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Your body and an ecosystem are similar in some ways. In nature, all of the fish and birds will suffer if something happens to the pond; and all of the animals and plants that rely on the birds will disappear if the birds disappear. The human body, commonly unbeknownst to us, works on very similar principles of interconnection. That’s the reason why a large number of ailments can be connected to something that at first appears so isolated like hearing loss.

This is, in a sense, proof of the interdependence of your body and it’s similarity to an ecosystem. When something affects your hearing, it may also influence your brain. These conditions are known as comorbid, a name that is specialized and indicates when two ailments have an affect on each other but don’t always have a cause and effect relationship.

We can find out a lot regarding our bodies’ ecosystem by comprehending disorders that are comorbid with hearing loss.

Hearing Loss And The Conditions That Are Associated With it

So, let’s assume that you’ve been noticing the symptoms of hearing loss for the last several months. It’s been challenging to follow discussions in restaurants. Your television’s volume is getting louder and louder. And certain sounds just feel a bit more distant. It would be a good choice at this point to set up an appointment with a hearing professional.

Your hearing loss is linked to numerous health conditions whether your aware of it or not. Comorbidity with hearing loss has been documented with the following health conditions.

  • Cardiovascular disease: hearing loss and cardiovascular disease are not necessarily connected. In other situations, cardiovascular problems can make you more susceptible to hearing loss. That’s because one of the first symptoms of cardiovascular disease is trauma to the blood vessels in the inner ear. As that trauma gets worse, your hearing may suffer as a result.
  • Vertigo and falls: your main tool for balance is your inner ear. Vertigo and dizziness can be caused by some types of hearing loss because they have a negative influence on the inner ear. Falls are progressively more dangerous as you age and falls can happen whenever there is a loss of balance
  • Depression: social isolation associated with hearing loss can cause a whole range of concerns, many of which are related to your mental health. So it’s not surprising that study after study finds anxiety and depression have extremely high comorbidity rates with hearing loss.
  • Dementia: a higher chance of dementia has been associated with hearing loss, though it’s uncertain what the base cause is. Many of these incidents of dementia and also cognitive decline can be reduced, according to research, by wearing hearing aids.
  • Diabetes: similarly, diabetes can wreak havoc with your overall body’s nervous system (specifically in your extremities). the nerves in the ear are particularly likely to be damaged. Hearing loss can be entirely caused by this damage. But diabetes-related nerve damage can also make you more prone to hearing loss caused by other issues, often compounding your symptoms.

Is There Anything That You Can do?

When you add all of those connected health conditions on top of each other, it can seem a bit intimidating. But it’s worthwhile to remember one thing: managing your hearing loss can have tremendous positive influences. Though scientists and researchers don’t exactly know, for example, why dementia and hearing loss so often show up together, they do know that managing hearing loss can substantially lower your dementia risks.

So no matter what your comorbid condition may be, the best course of action is to get your hearing examined.

Part of an Ecosystem

That’s why more health care specialists are viewing hearing health with fresh eyes. Instead of being a somewhat limited and specific area of concern, your ears are seen as closely linked to your general wellness. We’re starting to think about the body as an interrelated environment in other words. Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily happen in isolation. So it’s important to pay attention to your health as a whole.

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