from journal Social Science and Medicine
Old age greatly increases risk for hearing loss, but a new study suggests hearing loss is a risk factor for premature death. The details of the study at Columbia University’s School of Public Health may surprise you. Researchers say hearing loss is linked to increased risk of death before age seventy-five from cardiovascular disease. Deaths related to cancer were not affected by hearing loss, but accidental deaths, such as traffic crashes, were higher among those who lacked well-hearing partners. Authors point out that while hearing loss is the fourth leading cause of disability and strongly age-dependent, a partner may encourage use of hearing aids or assist in consulting health services when necessary. The study is published in Social Science and Medicine.