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Are you at risk for hearing loss? Most people don't know whether they're at risk or not. If you've begun to notice signs of hearing loss already, you may not know why, but understanding the causes of hearing loss can help you take action to prevent further deterioration.

Sometimes, hearing loss can be caused or exacerbated by other, seemingly unrelated medical conditions. Take a look at some of the conditions that you likely didn't previously know could cause hearing loss.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that can have a profound effect on your whole body, so it shouldn't be surprising that diabetes can affect your ears. You probably already know that diabetes damages your blood vessels, causing them to harden and narrow-that's why patients with diabetes often suffer from circulation problems.

Diabetes also damages the blood vessels in your ears. And unlike other parts of your body, your ears don't have a backup supply of blood. Once those blood vessels are damaged, you will get less blood flow to the ear, and the lack of blood will damage your hearing.

Studies of the connection between diabetes and hearing loss have found that there are links at all sound registers. That means that there is the potential for profound hearing loss when you have diabetes. If you have diabetes, take steps to protect your hearing.

Maintaining control over your blood sugar can help prevent hearing loss; uncontrolled diabetes is more likely to lead to blood vessel damage in your ears. You should also avoid smoking, which can increase the risk of hearing loss. Steering clear of loud noises or using noise-canceling headphones and other devices to protect your ears when loud noises are unavoidable can also help you save your hearing.

Anemia

Iron-deficiency anemia is a condition that occurs when there aren't enough red blood cells in your blood to adequately carry oxygen to your body. A lack of iron, which the body uses to create red blood cells, is the cause of this type of anemia.

Iron-deficiency anemia is a fairly common condition that can usually be managed with dietary changes or iron supplements, but what you may not know is that the condition could put you at risk for hearing loss.

A study that was published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery found that patients with iron-deficiency anemia were at increased risk for both sensorineural hearing loss and combined sensorineural and conductive hearing loss than patients who did not suffer from anemia.

Anemia damages the ears because the condition prevents oxygen from getting to the sensory hair cells that translate sound into electrical impulses. The red blood cells that are missing in anemic individuals are used to carry oxygen throughout the body. Without enough red blood cells, not enough oxygen makes it to these sensory hair cells, and they are damaged or die.

It's not yet known whether iron supplementation can be used as a treatment plan for hearing loss caused by iron-deficiency anemia. However, you should follow your doctor's recommendations about including iron in your diet and using any supplements that are called for.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure causes hearing loss in much the same way that diabetes does: it damages the blood vessels in your ears. When you have high blood pressure, your blood is pushed through the body too quickly, which damages artery walls and causes a buildup of fatty plaque. As you likely know, this process leads to heart disease, but the same process also affects your ears, causing blood vessel damage.

Studies have found that the higher one's blood pressure is, the more pronounced the resulting hearing loss is. However, bringing the high blood pressure under control could restore some or all of the patient's hearing. Patients who suffer from high blood pressure should visit an audiologist to find out whether their hearing is at risk.

These conditions are common and can affect anyone at any age. If you suffer from one of these conditions, or if you have reason to think that your hearing has changed, you should get a hearing screening  done as soon as you can.

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HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE HEARING LOSS?

At times, people notice the signs of hearing loss; however, do not take the steps to get treated right away. Typically, it takes people an average of seven years to seek treatment. 
Some common signs that you may have hearing loss if:
  • Having difficulties hearing over the phone.
  • Trouble following a conversation when people are talking at the same time
  • Frequently complaining people are mumbling when they are talking
  • Turning up the volume of the T.V.
  • Constantly having someone to repeat what they have just said
  • Avoiding certain places or people because you cannot understand them

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