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Hearing Loss Common Among Middle-Aged Adults Is High, but Hearing Aid Use is Low - New Delhi

After taking age, noise exposure, and other factors associated with hearing loss into account, the researchers said that the chance of having hearing loss is high now days.

 
PRLog - Mar. 7, 2011 - HAUZ KHAS, India -- Almost two out of three adults age 70 or older have significant hearing loss, according to a new study.
After taking age, noise exposure, and other factors associated with hearing loss into account, the researchers said that the chance of having hearing loss is high now days.
Hearing Loss Risk
Yet much of that hearing loss may be preventable, the researchers pointed out.
Factors that contribute to hearing loss include working in a noisy environment, having a parent who had hearing loss, and, possibly, heart disease. Hearing loss is associated with difficulty communicating, a poor quality of life, dementia and cognitive problems.
Hearing loss may not be an inevitable part of aging, and our findings, which are in line with other studies, point to the possibility that if we live healthier lifestyles, lifestyles that can reduce our chance of cardiovascular disease for example, we may be able to prevent or delay hearing loss.
Hearing loss is a common problem, Nash said. Nearly one out of seven adults over the age of 21 had hearing loss
One possible explanation for the connection between cardiovascular disease and hearing loss may be that disruptions or changes to blood flow that come with cardiovascular disease may lead to less oxygen in the inner ear or other parts of the auditory pathway.
The researchers measured hearing loss as the ability to hear certain tones, and also as the ability to recognize words at different sound levels and words spoken by male and female voices.
Hearing loss was most common among men and the less educated, and people who worked in a noisy environment or who had had ear surgery.
The heart disease was another factor that seemed to have an effect on hearing, citing the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs, hematocrit level (a measure of blood thickness), and arterial wall thickness.
Also, if a parent suffered hearing loss their children had a significantly higher risk of hearing impairment because hearing loss is a "highly heritable condition”.
Sandeep thinks it's this increasing level of noise that is causing the increasing hearing loss, particularly for lower-income people who often are exposed to louder noise over a longer period of time at their jobs.
This is why Sandeep thinks the link between such health problems as heart disease, diabetes, smoking, obesity and hearing loss is largely due to social factors, which put people in unhealthy environments where hearing loss is a byproduct. In other words, lifestyles that increase the risk for chronic health problems also increase the risk for hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Use
The study also shows that despite the overwhelming number of older and middle aged adults with hearing loss, only about 30% use hearing aids.
"Any way you cut it, the rates of hearing aid use are phenomenally low," Sandeep says.
According to the study, rates of hearing aid use vary considerably by severity of hearing deficiency, with only 3% of people with mild hearing loss saying they use hearing aids, compared to 41% of those with moderate or severe hearing loss but hearing aids can be used by everyone who has hearing problem. Choose your hearing aids according to your hearing loss low to sever. Hearing Aids comes in different styles, colors and price range too.

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