Chronic Kidney Disease and Hearing Loss
Suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease can have a toll on a person’s life, and now a new study discussed by the American Journal of Kidney Diseases suggests that people who are 50 and older suffering from this condition might now have to worry about their hearing health.
Australian Doctor, David Harris, associate dean of Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney, was the author of this study. 2,900 people were tested, 513 suffering from moderate kidney disease. More than half of them reported having loss of hearing.
According to Dr. Harris, the reason for the loss has to do with “ Structural and functional similarities between tissues in the inner ear and in the kidney”. Dr. Harris suggests “Toxins that accumulate in kidney failure can damage nerves, including those in the inner ear. Another reason for this connection is that kidney disease and hearing loss share common risk factors, including diabetes, high blood pressure and advanced age.”
Senior vice president of the National Kidney Foundation, Dr. Kerry Willis commented on the matter. According to him, people suffering from chronic kidney disease might begin receiving hearing tests and fittings for hearing aids to improve their quality of life.
If you or someone you know suffers from Chronic Kidney Disease, visit your local Miami hearing center to obtain an appointment with an audiologist such as Dr. Joseph Duran. This professional will be able diagnose your hearing health.