Hearing Loss

Discover the connection between hearing loss and your health.

Importance of Hearing Health

Our sense of hearing is an integral part of overall health and well-being. We rely on our hearing to effectively communicate with others, to keep our brains active, and to hear the world around us. When hearing becomes difficult, it can be hard to socially engage. It’s important to take care of your hearing health by avoiding prolonged loud noise exposure, wearing hearing protection, and having your hearing tested on a regular basis.

Signs of
Hearing Loss

Many cases of hearing loss occur gradually, over the course of a few years. For this reason, it can be difficult to notice changes in hearing right away. If you are over the age of 55, you should have annual hearing screenings to catch any hearing loss early.

Here are some common indicators of hearing loss:

Mature couple enjoying they can hear clearly again
Woman getting hearing aids fitted after her hearing test

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the hair cells (responsible for hearing) in the inner ear or to the hearing nerve. There are many potential causes, including:

To properly identify the cause of your hearing loss, a comprehensive hearing check is necessary.

Comorbidities Associated with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can sometimes be the result of another underlying health condition. Heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes can all affect the blood vessels of the inner ear. Because the inner ear is so sensitive to changes, these circulatory conditions can cause hearing loss.

Heart disease can cause inadequate blood flow, which can result in trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear, contributing to hearing loss.

Diabetes can damage the circulatory system as well. The same glucose overload that destroys other parts of the body due to diabetes can also diminish hearing.

If you have any health conditions that may cause hearing loss, contact us for a hearing exam. We can identify hearing loss early, so you can be proactive of your overall health.