Calling All Men: Protect Your Well-Being with a Hearing Check

Men now can take an easy step toward protecting their well-being, vitality, and quality of life by checking their hearing online at www.BetterHearing.org, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). In light of increasing evidence that hearing loss is linked to other men’s health issues, BHI is urging men of all ages to address their hearing health for Men’s Health Month in June.

The free, confidential, online hearing check at www.BetterHearing.org helps men take the first step to addressing their hearing health in the privacy of their own homes, and helps them determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional.

Addressing hearing loss can help men stay active, feel younger, and remain socially and professionally engaged. Hearing their best helps men in all aspects of their lives—on the job, in relationships, in their families, and in their communities. Fortunately, today’s high-tech hearing aids can benefit the vast majority of men with hearing loss. They’re sleek, sophisticated, and among the “firsts” in leading-edge wearable technology.

Hearing Loss & Other Health Issues

Men of all ages need to pay attention to their hearing health. The number of younger men with hearing loss is increasing. And the body of evidence that hearing loss is linked to other health concerns is growing.

More and more researchers are finding that hearing loss is associated with a broad range of chronic diseases and health conditions. In fact, sleep apnea—a significant men’s health issue—was recently added to the growing list, which already includes diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, and dementia, among others.

A new study—led by Amit Chopra, MD, an expert in pulmonary medicine at the Albany Medical Center in New York, and presented at the American Thoracic Society’s 2014 International Conference—found that sleep apnea is significantly associated with hearing loss at both high and low frequencies.

“Our findings suggest that sleep apnea is a systemic disease and is associated with increased risk of hearing loss, along with a number of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. I encourage people with sleep apnea to be educated and tested for hearing loss.”

For more information on hearing loss and why healthy hearing is an important part of a man’s overall health and quality of life, visit www.BetterHearing.org. For more information on Men’s Health Month, visit www.MensHealthMonth.org.

BHI reminds men that that there are simple things they can do to protect their hearing. Listening to smartphones and MP3 players only at a low volume, and wearing earplugs in noisy environments—like sporting events, clubs, concerts, or when using power tools and riding motorcycles—are examples.

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