Related Hearing Diseases and Conditions

Is hearing loss linked to other diseases and conditions?

Hearing loss is connected to many other health conditions throughout the body. While hearing loss may not be the cause of these diseases or conditions, it is considered a risk factor for many.

Common related diseases and risk factors

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Tinnitus

Tinnitus refers to the sensation of perceiving sounds that have no external source—in other words, hearing sounds that are not there.

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Meniere's Disease

Meniere’s disease is a chronic inner ear disorder that causes recurring episodes of severe dizziness (vertigo), ear pressure, tinnitus and hearing loss. It typically affects only one ear, although some people experience symptoms in both ears. 

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Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States, representing one in four deaths every year. The link between heart disease and hearing loss has been well established for years. 

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Dementia

Treating hearing loss aggressively can actually help ward off cognitive decline and dementia.There are several reasons for the connection of hearing loss and dementia. 

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Thyroid disease

The thyroid is a gland that sits below the Adam’s apple and is responsible for releasing hormones that control the metabolism. Hypothyroidism is a condition of low production of thyroid hormones, often caused by autoimmune disease. 

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Sleep apnea

For the estimated 18 million Americans that experience sleep apnea, their breathing slows too much and even stops for short periods while they sleep. 

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