Hearing Loss And Balance Disorders: Are They Related?

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If you are experiencing hearing loss problems, you may find that other things come along with it. Depending on how bad your hearing loss is, you may or may not find yourself having other complications. Unfortunately, hearing loss is all too common and it’s not just due to aging! Hearing loss can occur in anyone, a child can even be born with partial or complete hearing loss. When you have trouble hearing, whether it’s from something minor like Swimmer’s Ear, or if it’s something major such as Tinnitus, other issues may occur as an indirect response to your loss of hearing. If you have any problems with your hearing or something is affecting you that never did before, you should consult with an audiologist or ENT at The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida).

Does Hearing Loss Affect Balance?

Hearing loss can affect you emotionally and physically. The ear is a very complex organ and processes sounds and sends signals to the brain. Your senses come together and are responsible for the balance of your body so if one of them is not working properly, it can affect your balance and lead to a balance disorder. You may have a balance disorder if you experience dizziness, unsteadiness, blurred vision, confusion, and even Vertigo. There is a structure called the labyrinth in the inner ear that is responsible for the balance of your body. There are different parts of the labyrinth including semicircular canals and otolithic organs which are both in charge of balance. Together, the vestibular and visual systems work to let the body know its position.

 

Sensory receptors allow for the body to keep upright or in a sitting position. Hearing loss by itself will not cause balance problems but problems with the inner ear that affect your sense of balance may cause issues. Hearing loss can occur with balance impairment systems and can indicate an underlying issue. Other common symptoms besides vertigo and dizziness include nausea, fluctuating heart rate and fluctuating blood pressure. If you experience these symptoms, call The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) and schedule an appointment.

Causes Of Balance Disorders

Since multiple organs result in the control of your balance, problems with the inner ear can contribute to a balance disorder. The most common causes of balance disorders are:

  • Ear infections
  • Head injuries
  • Tumors
  • Arthritis
  • Low blood pressure

 

These are just a few of the contributing factors of balance disorders. Make sure you see a doctor right away if you are vene the least bit suspicious that you may have hearing loss or balance issues because the sooner the problem is treated, the less risk you have of permanent damage.

Contact Our Audiologists Today!

When you need an ENT doctor or auddiologist to diagnose your hearing loss and balance disorders, contact The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) who will do everything they can to make sure they find a solution that works for you. Call us at 786-420-6660 or visit our website! Hearingaidsfortlauderdale.com. We look forward to working with you and treating your hearing loss.

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