Hearing isn't just an important part of communication. It can affect your whole body and your whole body can affect your ability to hear. 


Did you know that 27 million Americans have hearing loss? Only 1 in 7 of those uses a hearing aid. While millions of Americans have hearing loss, most don't seek help right away. The average wait is 7 to 10 years.

Along with 25 million Americans experiencing tinnitus (ringing in the ears). There are 200+ drugs known to cause tinnitus; including antibiotics, cancer medications, diuretics, and certain anti-depressants.


Hearing loss doesn't just contribute to dementia and depression. It can also lead to social isolation as people start to avoid noisy places like restaurants and decline social invitations because they have trouble keeping up with conversations which slowly decreases the mental elasticity of our brains. If we don't use it, we lose it. 

  • Mild Hearing Loss is 2X the risk of dementia.
  • Moderate Hearing Loss is 3X the risk of dementia. 
  • Severe Hearing Loss is 5X more likely to develop dementia. 


Maintaining good overall health plays an important factor and can be linked to hearing loss as well. 

  • Heart disease can contribute to hearing loss
  • Diabetes= 2X the risk of hearing loss 
    • Diabetes may damage the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear, doubling the risk of hearing loss. 
  • Pre-diabetes has a 30% higher rate of hearing loss. 
  • Chemotherapy can cause progressively irreversible hearing loss 
  • Risk of Falling 
    • Hearing loss may lead to a significant risk of falls. Just a 25 decibel loss = 3X more likely to fall. 
    • For every 10+ decibels add an additional 1.4X risk of falling. 
    • Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle, is also linked to hearing loss. People with this condition have 1.76X times the risk of sudden deafness. 


  • Those who smoke 15.1% are more likely to develop hearing loss if they smoke. 
  • Loud Work Environment 
    • Farming, construction, factory work, and other loud jobs can damage the inner hairs of your ear causing a noise-induced hearing loss 
    • Snowmobiling, shooting firearms, motorcycling, and listening to loud music can cause hearing loss. 

Talk with your local hearing specialist about how hearing loss may be affecting your everyday life including causing isolation, increasing your risk of falling, and coinciding with depression or dementia. McCollum Hearing Center wants to not only help you with your hearing loss but help you improve your quality of life.