We often are told that mind, body, and spirit are connected. But those of us with a hearing loss know that hearing is not just a part of communication, but rather hearing affects our whole body. And our whole body can affect our hearing.

Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins Medicine, the National Institute of Health, and the Better Hearing Institute elaborate on some causes and effects of hearing loss. Did you know…
1) 200 drugs such as antibiotics, cancer drugs, diuretics, and certain antidepressants cause ringing in the ears.
2) The risk for dementia doubles with a mild hearing loss and triples with a moderate hearing loss.
3) Heart disease and obesity can contribute to hearing loss.
4) Diabetes doubles the risk of hearing loss.
5) Persons with a mild hearing loss are three times more likely to fall.
6) Smokers are 15.1% more likely to develop hearing loss than nonsmokers.

Audiologists tell us that only one in seven persons with a hearing loss uses a hearing aid. Take care of yourself to take care of your hearing. If you have a hearing loss, seek help from your doctor and audiologist. Everyone benefits when hearing results in active listening to those around us.

Dianne Foglesong, IN
Communications Director

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