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Study suggests that hearing loss could be a sign of other health problems

If someone in your family is losing their hearing, it could be a sign of other health problems according to a study.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – If someone in your family is losing their hearing, it could be a sign of other health problems according to a study.

Researchers compared older men and women with some hearing loss to a similar group of people with normal hearing.

Those with hearing loss were:

  • 32 percent more likely to have been admitted to the hospital.

  • 36 percent more likely to have prolonged illness or injury.

  • 57 percent more likely to have had deep episodes of stress, depression or bad mood.

The authors of the study conclude that hearing loss is significantly associated with overall health and should not just be accepted as a normal part of aging.

Nearly 27 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer some degree of hearing loss.

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