Man talking with healthcare provider about his diabetes and hearing loss.

Your body and an ecosystem have some similarities. In nature, all of the birds and fish will suffer if something goes wrong with the pond; and all of the plants and animals that rely on the birds will disappear if the birds disappear. We may not know it but our body works on very similar principals. That’s the reason why a large number of afflictions can be linked to something that at first appears so isolated like hearing loss.

In a sense, that’s simply more evidence of your body’s ecosystem-like interdependence. When something affects your hearing, it may also influence your brain. We call these situations comorbid, a term that is specialized and signifies when two conditions affect each other but don’t always have a cause and effect relationship.

We can learn a lot about our bodies’ ecosystem by comprehending conditions that are comorbid with hearing loss.

Hearing Loss And The Conditions That Are Related to it

So, let’s suppose that you’ve been noticing the symptoms of hearing loss for the past few months. You’ve been having a tough time hearing what people are saying when you go out for a bite. Your television’s volume is getting louder and louder. And certain sounds just seem a bit further away. It would be a good choice at this point to set up an appointment with a hearing professional.

Your hearing loss is linked to several health problems whether your aware of it or not. Some of the health ailments that have reported comorbidity with hearing loss include:

  • Vertigo and falls: your principal tool for balance is your inner ear. Vertigo and dizziness can be caused by some types of hearing loss because they have a negative impact on the inner ear. Any loss of balance can, of course, cause falls, and as you age, falls can become increasingly hazardous.
  • Diabetes: likewise, diabetes can wreak havoc with your overall body’s nervous system (particularly in your extremities). the nerves in the ear are especially likely to be affected. This damage can cause hearing loss all on its own. But your symptoms can be multiplied because diabetes related nerve damage can cause you to be more susceptible to hearing loss caused by other factors.
  • Depression: a whole range of concerns can be the result of social isolation due to hearing loss, some of which relate to your mental health. So anxiety and depression, not surprisingly, have been shown in several studies, to have a high rate of comorbidity with hearing loss.
  • Dementia: a higher risk of dementia has been linked to hearing loss, although the underlying cause of that relationship is unclear. Research suggests that using a hearing aid can help impede cognitive decline and lower a lot of these dementia concerns.
  • Cardiovascular disease: hearing loss and cardiovascular disease aren’t necessarily connected. In other instances, cardiovascular problems can make you more subject to hearing loss. The explanation for this is that trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear is one of the first symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Your hearing could suffer as a result of the of that trauma.

What Can You Do?

When you add all of those related health conditions on top of each other, it can look a bit scary. But one thing should be kept in mind: tremendous positive impact can be gained by managing your hearing loss. Scientists and researchers recognize that if hearing loss is treated, the chance of dementia significantly lowers even though they don’t really understand exactly why dementia and hearing loss show up together to begin with.

So the best way to go, regardless of what comorbid condition you might be concerned about, is to get your hearing checked.

Part of an Ecosystem

This is the reason why health care specialists are reconsidering the importance of how to manage hearing loss. Instead of being a rather limited and specific area of concern, your ears are thought of as closely connected to your general wellbeing. We’re beginning to think about the body as an interconnected environment in other words. Hearing loss doesn’t always develop in isolation. So it’s more important than ever that we address the entirety, not to the proverbial pond or the birds in isolation, but to your health as a whole.

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