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Honey, Are You Listening to Me?

It may seem like your husband at times has selective hearing, but, according to research, the number of U.S. adults living with hearing loss has doubled since the 1980s.1 The statistics are even more sobering for men for whom hearing loss may be more common and severe than in women. A likely reason? Men are more likely to be exposed to sustained loud noises than women.2

Too much noise!

A recent report predicted that the number of U.S. adults with hearing loss will rise to nearly a quarter of the population in the next 40 years.1 From concerts to subways, traffic, even kids’ toys, the world has just gotten loud.

Hearing loss may foretell other issues

Research has shown that there may be links between hearing loss and other health issues.3

  • Sleep apnea. The serious sleep disorder is strongly linked to hearing loss at both high and low frequencies.
  • Cardiovascular disease. The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that blood vessel blockages might show up here first.
  • Diabetes. Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes.
  • Dementia. Research also shows a link between hearing loss and dementia.
  • Depression. Use of hearing aids has been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression in patients with hearing loss.3

Protect your hearing before it’s too late

Protect your hearing before permanent or significant damage is done:

  • Reduce your exposure. Even the simple foam plugs you can buy in our store can help protect your ears in noisy situations.
  • Use caution with painkillers. A study of men found that taking NSAIDs such as aspirin or acetaminophen as little as two times a week significantly increased the risk of hearing loss. These drugs may do this by reducing blood flow to the inner ear.4 If you frequently use NSAIDs and are concerned about the potential impact on your hearing, talk to your Health Mart pharmacist.
  • Check your iron. Iron helps carry blood to the inner ear, and low levels have been linked to hearing problems.1
  • Turn down the volume. We know that it’s tempting to put on the headphones, turn up the volume and tune out the noise around you, but doing so can cause permanent damage.

If you have a loved one who seems to miss what you say, encourage them to seek medical attention. Prevention and treatment could be the key to a lifetime of good hearing.

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.

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