A study from Geriatrics Healthcare Professionals concluded that there is a connection between osteoporosis and a greater risk of hearing loss. This study indicated that individuals who had moderate or high levels of hearing loss were 40% higher in the group who had osteoporosis. The test subjects (more than 144,000 women) were part of the research over several years. If you have osteoporosis, you should consider getting an annual hearing test.
Results from the Study
The research was conducted by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as part of the Conservation of Hearing Study (CHEARS). They looked over data from about 144,000 women for up to 34 years. Data from two extensive Nurses’ Health Studies (NHS and NHS II were utilized. The studies were observing two large groups of female registered nurses. One group was established in 1976 and the other in 1989.
The study concluded that the risk of hearing loss was greater in women who had osteoporosis or LBD (Low Bone Density). Taking bisphosphonates did not lower the higher risk. They discovered that the risk of moderate or worsened hearing that occurred later was up to 40% higher in participants with osteoporosis or LBD.
Having a history of fractures in the vertebrae was linked to a 40 percent risk of hearing loss. This was not the same in the case of hip fractures.
There is still ongoing research on this subject. Future studies will observe whether the intake of calcium and Vitamin D has any impact on hearing loss since these are commonly used supplements to help prevent osteoporosis.
If you have osteoporosis - or notice hearing loss, you should regularly get a hearing test. Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing to schedule a hearing test and consultation.