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Your Resolution to Exercise More May Prevent Hearing Loss: Study

Connect Hearing encourages Canadians to heed new research findings

For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (January 6, 2014) — Listen up, ladies! Getting exercise isn’t just about controlling your weight and building stronger muscles. Two studies suggest making time for the gym can also prevent hearing loss.

While it may be difficult to spot the relationship between physical fitness and hearing loss, new research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital says a higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference are each associated with higher risk of hearing loss, while a higher level of physical activity is associated with lower risk of hearing loss in women.

The study was published in The American Journal of Medicine.

The American Journal of Medicine article also says that after more than 1.1 million "person-years of follow-up," 11,286 cases of hearing loss were reported to have occurred. The report went on to say that higher BMI and larger waist circumference were associated with increased risk of hearing loss. 

This message isn’t just for women. In another study entitled The Correlation between Hearing Loss and Obesity in Adolescents, researchers concluded that obesity has a notable relationship with the presence and degree of hearing loss in adolescents (ages 12-19). This was particularly the case in the high frequencies, and further investigation is warranted, researchers said.

For Connect Hearing’s Director of Professional Practice MJ DeSousa, these results are no surprise and she is thrilled that researchers are starting to connect the dots between physical fitness and hearing loss. She explained that Connect Hearing has encouraged people to visit one of its clinics for free hearing tests and says it’s important for Canadians to be aware of all the issues that can affect their health.

“As far as I’m concerned, this is just another important reason for people to rewrite those resolutions and make hearing health a priority in 2014 – for women, and especially for young people who need to establish health-positive habits early,” says DeSousa. “Your hearing is so important, and it’s never too late to pay attention to your health, eat better, get more exercise, try new things and protect your hearing. The other wonderful thing about these timely reports is that it reinforces our message that hearing health doesn’t stand alone.”

About Connect Hearing

With 112 clinics across Canada, Connect Hearing is Canada’s largest network of hearing professionals. Community involvement, including the provision of complimentary hearing screenings, is at the core of Connect Hearing’s practices, which allow people to stay connected in their lives and confident in their conversations. Connect Hearing has been named one of “The Best Workplaces in Canada” in a survey of employees from companies around the nation. For more information or to find the Connect Hearing clinic closest to you, visit www.connecthearing.ca.

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Media Contact 
Deb Morse, Elevation PR
Phone: 250.658.8104
Email: deb@elevationpr.com

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