each additional 10 decibels of hearing loss.

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