Cape Cod Hearing Center and Audiologist Theresa Cullen Promote National Kidney Month; Urge People with Chronic Kidney Disease to Get Their Hearing Checked

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Link found between kidney disease and hearing loss.

“Chronic kidney disease is a serious illness that affects roughly 13 percent of the adult U.S. population,”

Cape Cod Hearing Center is joining the Better Hearing Institute in promoting National Kidney Month in March . Cape Cod Hearing Center will be raising awareness of the threat that kidney disease poses and of the link between kidney disease and hearing loss.
As part of its outreach efforts, Audiologist Theresa Cullen is urging people with chronic kidney disease to get their hearing checked. A free, quick, and confidential online hearing check at http://www.hearingcheck.org can help people determine if they need a comprehensive, objective hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional.

“Chronic kidney disease is a serious illness that affects roughly 13 percent of the adult U.S. population,” says Theresa Cullen, Doctor of Audiology and President of Cape Cod Hearing Center. “Yet many people don’t know much about it. Cape Cod Hearing Center, wants to help raise awareness of the serious threat that chronic kidney disease poses and inform people of the actions they can take to protect their kidney health. Hearing loss is common among people with chronic kidney disease, therefore, hearing checks should be a routine part of their medical care.”
“Unaddressed hearing loss can have very significant consequences on a person’s day-to-day living and greatly undermine quality of life,” said Sergei Kochkin, PhD, BHI's executive director. “We hope that by participating in National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day, we will raise awareness of the link between hearing and kidney health. We believe that if more people with chronic kidney disease get earlier and more frequent hearing tests, their hearing loss can be addressed and their quality of life improved.”
About Chronic Kidney Disease
(Source: National Kidney Foundation)

According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 26 million Americans over age 20 have CKD—roughly 13 percent of the adult population. And people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and/or a family history of kidney disease are at risk for developing CKD. The good news is that there are things that people can do to help prevent or delay the progression of CKD.
The National Kidney Foundation offers these top five tips for keeping both the kidneys and heart healthy.
(1)    Don’t smoke. The strongest modifiable risk fact for both kidney and heart disease is smoking. There is nothing you can do that is more important in the prevention of both heart and kidney disease as stopping smoking.
(2)    Control your blood pressure. High blood pressure causes both kidney and heart disease.
(3)    Eat a proper diet. This should be patterned after the DASH diet.
(4)    Maintain a healthy body weight, which requires balancing calorie intake with exercise and activity.
(5)    Have your physician test you for both heart and kidney disease. It turns out that heart disease is a risk factor for kidney disease and kidney disease is a known risk factor for heart disease. Hence, if you know you have one, you should have yourself tested for the other.
About Hearing Loss
Approximately one in 10 Americans, or 34 million people, have some degree of hearing loss. Yet, fewer than 15 percent of physicians screen their patients for hearing loss during an annual physical exam.
Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, and diminished psychological and overall health.
Fortunately, the vast majority of people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. And three out of four hearing aid users attribute improvements in their quality of life due to wearing hearing aids.

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