Approximately one in four Americans under age 70 has undiagnosed hearing loss, which has been linked to anxiety, depression, loneliness, stress, worsening of heart disease, high blood pressure and other adverse conditions.
Centers for Disease Control recently released its
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and accompanying Vital
Signs report, which detail findings of 3,500
hearing tests on individuals between the ages of 20 and 69.
Twenty percent of the participants
had hearing loss typically resulting from noise --
indicated in the inability to hear high-pitched sounds –
but had reported no occupational exposure to noise.
Americans show some hearing damage from loud noise, with nearly 21
million reporting no exposure to loud noise at work,” CDC Acting
Director Anne Schuchat said. “This can be distressing
for people affected and their loved ones. We hope this report will
help raise awareness of this problem and help clinicians reduce their
patients' risk for early hearing loss."
of noise-induced hearing loss was found to not only
increase with age but also to be more prevalent among men
and patients over 40.
"Older people are more
likely to have hearing loss, but this study finds some young adults
are already losing some hearing, so this is a concern for all age
groups,” Schuchat said. “Asking patients about
their hearing, and providing tips for reducing exposure to loud
noises, can help our patients preserve their hearing longer."
Undiagnosed hearing loss can have dire effects
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