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Health and Hearing

By Melissa Carnes Rose, Au.D. March 15, 2017
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The key to healthy hearing is to maintain an optimal level of overall health. Certain health conditions increase the chances of developing hearing loss thus it is important to be aware of these ailments and address them in a timely manner so that they do not interfere with your hearing experience.

Studies reveal that high blood pressure can lead to the development of hearing loss as a result of inner ear hemorrhage that is caused by hypertension. Clinical depression is also another ailment that has been known to occur as a result of hearing loss since the part of the brain stimulated by sound signals is also the same area that is most likely to be affected by depression. It is therefore important to deal with hearing loss in a timely manner since it has a causal relationship with depression.

Another mental ailment that is linked to hearing loss is dementia. Since areas of the brain that process sound tend to shrink with hearing loss due to lack of stimulation, dementia as well as Alzheimer’s disease tends to develop over time as a result of this shrinkage. Early intervention in rectifying hearing loss is known to help delay and also prevent the onset of dementia.

A major health ailment that is associated with hearing loss is diabetes. People with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss as people without it. This link is also common within young adults, which can be detrimental to their overall health over time. If you have any severe medical condition, ensure that you take proper steps to keep it in check to help prevent the possibility of developing hearing loss over time.

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