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Japanese Study Confirms Diabetics’ Risk of Hearing Loss at Any Age
As reported by Better Hearing Institute, a recent Japanese Meta-analysis, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that people with diabetes were 2.15 times as likely as those without the disease to have hearing loss. Surprisingly, when broken down by age, the younger group was at greater risk. The results showed that those 60 and younger with diabetes were 2.61 times more likely to have hearing loss, while the risk for those older than 60 was 1.58 times higher.
Lead researcher, Professor Hirohito Sone, Department of Internal Medicine, Niigata, Japan, said, “Our findings support routine hearing screenings for people with diabetes starting at an earlier age than for people without the disease. From a preventive health care perspective, this is very important because we know that when left untreated, hearing loss can exacerbate and perhaps even lead to other health problems, such as depression and dementia, making the diabetes burden even greater.”
Today’s hearing aids are more discreet than hearing loss.
Long gone are the days when hearing aids were large, obvious and embarrsing. Just like computers and cellular telephones from a decade ago, hearing aids are now much smaller and offer amazing technological performance.
In fact, the technology and cosmetics of modern hearing aids makes wearing them far more discreet than having to ask another person to repeat their question, unintentionally ignoring them or pretending you have heard them only to give the wrong answer.
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Untreated Hearing Loss Can Lead To More Difficulties
Can you hear the sound of:
A bird singing in the garden?
Your sister’s voice on the phone?
A car’s turn signal?
Friends’ conversation at a favorite restaurant?
Your neighbors’ knock on your front door?
A child’s giggle?
The theme song to your favorite TV show?
In 90 percent of all cases, hearing loss occurs because the delicate hair cells in the inner ear are irreparably broken or do not otherwise function properly. This means that the brain does not receive all the sounds and frequencies it needs to provide a complete soundtrack. It is like removing all the high keys on a piano and asking somebody to play a well-known melody. Even with only six or seven keys missing, the melody might be difficult to recognize and simply won’t sound right.
Untreated Hearing Loss Has Many Consequences
Living with untreated hearing loss means difficulties in conversations with others, social gatherings, and perhaps lost performance at work.
You may suffer side effects from hearing loss as:
Sadness and depression
Worry and anxiety
Less social activity
Emotional turmoil and insecurity
By not seeking help for your hearing loss, you are missing out
on enjoying all that life has to offer.
April 25, 2013
If you are someone in your family suspects they have hearing loss, call
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10 Signs It May Be Time To Have Your Hearing Checked
1. You find yourself saying “what?’ or “excuse me?” a lot, or asking people to repeat themselves.
2. You feel like no one speaks clearly anymore.
3. Friends and family members remark that you keep the volume of your TV up very loud.
4. You can’t hear the person sitting in front of you in a restaurant because of the deafening background noise.
5. People shout at you.
6. You misinterpret conversations.
7. You find yourself less willing to talk on the phone or go out in public.
8. The ringing in your ears never stops.
9. Your boss has indicated that your hearing may be affecting your job performance.
10. You have failed a hearing exam.
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Researchers have three main theories about why there is a link between hearing loss and dementia. The first is social isolation, notable because isolation has already been proven to be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Studies by John Cacioppo, a professor at the University of Chicago, on the effect of isolation on health have shown that “perceived isolation” may have a greater effect than actual objective isolation on your health.
The second is cognitive load: The effect of your brain trying to understand and translate sounds may deplete brain power needed elsewhere, such as for memory.
Third, there ay be a pathological link between hearing loss and dementia, a genetic or enviromental factor that leads to both conditions.
The hope is that treated hearing loss-which can help decrease isolation as well as cognitive load-may help prevent cognitive decline.
New research from John Hopkins University finds that hearing loss accelerates the decline of brian function in older adults.
Older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than older adults whose hearing is typical, according to a study by John Hopkins researchers.
To find out more about this study, clinck on the link below.
Hearing Health Spring 2013 Edition