Did you know one in six Australians has hearing loss? Sadly, in regards to their hearing, Australians take on average six to eight years from when they first start noticing problems until they take action.
It is often a partner or family member that ‘gently encourages’ a loved one to get their hearing checked. Besides the obvious impact hearing loss can have on our relationships, have you ever considered how hearing loss can affect your overall health?
Many prevalent health conditions among seniors have a very strong link with hearing loss. Regardless of how young or old you are, the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss is critical to maintain wellness. It may also prevent more serious health conditions.
While many think of hearing loss as an inevitable part of the ageing process, it should not be considered a benign condition. We know today that the consequences of untreated hearing loss can have a far-reaching and devastating impact.
So, let’s look at 10 hearing loss facts and their impact on our health:
- Untreated hearing loss can increase your risk of developing dementia by up to five times.
- Hearing loss is twice as common in adults with Type 2 Diabetes.
- Untreated hearing loss (even a very mild loss) increases your risk of having a fall three-fold. This risk increases with severity of hearing loss.
- Cardiovascular problems can be associated with low pitched hearing loss.
- Certain types of chemotherapy used to treat cancers can result in a high-pitched hearing loss.
- Hearing loss is very common in adults who experience Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing sounds in ears).
- Adults who experience dizziness, vertigo or balance issues are more likely to have hearing difficulties.
- In patients with moderate chronic kidney disease, there is early evidence that there is a higher incidence of hearing loss.
- Hearing loss is often linked to an increased risk of prolonged injuries and illnesses requiring hospitalisation.
- Adults with hearing loss are more likely to suffer episodes of stress, depression and anxiety.
These hearing loss facts can be quite eye opening. Even more so when you consider the fact that in Australia, three in every four people over the age of 70 have hearing loss. If you haven’t had your hearing assessed recently it is time to speak with a professional or your GP. This decision could not only influence your hearing but also your health.
For other health checks that all seniors should be having, read our blog article.