Learn more about hearing loss and the benefits of treatment.
Hearing and Your Health
Hearing loss does more than just affect your ability to hear. When left untreated, hearing loss can have a negative impact on your health and overall well-being. Many people don’t realize that our hearing is connected to our brain health and general health. Sometimes, hearing loss is the cause of an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. For this reason, it’s important to have your hearing checked regularly and to see your primary care physician regularly. Together, we can catch any signs of hearing loss early and help you be proactive about your health.
Did you know that your hearing health is also connected to your brain? In fact, we don’t hear when sound reaches the ear, but when sound reaches the auditory cortex of the brain. In the brain is where sound is processed into information and even stored as a memory. When your hearing loss is left untreated, then your brain doesn’t receive the proper stimulation it needs to remain active and healthy. Over time this can lead to cognitive decline and even dementia.
The best way to maintain your cognitive abilities is to manage any signs of hearing loss early with hearing aids. Hearing aids will provide your brain with the proper exercise it needs to stay active and to continue processing sounds. If you suspect that you have hearing loss, then contact us today. We want to help you be proactive about your hearing health so you can feel your best.
Benefits of Managing Hearing Loss
Those who manage their hearing loss with hearing aids are known to have better overall health, professional success, and emotional well-being compared to those who don’t manage their hearing loss. Some benefits of those with hearing loss who wear hearing aids have noticed is improved mental health, improved cognitive health, better physical health, and improved balance. Those who manage their hearing loss also have seen professional success more than those who don’t manage it. With hearing aids, you will have an improved ability to focus, improved ability to learn, and the potential for increased earning.
There are many benefits to managing hearing loss. You deserve to live an active and healthy lifestyle without worrying about your hearing loss. Hearing aids can help you feel more confident and in control, so you can continue to feel connected to those you love.
Hearing Loss and Balance
Hearing and balance are connected. Our sense of balance comes from within the inner ear, in the cochlea. Along with our sight and hearing, this is how we maintain our sense of balance. One of the most common balance disorders that affects people is vertigo.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a vestibular disorder that causes vertigo. BPPV is caused when calcium deposits in the inner ear become dislodged from the otolithic membrane and settle in the semicircular canals. Any change in the position of the head causes these tiny crystals to shift, triggering dizziness.
There isn’t always an apparent cause when these calcium deposits break loose; however, it is commonly the result of a head injury, inner ear infection, damage from ear surgery, or prolonged back position associated with bed rest. Older individuals are susceptible to degeneration of the otolithic membrane related to normal aging.
Symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, loss of balance, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, and concentration difficulties. If you have noticed any of these issues in combination with hearing loss, contact our office for a full audiological evaluation.
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