Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle. It may also increase risk for sudden, unexplained hearing loss in some patients, according to a new study.
Researchers reviewed the medical records of more than 10,000 people diagnosed with osteoporosis between 1999 and 2008, and nearly 32,000 people who did not have the condition. Then they analyzed insurance records to see how many were diagnosed with sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or an unexplained rapid loss of hearing, by the end of 2011.
The results showed that people with osteoporosis had a much higher risk of developing sudden deafness than those in the control group.
One of the study authors says, “a growing body of evidence indicates that osteoporosis affects not only bone health, but the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems,” as well. He says osteoporosis patients need to be made aware that they should seek immediate medical help if they experience hearing loss.
About half of people with sudden deafness regain all or some of their hearing spontaneously. About 85% of those who are treated recover some hearing.
I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading – health news for healthier living.