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The Surprising Link Between Weight and Hearing Loss

Have you ever considered that your weight could affect your hearing?

While it’s common knowledge that ageing can lead to a decrease in hearing sensitivity, recent studies have uncovered another factor: obesity.

This month marks Healthy Eating Week from 10th to 14th of June, so let’s explore the surprising link between weight and hearing loss, and learn how simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your overall health.

Studies have shown that overweight individuals, particularly those with Type 2 diabetes, are at a higher risk of experiencing hearing loss.

Even among younger populations, waist circumference has been identified as a risk factor for age-related hearing impairment in males under 55.

For teens, being overweight doubles the risk of developing unilateral low-frequency hearing loss (hearing loss in one ear) compared to peers of normal weight.

Similarly, overweight women face an increased risk of hearing loss, with severely overweight women having a 25% higher risk.

However, there’s good news too.

Research suggests that greater levels of physical activity are associated with a lower risk of hearing loss. For example, just two hours of walking per week can lower the risk of hearing loss by 15%.

These findings highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active to prevent or delay the progression of hearing loss.

By addressing risk factors, such as obesity, we can improve both our physical and psychological well-being.

If you or a loved one are concerned about the link between weight and hearing loss, we’re here to help.

Our audiologists are trained to provide comprehensive hearing evaluations and support for individuals of all ages.

Additionally, if you or someone you know is overweight and experiencing hearing-related issues, it’s important to address these concerns proactively.

Early screening and diagnosis of hearing loss can make a significant difference in managing the condition and improving overall quality of life.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for more information or to schedule an appointment. Together, we can work towards a healthier, happier you.

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