August 22, 2013

Hearing Loss Linked to Other Problems?

The Better Hearing Institute maintains that hearing loss isn't a harmless condition to be ignored, because it often coexists with other serious health problems, and a growing body of research indicates that there may be a link.  Studies show that people with heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease and depression may have an increased risk of hearing loss.

When left untreated, hearing loss alone can lead to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions.  Impaired memory and the impaired ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension and stress are among its more common side effects. When untreated hearing loss coexists with chronic illness, quality of life is diminished.  Dr. Sergei Kochkin, executive director of the BHI, says: "Hearing aids help most people hear better and improve their quality of life."

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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