Though the federal government has issued strict guidelines for the use of certain heavy metals in consumer products and construction materials, substances like lead and mercury unfortunately remain a part of everyday life for many Americans. The gradual buildup of these metals in the system can cause a wide range of physical and cognitive symptoms from vomiting and joint pain to depression and fatigue. Last year, researchers also discovered a new ailment to add to the list: hearing loss.

According to online medical resource MedPage Today, researchers from the University of Michigan culled information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that was conducted between 1999 and 2004. By analyzing the data provided by 3,698 adults across the United States in that time period, the scientists found that people who were exposed to low levels of cadmium and lead – two heavy metals that, though considered toxic in high amounts, are found in many household goods – were more likely to develop hearing loss.

"The present study supports the hypothesis that environmental cadmium and lead exposures at levels currently observed in the [United States] may increase the risk of hearing loss, the third leading chronic condition experienced by adults ages 65 and older," the study abstract states.

Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that further measures should be taken – either by the national government or corporations themselves, to reduce environmental exposure to these metals.

If you are concerned about heavy metal exposure, or have already started displaying toxicity symptoms, contact the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America. We offer a detoxification service called IV chelation therapy that extracts heavy metals from your system so you can overcome this ailment and age gracefully.