New research from the Columbia Aging Center indicates that hearing loss is a predictor for premature death

Friday, December 14, 2018

A new Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center faculty study links hearing loss with an increased risk for mortality before the age of 75 due to cardiovascular disease

Researchers at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found that mortality among those with hearing loss is elevated, particularly among men and women younger than age 75 and those who are divorced or separated. However, mortality risk was diminished in adults with a well-hearing partner. This is the first study to investigate the combined effects of hearing loss with partnership, parental status, and increased mortality risk. The findings are published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.

“Old age greatly increases the risk for hearing loss,” said Vegard Skirbekk, PhD, Columbia Aging Center faculty member and professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health. “Therefore, as the population ages, we are seeing increasing numbers of people with hearing loss. At the same time, there are greater numbers of adults living without a partner—putting people with hearing loss at an increased risk for death.”

To read more, see this link or view the paper here.