Can Osteoporosis Cause Hearing Loss?

No Bones About It: Osteoporosis May Nearly Double Risk of Sudden Hearing Loss

What does osteoporosis, a potentially debilitating disease affecting some 10 million Americans and 2 million Canadians, have in common with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, dementia, and other selected conditions? It can go hand in hand with hearing loss.

More specifically, at least one study links osteoporosis to a nearly doubled risk of sudden sensorineural hearing loss, a disease that can touch people of all ages around the globe but primarily affects those in their 50s and 60s.

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by weakened bones that are more vulnerable to breakage. It occurs when the normal process of old bone being replaced by new bone slows down, putting the person at greater risk of serious problems such as hip, wrist, and spine fractures.

Though some osteoporosis risk factors

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Hear Better, Live Longer

Tips to Help You Live Longer With Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is linked to health conditions that can affect not only your well-being but also your life span. If you have a hearing loss, here is what you should know so you can be the happiest, healthiest you.

Your Balance

In a study published in JAMA, individuals with at least a mild hearing loss (25 decibels) lost their balance and fell more often than those with healthy hearing. There was an additional increase in the odds of a fall as hearing loss worsened; falls were about 1.4 times as likely for each 10-decibel increase in hearing loss.

The effects of hearing loss may mean that more brainpower is devoted to hearing than to balance. Posture and body control require brain activity that may be impaired due to hearing loss, throwing off a person’s balance. These distractions may increase the risk of falling.

According to the National Council …

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Healthy Hearing Can Help You Live Longer

4 Surprising Ways Better Hearing Can Help You Live Longer

In the office the other day, we were talking about segment “Today” did back in January on the benefits of working into retirement.

They cited advantages like living longer, keeping your brain fit, reducing isolation and depression, and reinforcing identity.

The more we talked about it, the more we saw parallels between working into retirement and better hearing. It’s probably no surprise to you, but healthy hearing goes hand in hand with being able to do your best at work, too!

Fun fact:

A 2007 study by the Better Hearing Institute found that workers are most affected by hearing loss during phone calls and conversations with co-workers. Conversely, nearly 7 in 10 participants reported improvements in their ability to communicate effectively when they used hearing aids. For jobs where communication is critical, treating hearing loss can pay dividends.

Living Longer

Researchers at …

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Foods that support your hearing health

3 Nutritious Recipes That Support Healthy Hearing

National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to try out these nutritious, hearing-healthy recipes.

March is National Nutrition Month — ready to decorate your plate with something festive and fresh? We’ve brought together some nutrient-rich recipes packed with foods that provide a solid foundation for hearing health.   Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Research shows those with diabetes are more likely to have a hearing loss. This recipe with sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and beans is perfect for those with diabetes or those concerned about hearing health.   Ingredients (serves 4)

4 medium sweet potatoes 2 tbsp olive oil 1 shallot, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 (four-inch) sprig fresh rosemary 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 1 1/2 cups cooked and drained white beans 6 cups spinach, trimmed and cut into ribbons Juice of 1/4 orange Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. …

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Help your heart, help your hearing

10 Heart-Healthy Snack Ideas

Celebrate American Heart Month with heart-healthy snack recipes that also help your hearing.

Why is a hearing care provider talking to you about American Heart Month? Because hearing health is strongly linked to heart health! Problems with your heart affect the blood supply to your ears — a key component of your hearing. So we’ve put together a list of our favorite heart-healthy snack recipes to get you through this important month.

10 Heart-Healthy Snack Recipes

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie Protein, fiber, antioxidants, vegetables — it doesn’t get much more heart healthy than this powerhouse blueberry and yogurt smoothie, and prep time is minimal. It’s good for a snack or even for a light breakfast.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa What’s the Big Game without the big snacks, right? But all too often, those snacks come with a heaping helping of sodium, which can lead to high …

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