12 February 2019

Increased risk of hearing loss among heart failure patients

Hearing loss and heart failure are conditions that are common among older adults. 75% of adults aged 70 years or older with heart failure also have a hearing loss, an American study states.

Elderly people with heart failure have a 1.67 times higher risk of mild or greater hearing loss compared with elderly people without a heart failure, an American study finds.

Connection between hearing loss and heart failure

According to the study, hearing loss was more prevalent among participants with heart failure. Of the participants with heart failure, 74.4 % of them had a hearing loss whereas 63.3% of the participants without a heart failure had a hearing loss. Therefore, elderly people with heart failure are at greater risk of developing a hearing loss compared to those without heart failure, the study states.

About the study

The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which is a series of ongoing cross-sectional surveys of the civilian non-institutionalized population in USA. The study examined data from adults aged 70 years or older who were heart failure patients.

The study, “Hearing loss Among Older Adults With Heart Failure in the United States: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey”, was published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Source: JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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