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May 23, 2016
Obesity increases the risk of hearing loss

Obesity has a negative effect on hearing function, especially the ability to hear high frequencies, a study among women aged 18-40 finds(

A study on the association between hearing loss and obesity among women aged 18-40 years demonstrates that obesity may affect hearing function. In particular the ability to hear high frequencies seems to be negatively connected to obesity.

The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University in Turkey, included forty women diagnosed with obesity and forty healthy, non-obese women. Each study participant was tested with both low and high frequency audiometry.

The results suggest that obesity may affect hearing function and thereby points to the fact that hearing loss as a result of obesity can be prevented by avoidance or control of obesity and its risk factors.

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