Medical Conditions Linked to Hearing Loss

Below is a list of medical conditions that have documented links to hearing loss, as well as the clinical research that supports these links.  If you have a patient that suffers from any of these conditions, we can partner with you to provide the highest level of care to your patient by offering an annual hearing testing.

Alzheimers & Other Cognitive Disorders

Recent research at John’s Hopkins University has shown that seniors with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia than those who retain their hearing.

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Diabetes & Pre-diabetes

Patients with diabetes are more than twice as likely as those without the disease to have hearing loss, according to a recent National Institute of Health (NIH) study.

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Age Related Hearing Loss

The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) commissioned the Seniors Research Group (an alliance between NCOA and Market Strategies Inc.) to conduct a large-scale, national survey of older Americans that would quantify the social, psychological, and functional effects of hearing loss. The goal of the study was to assess the effects of hearing loss on quality of life and compare these effects for those who wear hearing aids and those who do not.

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Occupational & Noise-Related Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a significant and unfortunately common occupational malady. Over the past several decades both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have initiated efforts to better understand and to limit the occurrence of occupational hearing loss. This paper from the American Journal of Industrial Medicine describes the factors which influence a worker’s risk of hearing loss.

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Ototoxicity & Tinnitus

A number of commonly used medications can potentially cause damage to a patient’s hearing. The League for the Hard of Hearing has produced a list of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can cause hearing loss.

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