What Did You Say?

In honor of National Kidney Month (not to be confused with World Kidney Day), I searched the web to see what new information I could find.  When I did find it, you could have heard a pin drop – or maybe not.  Now I understand why my children have been begging me to get my hearing tested.  The following appeared on Yahoo’s PRWEB on Monday, March 14, 2011. I took the online test mentioned in the article and, sure enough, I need to see (luckily not hear) an audiologist. Consider taking the online test yourself after you read this not very well known information about CKD patients.

People with Chronic Kidney Disease Should Have Their Hearing Checked: March is National Kidney Month

 

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) should take the Across America Hearing Check Challenge—a free, quick, and confidential online hearing test at http://www.hearingcheck.org. The non-profit Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is offering the test as part of its effort to raise awareness of the link between chronic kidney disease and hearing loss. March is National Kidney Month. BHI’s online test will help people determine if they need a comprehensive hearing check by a hearing professional.

Research shows that hearing loss is common in people with moderate chronic kidney disease. As published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and highlighted on the National Kidney Foundation web site, a team of Australian researchers found that older adults with moderate chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a higher prevalence of hearing loss than those of the same age without CKD.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, an Australian research team assessed more than 2,900 individuals aged 50 and older, including 513 with moderate chronic kidney disease. Of those with CKD, more than 54 percent reported some level of hearing loss compared to only 28 percent of the rest of the group. Nearly 30 percent of the CKD participants showed severe hearing loss compared with only 10 percent of the non-CKD participants.

“Unaddressed hearing loss can have very significant consequences on a person’s life and greatly undermine quality of life,” said Sergei Kochkin, PhD, BHI’s executive director. “We need to alert people with chronic kidney disease of their potential for hearing loss as a result of their disease and encourage hearing screenings as part of their routine medical care to help optimize their quality of life.”

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk. But early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.

Referencing the Australian study, Dr. Kerry Willis, Senior Vice President of Scientific Activities at the National Kidney Foundation stated: “These findings could lead to a modification of the usual care of people with CKD. Earlier clinical hearing assessments and fitting of hearing aids in CKD patients can improve quality of life and lead to better management of underlying conditions which could, in turn, potentially preserve hearing function.”

About Hearing Loss
Approximately one in 10 Americans, or 34 million people, have some degree of hearing loss. Yet, fewer than 15 percent of physicians today ask patients if they have any hearing problems.

Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, and diminished psychological and overall health.

Fortunately, the vast majority of people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. And nine out of ten hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life.

Founded in 1973, BHI conducts research and engages in hearing health education with the goal of helping people with hearing loss benefit from proper treatment. For more information on hearing loss, visit http://www.betterhearing.org. To take the Across America Hearing Check Challenge, visit http://www.hearingcheck.org.

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Fabia D’Arienzo
1-202-656-8846

It’s only Tuesday.  Let’s see if you can at least make an appointment with an audiologist before the end of the week should your online hearing test indicate you need to. If it doesn’t, I’m glad to hear it (That word, hear, is so much a part of our language).

Until then,

Keep living your life!

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