Many people don’t realise that there is a link between other health conditions and hearing loss.
One in six people in the UK are affected by some degree of hearing loss, which can greatly impact their everyday life.
If you’re one of them – or care for somebody experiencing a decline in their hearing – it could be time to act.
Chris Childe – Audiologist and Training Manager, for global hearing specialist Amplifon – says: “It’s sensible to let a professional assess your hearing difficulties.
“At Amplifon we can often pick up whether another health condition might be responsible, referring people to other health professionals.
“We offer a personal service designed to get to the root of your hearing difficulties and provide the right solutions.”
Here we reveal how five health conditions can be connected to hearing loss.
If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss click here to take Amplifon’s free online hearing test.
Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in the ear, which can often lead to problems with sleeping or depression. Hearing aids can help bring relief.
Hearing loss can point to someone needing a test for diabetes too.
Around 4.5million people in the UK have diabetes and there is growing evidence to suggest that untreated diabetes contributes to hearing loss.
High blood sugar levels may affect the supply to the tiny nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear, causing damage to hearing.
Experts have uncovered a link between hearing loss and dementia. It can lead to social isolation, which is associated with cognitive decline.
Hearing aids allow people to lead active, sociable lives.
Research has uncovered a link between hearing loss and cardiovascular health. It’s because the capillaries that supply the inner ear with blood are sensitive to disruptions in blood flow which can be related to high cholesterol.
That’s why it’s important that those with cardiovascular issues should get a hearing test.
This condition causes dizzy spells, nausea, disturbances in balance, hearing loss and tinnitus.
It’s said to be caused by changes in the pressure of fluid in the inner ear, which can be treated with medication. Hearing aids may combat the hearing loss.
Source: Mirror UK