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Comorbidities and Hearing Loss: What You Should Know

A comorbidity means that a person has at least two chronic diseases at the same time. It can also refer to two or more disorders occurring at the same as time as a primary disorder. Some of these health issues may cause hearing loss or affect your hearing health in some way. Here's what you should know about the common comorbidities and possible hearing loss.

Heart Disease

Hearing loss is the third most common health issue in the United States, and heart disease comes in first. There's also an important connection between them. Sensitive hair cells in the inner ear play a key role in hearing. They send hearing signals to the brain so that you can interpret them as sounds. This is a process that requires good circulation. Heart disease causes hearing loss due to circulation and blood flow issues. This includes what goes to the hearing or auditory system.

Dementia

You need to stimulate the part of the brain that deals with hearing to keep it working as intended. Studies show that untreated hearing loss can cause the hearing part of the brain enough for it to shut down. This increases the risk of developing dementia. Dementia also increases the cognitive load on the brain. This could affect how your brain processes hearing information.

Depression and Other Mental Health Issues

When not treated, hearing loss can affect your ability to interact and communicate. This reduced socialization and interaction can worsen or contribute to depression. Be sure to treat hearing loss as soon as the problem becomes noticeable. You can maintain your friendships and connections easier once you address the problem. In turn, you may be less susceptible to depression and other mental health issues.

Balance Issues (and Related Trips and Falls)

Studies show that the risk of tripping or falling increases for each 10 decibels of hearing loss. The reason? Your ears are part of the vestibular system, which helps maintain your sense of balance. The fluids in your ear that are part of this system that keeps you balanced and remain stable as you move. Otherwise, you may experience a sense of imbalance referred to as vertigo.

Being Diligent about Hearing Care

It's important to maintain your health as much as possible. But, you shouldn't leave your hearing health on the back burner. Even if you don't think you have hearing issues, err on the side of caution and see what an audiologist has to say. While hearing loss is more common in older adults, it's something that can happen at any age. Hearing loss can affect anyone and everyone.

Call Us Today

As mentioned above, you can address most types of hearing loss with the right hearing care. In some cases, this means a customized hearing aid that's best for your preferences and needs. The hearing specialists at Beltone of Northwest Florida are here for you. We give you clear, personalized answers. We offer sensible solutions that can make a much-appreciated difference. Contact our hearing care professionals today to discuss your hearing loss concerns.