Obesity and Hearing Loss

Obesity and Hearing Loss

Obesity and Hearing Loss


At Ahrens Hearing Aid Center, we know how frustrating hearing loss can be; we’ve been treating patients in the Fair Lawn, Hackensack and Paramus areas in New Jersey since 1968.
There are many causes of hearing loss, including:

  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Aging
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Head trauma

A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine has added obesity to the list of potential causes of hearing loss. The research, provided by Brigham and Women’s’ Hospital, indicates that women with a higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference have a higher risk of sustaining hearing loss. Conversely, increased physical activity lowers the risk of hearing loss in women.

The study, which spanned over 20 years, from 1989 through 2009, and included over 68,000 participants, concluded that women with a higher BMI, larger waist circumference and lower level of physical activity had up to a 27% increase in risk of hearing loss over their peers with a healthier weight and a more active lifestyle.

Fortunately, this is one risk factor that you can eliminate. The same study indicates that walking just four hours a week can reduce your risk of sustaining hearing loss by up to 15%.
While researchers admitted they aren’t sure how the two conditions are related, they do have theories and strongly suggest that if you’re overweight, or have a waist over 34 inches, you should get your hearing checked.

When you’re concerned about your hearing for any reason, trust the experts at Ahrens. We provide compassionate care, extensive hearing evaluations and effective solutions to residents of Fair Lawn, Paramus and Hackensack, New Jersey and the surrounding areas. We look forward to serving you.

At Ahrens Hearing Aid Center, we know how frustrating hearing loss can be; we’ve been treating patients in the Fair Lawn, Hackensack and Paramus areas in New Jersey since 1968.
There are many causes of hearing loss, including:

  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Aging
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Head trauma

A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine has added obesity to the list of potential causes of hearing loss. The research, provided by Brigham and Women’s’ Hospital, indicates that women with a higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference have a higher risk of sustaining hearing loss. Conversely, increased physical activity lowers the risk of hearing loss in women.

The study, which spanned over 20 years, from 1989 through 2009, and included over 68,000 participants, concluded that women with a higher BMI, larger waist circumference and lower level of physical activity had up to a 27% increase in risk of hearing loss over their peers with a healthier weight and a more active lifestyle.

Fortunately, this is one risk factor that you can eliminate. The same study indicates that walking just four hours a week can reduce your risk of sustaining hearing loss by up to 15%.
While researchers admitted they aren’t sure how the two conditions are related, they do have theories and strongly suggest that if you’re overweight, or have a waist over 34 inches, you should get your hearing checked.

When you’re concerned about your hearing for any reason, trust the experts at Ahrens. We provide compassionate care, extensive hearing evaluations and effective solutions to residents of Fair Lawn, Paramus and Hackensack, New Jersey and the surrounding areas. We look forward to serving you.