Over 40 million Americans have hearing loss. And though most people assume hearing loss is related to aging or to noise there are many different ways to get hearing loss, some you might not have considered. In fact, we can think of at least five things that cause hearing loss that might surprise you.
Lyme Disease: File this under bad news on top of bad news. But ticks are not your friends. As warmer weather starts to increase across the country, so too does the population of ticks. This increase in ticks, specifically deer ticks, can lead to an increase in Lyme disease; which, in addition to its many other symptoms, can lead to sudden hearing loss and tinnitus. READ MORE
Osteoporosis: This one surprised us too. New research indicates that people who have osteoporosis have a greater chance of having an incident of sudden hearing loss. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones decline in strength and can be more easily broken. So what is the relationship of this condition to a sudden loss of hearing and how can someone with osteoporosis protect their hearing? READ MORE
Sleep Apnea: Don't let this keep you up at night. Recent studies have linked lack of sleep with hearing loss, and now new studies support the theory that interrupted sleep and hearing problems are related. A study involving nearly 14,000 individuals has found that people with untreated sleep apnea were more likely to have hearing loss. READ MORE
Antibiotics: They do a lot of good, but there is a down side to antibiotics. In 1928 Richard Flemming discovered penicillin, the first antibiotic. Since then a whole range of antibiotics have been developed to treat bacterial infections and generally make our lives easier. That's not to say antibiotics haven't created their own set of problems. Some antibiotics can cause permanent hearing loss. So how can you tell if your antibiotic could damage your hearing? READ MORE
Stress: The fight or flight response to stressors in the environment played an essential role in the survival of our species. It increased chemicals in the body that allowed for greater speed and strength. But that once necessary reaction to immediate stress is not as beneficial for a modern society that may produce stressors on a daily or hourly basis. This exposure to chronic stress can play a big part in the deterioration of the body. And, as it turns out, chronic stress can actually cause or worsen hearing loss and tinnitus. READ MORE
It's true even stress can cause hearing loss. But don't stress about it. There's something you can do to keep your ears and hearing at their healthiest and that is to make regular visits to your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!