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How To Use Your Feet To Keep From Going Deaf

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If you think you hear just with your ears, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have some news they want you to hear: Activities you do with your feet can lower your risk of deafness.

An analysis of data from more than 68,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study II, who were followed from 1989 to 2009, shows that doing more walking, keeping your weight down and staying slender may lower your chances of going deaf.

“We often think of hearing loss as an inevitable part of the aging process, but these findings provide evidence that potentially modifiable risk factors, such as maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active, may help in the prevention of hearing loss or delay its progression,” says researcher Sharon Curhan.

In this group of women, those women who were the  most active enjoyed a 17 percent lower risk of hearing loss. Walking, the most common form of physical activity reported among these women, was linked to lower risk.

Walking two hours per week or more was associated with a 15 percent lower risk of hearing loss, compared with walking less than one hour per week.

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