Men and women aged 70 or older with hearing loss and found that they were 32% more likely to have been admitted to hospital.
(PRWEB UK) 25 June 2013
Researchers from John Hopkins Medicine have found that people aged 70 or over with hearing loss are more likely than their counterparts with normal hearing to need hospitalization as well as being more likely to experience longer periods of inactivity and depression – according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, published online on June 12.
The researchers analysed data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey and reviewed data from 1,140 men and women aged 70 or older with hearing loss and found that they were 32% more likely to have been admitted to hospital than 529 older people in the study who had normal hearing. They had their hearing tested across a four year span and those who could only hear sounds louder than 25 decibels were considered to have hearing loss.
The findings also revealed that older people with hearing loss were 36% more likely to have spans of illness or injury lasting more than ten days, with 57% more likely to have profound periods of stress, depression or bad mood. With social isolation noted as a primary reason for these bouts of physical illness and depression as well as reduced cognitive ability.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“Hearing loss has previously been linked with reduced cognitive ability in older people and this new research reveals the other health effects it can have. Hearing loss can be isolating and it is understandable that there is an increased risk of depression. It’s important to address hearing loss sooner rather than later and a hearing test at one of hearing centres across the country will allow you to talk your hearing problems over with an experienced audiologist and find the right solution for you.”
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.