It helps to just jump right into the conversation. Tell your doctor that your hearing is very important to you and that you want to make sure that if you do have hearing loss it gets addressed quickly. Be direct. Ask to make a hearing screening part of your routine care. Talk to your doctor about: )) Any family history of hearing loss. )) Medicines you’re taking, or have taken for extended periods in the past. Some medications can increase the risk of hearing loss. )) Health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and moderate chronic kidney disease, which may increase your risk of hearing loss. )) Frequent exposure to noise on the job or as part of life—like loud concerts, sporting events, motorsports, hunting, regular use of earbuds and headphones, power tools, etc. Hearing loss has been linked to other health conditions, including: • Dementia • Depression • Cardiovascular disease • Diabetes • Moderate chronic kidney disease • Rheumatoid arthritis • Sleep apnea • Obesity • Increased risk of falls • Increased risk of hospitalization • Increased mortality • Memory loss & cognitive decline Tell your doctors what they need to hear.