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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is all too common as an estimated 37 million American adults have this condition, while millions of others are at risk and not yet diagnosed.

As stated by the National Kidney Foundation:

1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. What puts you at risk for kidney disease? Major risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older. Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced.

Did you know…
Over 50% of those with CKD have some type of hearing loss? Please think about that, it is more likely than a coin toss.

Why might this be?

The two main causes of CKD are diabetes and hypertension. Research indicates physiologic mechanisms of these circulatory system conditions may harm our ear’s tiny blood vessels, more often in older adults. Inner ear damage can also be caused by toxins related to kidney failure, as one thing can lead to another.

Research suggests that 5 healthy habits can help prevent or delay CKD’s progression.

  • Don’t smoke
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Exercise frequently and maintain a proper weight
  • Have your Doctor test for kidney and heart disease

Do you have CKD or a family history of kidney failure that may increase your risk of hearing loss? Or do you know someone else who does?

Please know periodic evaluations which evaluate the type and degree of hearing loss are vital. In close coordination with your other medical providers, we will provide personalized solutions which empower you to be happy to hear.

Hearing the facts matters and you can benefit from an improved ability to communicate with all those involved in your kidney disease care. Please see us soon to best manage your hearing, just as you should your kidney function. We are at your service, for life, being professionally dedicated to helping you make well-informed decisions.

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North Hills Hearing and Balance Center

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