Hearing Health Blog

Obese woman watching her weight after learning it was causing hearing loss.

We’ve long known that overeating is harmful to our health, this is especially true over time. Obesity is connected to a number of health concerns. Heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and you can put hearing on the list, also. It’s estimated that roughly 48 million people in the United States, hearing loss is an issue for around 20% of the U.S population, and in adults it’s virtually twice that number, 93 million, are obese. Throughout the country, these shocking numbers indicate a serious health concern.

What is The Connection Between Hearing Loss And Obesity?

Several studies have revealed that loss of hearing and being overweight have a connection. Even though experts are still investigating the link, it’s assumed that hearing loss and being overweight have a relationship because of its effect on our circulatory system. Furthermore, hearing loss is linked to high blood pressure and diabetes which are known to be connected to being overweight.

Sound in the ear is detected by small hairs inside the inner ear. These hairs, called stereocilia, need a steady blood flow and oxygen to work correctly. Obesity restricts the blood flow throughout the body since, so they can get the blood flowing inside the body, the heart needs to do additional work, which means that your inner ear is operating on less-than-optimal blood flow. This can irreversibly harm the ears. Because all of these illnesses effect the flow of blood, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes affect the inner ear in the same way.

It’s extremely necessary to keep control of your weight as you get older since age-related hearing loss is also related to a high fat mass index. In the past, your body’s metabolism worked more efficiently and faster, which is the reason why you should try to form good habits when you’re younger and stay with those habits as the years go by.

Good nutrition and exercise are great for your over-all health and your hearing.

Obesity Associated Hearing Loss Treatments

If your loss of hearing is caused by obesity, you may never be capable of getting it back, still, it’s always smart to get your ears examined to determine the magnitude of your loss of hearing. If the injury is irreversible, you might require a hearing aid or other device to begin hearing properly again.

If the damage is not that extreme, you may want to consult your doctor before your health becomes worse, about developing an exercise and diet plan to lessen the effect your weight has on your well being. Your doctor should prescribe a cardio intensive exercise regimen that will get your blood pumping and improve your general health. There will be, more than likely, other improvements in your life as well, such as mental health, since consistent exercise will reduce depression according to many studies.

How to Prevent Obesity-Related Loss of Hearing

diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure Your ears will certainly be kept in better condition if you keep your body healthy. A program that can help you reach your goals and that is personalized for you can be created by a nutritionist. The nutritionist can make sure you’re eating nutritious foods with the ideal combination of nutrients, foods that have plenty of iron, for example, because of course, a lack of iron in your diet can lead to tinnitus and cause hearing loss.

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