How hearing can affect your overall health


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) As the body ages, things change. Some are noticeable, but other changes may happen more gradually.

An estimated 48 million people in America have some degree of hearing loss. McDonald Hearing Services is working hard to get them the treatment they need to live their lives to the fullest.

Hearing loss can come on gradually and may not be noticeable. In fact, people around you may notice the changes first. McDonald does free hearing screenings so you can get a baseline even if you don’t notice anything dramatic yet. They also work with physicians to educate them on hearing screenings and urge them to include them in regular physicals.Hearing Loss Risk Factors

  • Smokers have a 70% higher risk
  • Twice as common in people with diabetes
  • Osteoporosis may impact middle ear bones
  • Heart health and low blood flow to inner ear can cause hearing loss
  • Hypertension may accelerate hearing loss

Dr. Pamela Keenan Au.D.  Doctor of Audiology at McDonald says some health conditions can make hearing loss worse.

McDonald Hearing Services is holding a series of Lunch and Learn events. The next one is at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at Avalon Point Clubhouse in Caledonia. There is limited seating, so RSVP soon by calling 888-481-6373.McDonald Hearing Services Locations

  • 4444 Kalamazoo SE, Kentwood
  • 1202 West Oak, Greenville
  • 961 4 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids

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About McDonald Hearing Services

At McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care, we realize that the idea of hearing loss and purchasing of hearing aids can be overwhelming. We understand your challenges and we’re here to help. Whether it’s your hearing needs, or the hearing needs of a loved one, we can provide you with the information you need to eliminate confusion, allowing you to make informed decisions about your hearing health.