Hearing loss affects most of us sooner or later, but for some of us, it may be a symptom or an outcome of another illness or health issue. Comorbidities are the health issues that, in some cases, accompany hearing loss. It can be anything from physical disorders to mental conditions. In this blog, we take a look at the top five comorbidities.
Poor cardiovascular health can cause strokes, heart attacks, and coronary artery disease. It is important to catch cardiovascular diseases early and one of the first signs is blood vessel trauma to the inner ear. This trauma damages the hearing nerves and causes hearing loss.
High blood sugar can also cause damage to the inner ear. Therefore, people with diabetes are at a much higher risk to suffer from hearing loss. A common symptom that patients with diabetes suffer from is tingling in fingers and toes. A very similar thing happens with the blood vessels and nerves in the ear, which impacts the way we hear.
Our thyroid produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. Grave’s disease and Hashimoto are common thyroid disorders, which attack the immune system. Researchers are not sure what the connection is between thyroid disorders and hearing loss is, but they have been linked in multiple cases.
Struggling to hear or listen can be physically exhausting and therefore lead to self-isolation. People with hearing loss tend to go out less, as it just gets too frustrating to be around others and try to carry a conversation. It can also exhaust the brain and inhibit its ability to perform at a higher level. The combination of isolation and low brain stimulation can accelerate cognitive decline.
Another side effect of isolation is depression. It can be a really sad thing to not hear as well as before. Not going out as much, missing out of daily sounds such as the birds in the sky or the waves in the ocean, or not being able to interact with family and friends, can make a person feel very anxious and lonely.
In conclusion, it is very beneficial to understand the importance of maintaining healthy hearing in order to live a healthier, happier life. If you have not had your hearing tested in a while or suspect that you have a hearing loss, call you local hearing professional to make an appointment and discuss these comorbidities to see if you could be at risk.