|Diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss is important because hearing loss is associated with many additional and serious medical conditions. Research organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University have identified connections between hearing loss and other medical conditions, as have organizations such as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Better Hearing Institute.
Hearing Loss and Dementia
✔ Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing
✔ Research from a Johns Hopkins study* indicates that the more hearing loss a person has the higher their likelihood of developing dementia
Hearing Loss and Diabetes
✔ People with diabetes are 2x more likely to have hearing loss than those without diabetes
✔ Adults with pre-diabetes, whose blood glucose is higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis, had a 30% higher rate of hearing loss compared to those with normal blood sugar. Read the National Institutes of Health (NIH) study.
Hearing Loss and Falling
✔ Hearing loss is linked to a three times risk of falling. A possible explanation for the link is that people who can't hear well might not have good awareness of their overall environment, making tripping and falling more likely. Read the study led by a Johns Hopkins researcher.