Hearing loss isn’t just about not being able to hear clearly anymore. Mild to moderate hearing loss can have a profound affect on the body’s overall health and well-being. Since it is actually our brains that “hear” (our ears are just the receptacle through which the sound waves are carried to the brain), non-functioning or low-functioning hearing can affect several aspects of our health.

Dr. Frank R. Lin, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. He has conducted several studies in the area of hearing loss and the affects on the body and overall health. He says that many of his research ideas come from talking to his clinical patients. Below are excerpts from four of his studies with links to the full article.

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If these four aren’t enough to convince you to take care of your ears and your hearing, we’ll try again next week!

Of course, if you suspect you or a loved one has hearing loss that needs treatment,

see your audiologist or contact ihearingaids…because we love to help!!

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