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Hidden Risk Factors Associated With Hearing Loss

December 15, 2015

Hearing Loss Facts and Risk Factors

Did you know that your hearing health has a direct effect on your overall health? 

Hearing loss can occur for a number of reasons. Some causes can be natural and others would surprise you. One of the most common causes of hearing loss is exposure to loud noises. Another reason is as people age, they may begin to lose their hearing as a result of the natural aging process.

There are also medical reasons for hearing loss like viruses, bacteria, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medicines. New studies have revealed some surprising causes as well, like diabetes or hypertension. 

It is important to educate yourself on what these causes may be and also ways you can prevent hearing loss. Read some facts and risk factors below or contact our office today and our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have!


  • Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older Americans, after hypertension and arthritis.
  • 1 in 5 people have hearing loss. 80% do nothing about it.
  • 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 have hearing loss.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 1 in 5 people.
  • 90% of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss.


  • Smoking – current smokers have a 70% higher risk of having hearing loss than nonsmokers.
  • Heart Health – studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. Inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. 
  • Hypertension – hypertension can be an accelerating factor of hearing loss in older adults.
  • Obesity – higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference are associated with increased risk of hearing loss in women.
  • Diabetes – hearing loss is TWICE as common in people with diabetes compared to those without

These are just a few facts and risk factors associated with hearing loss. If you have any questions, please call our office and we would be happy to discuss those with you. 

Remember to include getting your hearing tested as part of your routine health check-ups. Call our office today for an appointment!

Sources: National Institute of Health and Better Business Bureau 


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