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Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and Hearing Loss

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and Hearing LossHearing loss commonly coexists with Chronic Kidney Disease, chronic renal failure, and other kidney diseases. In this article, we will talk about Polycystic Kidney Disease and hearing loss.

Hearing loss can significantly undermine a PKD patient's quality of life, it is important for patients to be aware of the causes and symptoms of this problem.

Causes and risk factors

Decline of kidney function. Study has shown older people with moderate chronic kidney disease are more likely to develop loss of hearing.

Diseases and conditions such as Diabetes, heart, circulation, or thyroid problems, high blood pressure and advanced age will increase kidney patient's risk to be affected by this problem.

Medications. Medications that are taken to treat PKD may be ototoxic to some patients. The side effects of several types of medications can cause loss of hearing.

Signs and symptoms

Signs of hearing loss in PKD can be subtle and emerge slowly, or they can be significant and come on suddenly. Either way, there are common indications.

PKD patients with hearing loss may require frequent repetition, have difficulty following conversation involving more than two people, think that other people sound muffled or mumble, have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, have trouble hearing children and women, have ringing in the ears, keep the TV turned up to a high volume, feel annoyed at others because they can't hear or understand them, feel nervous about trying to hear and understand, withdraw from social situations that they once enjoyed, etc.

When left unaddressed, hearing loss can affect virtually every aspect of an PKD patient's life. Untreated hearing loss can result in a wide range of physical and emotional conditions. So it is very important to take precautions and treatment. If you need more information and advice, please leave a message in the below or email us at Best wishes!

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