Hearing Loss Comorbidities

It is not uncommon for a person’s hearing health to be affected by other medical conditions and vice versa. This is considered a comorbidity condition. Comorbidity conditions are the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or the presence of one or more additional disorders occurring simultaneously with a primary disorder. Continue reading to learn more about hearing loss comorbidity conditions.

Hearing Loss & AUTISM

Burbank Audiology Center - Autism Comorbidities

Research suggest that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are more likely than non-autistic children to have an Auditory Processing Disorder, which makes it harder for them to discern and organize sounds.
Tinnitus and hyperacusis in children: clinic reports and basic research, 2012, Journal of Otology

Hearing Loss & ANEMIA

Burbank Audiology Center - Anemia Comorbidities

In a retrospective study of more than 300 thousand adults ages 21 through 90, iron deficiency anemia (IDA) was associated with sensorineural hearing loss and combined hearing loss. Patients with IDA were 2.41 times more likely to have combined hearing loss.
Association of Iron Deficiency Anemia With Hearing Loss in US Adults, 2016, JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery


Burbank Audiology Center - Cardiovascular Comorbidities

Research indicates that poor cardiovascular health affects both the peripheral and central auditory system. The correlation is strong enough to prompt doctors to recommend cardiovascular screening for all patients with low-frequency hearing loss.
Does cardiovascular health mediate hearing ability?, 1994, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Hearing loss & CHEMOTHERAPY

Burbank Audiology Center - Chemotherapy Comorbidities

Research strongly suggest platinum-based chemotherapy drugs may cause hearing loss. 10-29% of patients treated with chemotherapy drugs reportedly suffered hearing loss.
Ototoxicity caused by cisplatin is ameliorated by melatonin and other antioxidants., 2000, Journal of Pineal Research
Free radicals and hearing. Cause, consequence, and criteria., 1999, Annals of New York Academy of Sciences


Burbank Audiology Center - Chronic Kidney Disease Comorbidities

Research indicates that 54% of patients with moderate chronic kidney disease (CDK) report hearing loss compared to 28% with no kidney problems.
The Association Between Reduced GFR and Hearing Loss: A Cross-sectional Population-Based Study, 2010, American Journal of Kidney Disease


Burbank Audiology Center - Cognitive Decline and Dementia Comorbidities

Research shows that hearing loss leads to cognitive decline, increasing the risk of dementia in the elderly.
Self-Reported Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, and Cognitive Decline in Elderly Adults: A 25-Year Study, 2015, The American Geriatrics Society

Hearing loss & CYSTIC FIBROSIS

Burbank Audiology Center - Cystic Fybrosis Comorbidities

Recent studies show that 21% of all patients with cystic fibrosis suffer from sensorineural hearing loss, in which more than 70% of those patients had hearing loss in both ears.
Risk Factors for Hearing Loss in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis., 2016 Journal of the American Academy of Audiology

Hearing Loss & DIABETES

Burbank Audiology Center - Diabetes Comorbidities

Patients with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss, possibly because high glucose levels, a telltale sign of diabetes, can damage the blood vessels in the inner ear.
Diabetes and Hearing Impairment in the United States: Audiometric Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999 to 2004, 2008, Annals of Internal Medicine

Hearing Loss & DEPRESSION

Burbank Audiology Center - Depression Comorbidities

Multiple studies have shown a strong link between untreated hearing loss and depression. 30% of patients with severe hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids report depression, compared with 22% of hearing aid users.
The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss in Older Persons, 1999, The National Council on the Aging


Burbank Audiology Center - Hearing Aids Quality of Life Comorbidities

Patients who treat their loss with amplification devices report improvements in a number of key areas including relationships at home (60%), feelings about self (57%), mental health (44%), self-confidence (35%), sense of independence (31%) and sense of safety (30%).
Quantifying the Obvious: The Impact of Hearing Instruments on Quality of Life, 2000, The Hearing Review


Burbank Audiology Center - Hypertension & Stress Comorbidities

Patients suffering from hypertension also have an increased risk of developing hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
Effects of Hypertension on Hearing, 2013, Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery


Burbank Audiology Center - Falls Comorbidities

Individuals with mild hearing loss at 25 decibels are three times as likely to experience a fall; that risk increases 1.4 times for each additional 10 decibels of hearing loss.
Hearing loss and falls among older adults in the United States, 2012, Archives of Internal Medicine

Hearing Loss & OBESITY

Burbank Audiology Center - Obesity Comorbidities

Research shows a sizeable correlation between obesity (defined as a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher) and hearing loss. Obese individuals are 27% more likely to develop hearing impairment.
Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference, Physical Activity, and Risk of Hearing Loss in Women, 2013, The American Journal of Medicine

Hearing Loss & SLEEP APNEA

Burbank Audiology Center - Sleep Apnea Comorbidities

A large-scale study showed patients with sleep apnea had a 31% increase in high frequency hearing loss and a 90% increase in low frequency hearing loss.
Sleep Apnea Linked to Sudden Hearing Loss, 2012, The Hearing Journal


Burbank Audiology Center - Brain Shrinkage Comorbidities

Hearing loss has been shown to contribute to brain tissue loss, negatively affecting a patient’s ability to process sound and speech.
Hearing loss and cognition in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, 2011, Neuropsychology

Hearing Loss & SMOKING

Burbank Audiology Center - Smoking Comorbidities

Smokers are 15.1% more likely to develop hearing loss than passive smokers and non-smokers, while passive smokers were 28% more likely to develop hearing loss than non-smokers.
Cigarette Smoking, Passive Smoking, Alcohol Consumption, and Hearing Loss, 2014, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology