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Sleeping and Hearing
Posted by The Center for Better Hearing on May 04, 2018
Obstructive sleep apnea affects more than 18 million adults and is associated with heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, arrhythmia and obesity. Some research supports the idea that lowered oxygen levels are a potential risk for the cochlear cells or may impair transmission of nerve impulses. The risk factors are complex.
Charles Bishop, associate professor and audiologist in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson sums up the complexity. “I would look at sleep apnea as a component of cardiometabolic risk: a collection of factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease” “If you look at any relationship between these factors and hearing, it’ll be positive, because people have this factor and this one and this one. And what’s important is that carrying these risk factors for a long period of time can result in systemic problems, including auditory ones.”
Researchers at Albany Medical College have found a 30-percent increased risk for hearing loss among those with sleep apnea. Amit Chopra, author of the Hispanic Community Study/Study of Latinos, which included 13,967 adults, published in the May 2016 Journal of Sleep Medicine report….
HEARING LOSS MAY HAVE A LINK FOR BIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS THAT SHOW AN ASSOCIATION BETWEEN SLEEP APNEA AND A GREATER RISK FOR HEARING LOSS.