Archive for July 24th, 2013

Hearing Loss Connected to Hospitalizations

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

According to a study done by Johns Hopkins, individual who have significant hearing loss were more likely to be in a bad mood, suffer from depression, be hospitalized frequently, and suffer from injuries and illness.

The study looked at a sampling of individuals over the age of 70. The group consisted of 1,140 people with hearing problems and over 500 with good hearing.

The concern is that hearing loss can lead to difficulties with other cognitive abilities, especially in the elderly. It impacts their ability to live independently. Previous to this, no one had done a study to determine the impact hearing loss had on the overall use of the healthcare system.

In terms of the study itself, patients sat in a soundproof room. They had to listen to sounds ranging from 0 to 100 decibels. Those who have hearing problems can generally only hear sounds higher than 25 decibels.

The study found that those with hearing loss were more likely to have hear problems. They were also more likely to have longer illnesses and hospital stays.

What does this mean to you? We’re not 100% sure yet, but you should be conscious of the noises you’re exposing yourself to. Preserve your hearing for your future health!