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Obesity May Be Linked to Hearing Loss

December 12, 2013 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

By Brenda Goodman, HealthDay 12/10/2013

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Listen up: Being obese, especially if you carry those extra pounds around your waist, might be linked to hearing loss, a new study suggests.

Researchers tracked more than 68,000 women participating in the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study. Every two years from 1989 to 2009, the women answered detailed questions about their health and daily habits. In 2009, they were asked if they’d experienced hearing loss, and, if so, at what age

One in six women reported hearing loss during the study period, the researchers said.

Those with a higher body-mass index (BMI) or larger waist circumference faced a higher risk for hearing problems compared to normal-weight women. BMI is a measurement of body fat based on a ratio of height and weight.

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