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Study: Sleep Apnea Linked with Hearing Impairment

hearing impairmentA recent study presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference reveals that there’s a link between sleep apnea, a disorder that affects upwards of 18 million Americans, and hearing loss.

According to CBS News, researchers examined data on 13,967 participants in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. They found that the individuals in the group who had sleep apnea had a 31 percent increased risk of high frequency hearing impairment and a 90 percent increased risk of low frequency hearing impairment.

It’s important to note that this study does not indicate a cause-and-effect relationship between sleep apnea and hearing loss. That being said, it’s one of the many health issues that have been linked with this disorder.

"Sleep apnea is more of a systemic and chronic disease than just something that happens when you're sleeping," said study author Dr. Neomi Shah of the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, as reported by the source. "It probably affects multiple different organs, so I would probably urge we start thinking about sleep apnea as more like a chronic disease with vascular and inflammatory issues.”

If you have sleep apnea, it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to treat this disorder so that you can reduce the risk of serious health complications. This includes sanitizing your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment daily to ensure that it’s clean and functioning properly. Consider buying the SoClean® 2, an automated CPAP sanitizer, to make this process easier and more effective than ever.

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