Being overweight might damage your hearing
HEARING loss has been linked with obesity in a study of 48,000 Japanese workers given annual hearing checks. The results, published in the Clinical Nutrition journal, showed hearing loss risk was highest in obese employees – even after adjusting for factors such as noise exposure. The researchers, from the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, suggested three causes: the furring-up of arteries constricting blood flow to the inner ear; obesity-related chemical changes disrupting the hair cells that help us hear; and inflammation damaging the inner ear.
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