Hearing Loss and General Health: Guest Post by Hearing Health USA
Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent health issues in the world. It affects over 350 million people worldwide and nearly 40 million Americans of all ages—that equates to over 10% of the US population. What many people may not realize is that hearing loss is not just simply an ear problem; it can significantly impact quality of life and overall health. Those with untreated hearing loss are more likely to become socially isolated which can lead to depression and anxiety. Recent research, most notably conducted by Johns Hopkins University, has also shown that those adults with untreated hearing loss are at a 30-40% increased risk for cognitive decline, which is linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s. We don’t just hear with our ears, we also hear with our brain!
The effects of hearing loss are not normally associated with other health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure, for example, but research has shown that they are connected. If you have a high blood glucose level, you can potentially develop high blood pressure which in turn damages the inner ear by cutting off vital oxygen. Anyone who is obese or overweight is also at risk for developing hearing loss or even tinnitus. Maintaining a healthy weight isn’t just good for your heart; it’s also the key to maintaining healthy hearing.
Hearing loss is not only an aliment of old age. In fact, 40% of the 40 million Americans with hearing loss are under the age of 60. Our goal as hearing health providers is to educate the masses on how hearing loss can affect your overall health. Unfortunately, too many wait years and even decades to address hearing loss before getting treatment.
If you suspect that you or someone you love is suffering from hearing loss, please reach out to Hearing Health USA. Our office is located at 1000 Carlisle St. Suite 18 in Hanover, PA. You can schedule your free hearing evaluation by calling 717-965-8290.
About The Author:
Dr. Amanda Long earned her Master’s Degree in Audiology at The George Washington University and then continued with her education and in 2007 obtained a Doctorate Degree in Audiology from Salus University. She provides diagnostic and hearing aid services to patients of all ages from infancy through adulthood. She enjoys educating her patients and their families on the importance of treating hearing loss.