The study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital looked at 68,421 women over a twenty year period of time. Researchers found that women with BMI of 30-34 had a risk for hearing loss that was 17 percent higher and those with a BMI of 40 or more had a risk that was 25 percent higher than for those whose BMI was 25 or lower. (BMI is found by dividing your weight in pounds by the square of your height in inches and multiplying that number by 703.)
Women whose waists were 30.5 inches to 34.6 inches had a risk of 11 percent higher than women whose waist were less than 28 inches. Women whose waists were more than 34.6 inches had a 27 percent greater risk than those with 28 inch waists.
Women who were the most physically active had a 17 percent lower risk of hearing loss with women who were the least physically active.
Hearing loss has been linked to dementia, increased risk of falls, and significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety, and other psychosocial disorders when left untreated. All of which have been associated with higher costs of care. If you are experiencing hearing loss, see a doctor and get checked out.