Hidden Hearing Respond to Research that Links Lead and Cadmium Exposure to Hearing Loss

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Experts in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, comment on findings that exposure to lead and cadmium could possibly lead to hearing loss.

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Many factors can contribute to hearing loss and it is important to be aware of the risks and where to go to for help

Low levels of lead and cadmium may be a contributing factor towards hearing loss, according to a large study of US adults, reports Environmental Health News.

Researchers identified hearing loss seen at metal concentrations common in the general population and below workplace standards, with hearing ability dropping about 14-19%.

The study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives and looked at 3,698 US adults aged 20 to 69 years old who had responded to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2004.

The researchers found the link after looking for other factors associated with hearing loss such as age, sex, education and health problems.

A spokesperson for Hidden Hearing said:

“This research reveals some interesting links between hearing loss and exposure to lead and cadmium. Many factors can contribute to hearing loss and it is important to be aware of the risks and where to go to for help. It is essential to be aware of any changes in your hearing and to book an audiogram to measure your hearing ability if you feel you have problems. Understanding what causes may be behind the hearing loss is also very important."

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People

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