Much research has taken place recently to look at the relationship between hearing loss and other health issues. Studies have linked hearing loss with Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cognitive Decline and Dementia, Depression, Diabetes and Falling.
A 2011 study found an association between Cardiovascular Disease and poorer hearing sensitivity. A 2010 study found that Chronic Kidney Disease also known as Chronic Renal Disease was associated with a 43% increased risk of hearing loss. A 2011 and 2013 study found that hearing loss was associated with accelerated cognitive decline and cognitive impairment in older adults. Hearing loss was associated with developing dementia. A 2014 study found that hearing loss was associated with depression, particularly in older women with moderate hearing loss. A 2012 study found that hearing loss was twice as common among people who had diabetes compared to those who did not. A 2012 study found for every 10dB increase in hearing loss, the risk of falling increased one and a half times. A 25dB hearing loss was associated with a nearly threefold increased risk of falling.
What is not known is, does “X” lead to hearing loss or does hearing loss lead to “X?”
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