March is National Kidney Month and March 8 is World Kidney Day. We bring this to your attention because hearing loss commonly coexists with chronic kidney disease (CKD), chronic renal failure, and other kidney diseases. People with CKD and other diseases of the kidney are encouraged to make hearing checks a routine part of their medical care.

As published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, and highlighted on the National Kidney Foundation web site, a team of Australian researchers found that older adults with moderate chronic kidney disease have a higher prevalence of hearing loss than those of the same age without CKD.

These research findings, along with other documented studies, underscore the importance of making hearing checks a routine part of the medical care of people with kidney disease.