How Weight Gain Can Affect Your Hearing
Anyone can develop hearing loss for varying reasons at any age. For some people, it's their age that impairs hearing. For others it's prolonged exposure to loud sounds and noises. But did you know hearing loss can also come from weight gain in some ways? If not, you're not alone. Obesity or weight gain is an often-overlooked contributing factor to hearing-related problems. Below, we explain how weight gain can affect hearing.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
We mentioned a few common causes of hearing loss above, but there are some others worth noting as well. Some of the things that go on within your body and into your body can also contribute to hearing impairment. Meniere's disease is one example. It's an inner ear disorder that usually affects one ear. It's associated with stress, smoking, anxiety, allergies, certain medications, and excessive alcohol consumption. Hearing loss can also come from:
- Earwax buildup
- Restricted blood flow
- Chronic health issues not managed well
- Physical damage to ears, like what could happen if you use hairpins or other objects to clean your ears
What's the Connection with Obesity?
Obesity doesn't have a direct link to hearing loss. But, obesity can contribute to elevated cholesterol levels. This could, in turn, clog arteries. If this happens, the restricted blood flow can cause many issues. With limited circulation, it can affect various parts within the ears. This includes tiny blood vessels in these areas that deliver essential nutrients.
Weight gain can also contribute to heart disease, which can cause hearing loss. The type of damage associated with heart disease can cause sensorineural hearing loss. This is a type of hearing loss that's permanent, although you can manage it with hearing aids.
What Can You Do?
If you have weight issues and think it is affecting your hearing, visit your primary care doctor. You may have to go to an audiologist as well to determine the extent and nature of your hearing issues. Even if you're not overweight or obese, it's a good idea to keep an eye on your cholesterol level. Higher levels of certain types of cholesterol may affect your hearing health.
It's also a good idea to develop healthy hearing and health habits that include:
- Eating veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and other nutrient-rich foods
- Getting regular exercise
- Watching your exposure to loud sounds and noises
- Addressing hearing loss concerns early
Additionally, it can help to have periodic exams done by a hearing care professional. You should have this done along with your regular medical checkups. This way your regular doctor and an audiologist can work together. They will help you manage your health and improve your hearing.
Call Us Today
If you have issues that may be affecting your hearing, Beltone of Northwest Florida is here to help. Our hearing care team provides personalized advice and care. If hearing aids are best for you, we'll help you choose the right ones right for your needs, budget, and lifestyle. Contact our hearing care professionals today to schedule an appointment.