Can unhealthy life choices affect your hearing?
Posted on Aug 3, 2017
Although it's commonly understood that loud noises can impact our hearing throughout the years, a recent study has discovered that other life choices may be contributing to hearing loss among the elderly. And it's not what you might expect….
Gender between the ears
The study came from the University Center Rotterdam. For a better understanding of which causes contributed to age-related hearing loss (ARHL), they conducted a study of over 3,000 participants aged between 52-99, focusing on high- and low-frequency hearing loss.
A fascinating factor which emerged from the extensive study revealed that men and women differed when it came to ARHL. Whereas male participants had more hearing loss at high frequencies, women were the opposite – they had a greater hearing loss at lower frequencies1.
In spite of the difference between genders, they did however share comparable factors leading to their opposite overall results. Age, being a current smoker and having a lower educational level were the three contributing causes in both males and females1.
Diabetes, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), oh my!
Unhealthy lifestyle choices and hearing loss were also found to be related.
Smoking was a major factor leading to ARHL. For women, it was discovered that smoking considerably affected both low and high frequencies and for men, just the latter1. A secondary study also found that a non-smoker living with someone who did smoke is more likely to experience hearing loss2.
Although smoking affected both genders considerably, other factors were not shared between the two. In males, systolic blood pressure appeared to be a great cause contributing to hearing loss. However, within females, diabetes and high BMI figures were higher factors related to ARHL1 .
Hearing loss down under
Did you know that one in six Australians experience with hearing loss3? Or that over 2.6 million people in the country smoke daily4? Furthermore, a shocking 63 percent of Australian adults are overweight or obese.
If you or somebody you know relates to any of the above statistics, booking in for a health check and a hearing test could be a step in the right direction. Request your no cost* hearing test with HEARING Life by clicking here, or to find out more, call our experts on 1800 030 502.
1Karger, Contributing Determinants to Hearing Loss in Elderly Men and Women: Results from the Population-Based Rotterdam Study. Accessed June, 2017.
2NCBI, Cigarette smoking and hearing loss: the epidemiology of hearing loss study. Accessed June, 2017.
3HICA, About hearing loss. Accessed June, 2017
4Department of Health, Tobacco Control key facts and figures. Accessed June, 2017
5AIHW, Overweight and obesity. Accessed June 2017