Risk Factors For Hearing Loss
Current smokers are 1.69 times more likely, or have a 70% higher risk, to have hearing loss than nonsmokers.
Hearing loss is about twice as common in people with diabetes compared to those without the disease. Adults with pre-diabetes, whose glucose is higher than normal but not high enough for a diabtese diagnosis, have a 30% higher rate of hearing loss compared to those with noprmal blood sugar.
The inner ear is extremely sensitive to bllod flow. Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system – a person’s heart, arteries and veins – has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate bllod flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.
There is a significant association between high blood pressure and untreated hearing loss. Hypertension can be an accelerating factor of hearing loss in older adults.