Conditions Related to an Individual Losing Their Hearing

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There are a number of issues concerning loss of hearing, especially when it comes to sensorineural loss of hearing. Many are common conditions often overlooked when it comes to loss of hearing. Some of those conditions are:

Infections During Childhood

Mumps are by far the most common contributor when it comes to deafness in one side, especially within the United States. Family and children are not always aware that there is a loss of hearing until farther down the road. Other common infections, such as that of scarlet fever, might play a role in losing the individual's hearing through destruction of the eardrum and extensive damage to the bones of the middle ear.

Blood Flow Issues

Inadequate blood flow within the inner ear or surrounding areas of the individual's brain attribute to loss of hearing. It might be a result of cardiovascular disease, elevated blood pressure left untreated, and numerous other similar conditions.

People who tend to clot in excessive amounts, have excessive amounts of blood cells and have blood that turns into sludge are known to experience problems with their

hearing.

Meningitis

A prevalent consequence for those with meningitis is a loss of hearing, especially when it is fungal or bacterial meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the individual's membranes that cover the spinal cord and the brain. Anyone recovering from this condition needs to have a hearing test once he or she is recovered.

AIDS

AIDS attributes to nerve damage or an infection in the ears. People with AIDS will often have sensorineural and conductive loss of hearing. It's also linked to tumors

within the neck and head causing a loss of hearing.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis and numerous other illnesses of the same nature are associated with a loss of hearing. The problem itself might be a direct relation to the disease itself or the numerous medications used to treat the problem. Even though there are numerous vaccines available for tuberculosis, it is becoming more and more common, especially amongst those with AIDS and people being exposed to those individuals.

Arthritis

Inflammation in your joints and blood vessels commonly link to a loss of hearing. The hearing problem itself lies within abnormal blood vessels resulting from various diseases.

Allergies

Allergic problems within children contribute to fluid collecting inside the middle ear or the Eustachian tubes. In certain instances, some allergies might cause Meniere's syndrome. Treatment for allergies normally helps to resolve this issue.

Elevated Blood Pressure

Some of the conditions linked with elevated blood pressure levels are also linked to that of hearing loss. Those with an elevated blood pressure level have a greater chance of losing their hearing. They are also more susceptible to loss of hearing brought on through noise.

Problems with the Thyroid

Underactive thyroid is often linked with loss of hearing. Roughly, half of those with limited thyroid function have a loss of hearing. It is estimated that three percent of those with Meniere's have an underactive thyroid. In some situations, the thyroid problem overrides the symptoms associated with Meniere's.

Kidney Disease

Many things damaging the kidneys also cause damage to the cochlea inside of the ear. The cochlea and the kidney can be quite miniscule, so certain medications can cause damage to them as well. People with kidney disease will often have troubles with their hearing.

Dr. Duncan is a 1991 graduate of Somerset High School. She attended Worcester State College in Worcester, MA and received a Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree in Communication Disorders and Psychology in 1995. Dr. Duncan is available to give lectures and informative seminars to groups and organizations at your request. She resides in Somerset with her husband Andy and son Cooper. To stay updated on the latest hearing aid technology visit our blog.

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