Hearing loss linked to other, more worrying diseases?

Last update on Dec, 04, 2017

During Child Safety Week in the UK (June 18th to 24th), the US is promoting National Employee Wellness Month. In light of this, Stateside-based charity the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) has called on companies to make hearing health a top priority in their workplace wellness initiatives.

It noted that in recent months, a number of reports have linked hearing loss to several other chronic diseases of note, such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Another research paper also linked hearing loss to a threefold risk of falling among people between 40 and 69, costing companies billions of dollars' worth of lost productivity, reduced earnings, reduced productivity and increased absenteeism.

In recent months, a number of reports have linked hearing loss to several other chronic diseases

The BHI has gone further to support its US-based companies and has offered a simple yet effective online hearing check , where people can assess if they need more comprehensive tests from a professional.

Dr Sergei Kochkin, the BHI's executive director, said: "Hearing loss is far more serious than people realise. When left unaddressed, hearing loss negatively affects virtually every aspect of an individual's life.

"In the workplace especially, untreated hearing loss can take a significant financial toll. We urge all employers to take appropriate measures to protect the hearing of their workers and to include hearing health in their workplace wellness programs."

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