Can hearing loss affect sexual function in men?

Can hearing loss affect sexual function in men?

So, there was this recent study conducted by researchers at Dicle University Medical College in Diyarbakir, Turkey and published in the The Journal of Laryngology & Otology that links hearing loss in men with reduced sexual function. The objective of the study was to assess sexual function, particularly erectile dysfunction, in men with hearing loss.

Apparently, they wanted to determine if deafness is one of the factors that leads to a change in sexual function.

To conduct the study, researchers assessed two groups of men. The first group of adult men had acquired, bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss (I’m assuming they are talking about men who became hearing-challenged versus men who were born deaf or hearing-challenged). The second group of adult men were married, considered healthy, and had normal hearing levels. The sexual function of each man in each group was assessed using the International Index of Erectile Functions questionnaire. Their quality of life was determined using the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey.

Apparently, these are well known assessment tools within the medical and/or research arena.

Their results showed “a statistically significant difference between the groups”. The findings were based on the results of the International Index of Erectile Functions questionnaire both for the individual answers and the total score. No mention was made of the results of the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey.

Apparently, ‘quality of life’ was not that big an issue in this study.

The conclusion was that “men with mild or moderate sensorineural hearing loss have poorer sexual health”.

Apparently, hearing loss can be a buzz-kill for your mojo.

To make matters worse, using drugs (such as Viagra, Levitra, Staxyn, Cialis, or Stendra) for erectile dysfunction has been shown to cause sudden hearing loss in one ear, accompanied by ringing in the ear and dizziness. This has only been reported in a small number of men, but what does that really mean? Small compared to what?

So, what’s a passionate man to do? Well, for one, take care to protect your hearing (read more about that here). Also, don’t wait until it’s too late to to have your hearing evaluated, especially if you work (or play) in an environment that can be hazardous to your hearing. In fact, you can take our hearing screening in a few short moments. Isn’t your libido worth it? We think so…and so does your wife/partner/mate/friend with benefits (the list goes on).

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