March is National Kidney Month, and the Better Hearing Institute has decided to use this month to raise awareness of the link between kidney disease and hearing loss.
According to the article in the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch, researchers in Australia found that adults over 50 with moderate chronic kidney disease are more likely to have hearing loss than other adults who don't have kidney disease.
Now that the link has been found, doctors may be able to recognize the likelihood of hearing loss occurring in their patients with kidney disease and assess hearing before it becomes a problem with the patients' quality of life.
In recognition of National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day on March 8th, the Better Hearing Institute has put up an online hearing check here. The simple test can help people recognize if they may have a hearing loss and it recommends seeing an audiologist after the test if there is a possibility of hearing loss.