Your body is a lot like an ecosystem. In nature, all of the birds and fish will suffer if something goes wrong with the pond; and all of the animals and plants that rely on the birds will disappear if the birds disappear. We might not know it but our body works on very comparable principals. That’s the reason why something which appears isolated, such as hearing loss, can be connected to a large number of other ailments and diseases.
This is, in a way, evidence of the interdependence of your body and it’s similarity to an ecosystem. When something affects your hearing, it may also influence your brain. We call these situations comorbid, a name that is specialized and signifies when two ailments affect each other but don’t always have a cause and effect relationship.
The diseases that are comorbid with hearing loss can tell us a lot concerning our bodies’ ecosystems.
Diseases Associated With Hearing Loss
So, let’s assume that you’ve been recognizing the signs of hearing loss for the past several months. It’s more difficult to follow along with discussions in restaurants. You’ve been cranking the volume up on your television. And some sounds seem so far away. It would be a smart choice at this point to make an appointment with a hearing specialist.
Whether you recognize it or not, your hearing loss is connected to several other health conditions. Comorbidity with hearing loss has been reported with the following health conditions.
- Diabetes: similarly, diabetes can wreak havoc with your nervous system all over your body (specifically in your extremities). one of the areas especially likely to be harmed are the nerves in the ear. This damage can cause loss of hearing by itself. But diabetes-related nerve damage can also make you more susceptible to hearing loss caused by other factors, often adding to your symptoms.
- Vertigo and falls: your inner ear is your main tool for balance. Vertigo and dizziness can be triggered by some forms of hearing loss because they have a negative influence on the inner ear. Falls are more and more dangerous as you age and falls can happen whenever someone loses their balance
- Dementia: untreated hearing loss has been connected to a higher chance of dementia, although the root cause of that relationship is uncertain. Many of these cases of dementia and also cognitive decline can be reduced, according to research, by wearing hearing aids.
- Cardiovascular disease: hearing loss and cardiovascular conditions aren’t always connected. But at times hearing loss can be aggravated by cardiovascular disease. The reason for this is that trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear is one of the first signs of cardiovascular disease. As that trauma gets worse, your hearing might suffer as a result.
- Depression: a whole host of issues can be caused by social isolation due to hearing loss, many of which are related to your mental health. So it’s not surprising that study after study finds anxiety and depression have very high comorbidity rates with hearing loss.
Is There Anything That Can be Done?
It can seem a little scary when all those health conditions get added together. But one thing should be kept in mind: enormous positive impact can be gained by dealing with your hearing loss. Even though researchers and scientists don’t exactly know, for example, why dementia and hearing loss so often show up together, they do know that dealing with hearing loss can substantially lower your risk of dementia.
So regardless of what your comorbid condition may be, the best way to go is to get your hearing examined.
Part of an Ecosystem
That’s the reason why more medical specialists are looking at hearing health with fresh eyes. Instead of being a rather limited and specific area of concern, your ears are viewed as closely connected to your overall wellness. In other words, we’re starting to perceive the body more like an interrelated environment. Hearing loss isn’t an isolated situation. So it’s relevant to pay attention to your health as a whole.