Calling all men!
Men are nearly twice as likely to experience hearing loss than women.
Experts have found that the difference can be largely attributed to several lifestyle factors. While women have made inroads into previously male-dominated occupations, men are still working in high-risk fields in greater numbers. There are social factors and stigma surrounding the loss of hearing as well.
Type II Diabetes greatly increases your risk of developing hearing loss.
Researchers found in a meta-analysis of patients with hearing loss and Type II diabetes that patients with diabetes were statistically more likely to have hearing loss than those without the disease, regardless of age. Why? Scientists suspect that high blood glucose levels can damage the small blood vessels in the inner ear.
Regular use of NSAIDs (Advil, etc.) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) increase the risk of hearing loss in men
Younger men see a greater impact on their hearing from use. In a study of data taken from nearly 27,000 men between the ages of 40 and 74 who filled out questionnaires at regular intervals for 18 years, scientists found that regular use of aspirin increased the chance of hearing loss by 50% and 61% more likely with regular use of NSAIDs in men younger than 50. More reason to have your hearing checked early and regularly!
Men with untreated hearing loss report feelings of depression and lack of interest in regular activities, and withdrawing socially
It’s also been found that use of hearing aids has the opposite effect – men report improvement in their relationships, social life, work life, self-confidence, sense of safety, and overall mental health. Use of hearing aids can even reduce loss of income!
An ounce of prevention
A healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruit can help maintain your hearing. Potassium, zinc, magnesium and folic acid have been shown to decrease your risk of hearing loss. Fruits and vegetables high in these nutrients include bananas, cantaloupe, cooked spinach, legumes, shellfish, almonds, avocados, whole wheat bread, and citrus fruits. You won’t go hungry!
Men, as we celebrate YOU, please remember to celebrate yourself by taking good care of your hearing health.