Causes of Hearing Loss

Diabetes?

Hearing loss is about twice as common in people with diabetes. Hearing depends on small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. Studies have shown that people with diabetes have a higher rate of hearing loss than people without diabetes. Although the relationship between diabetes and hearing loss...

Causes of Hearing Loss

Smoking Can Cause Hearing Loss

Nicotine restricts blood flow to the ears, potentially damaging delicate ear cells. The more you smoke, the greater the risk for damage—not only your hearing, but also the hearing of the people you love most. Studies show that adolescents exposed to second-hand smoke were almost twice as like...

Causes of Hearing Loss

Power Tools & Hearing Loss

The racket from lawn mowers, jackhammers, drills, and other power tools isn’t just a headache—it’s also a risk for hearing damage. You’ll need to protect your ears, but earplugs might not be the best choice. Putting fingers grimy from the tools so close to your ear canal could put you at ris...

Causes of Hearing Loss

Certain Meds Can Damage Your Ears

Hearing loss could be a side effect of your medication. Some diuretics for heart disease, chemotherapies, and antibiotics (especially gentamicin, neomycin, and others in the –mycin family) could damage your ears. Getting better is probably your first priority, but it’s worth contacting Little Ro...

Causes of Hearing Loss

Blow Dryers and Hearing Loss

A hairdryer near your head could be putting out 85 or more decibels of noise—the point that the National Institutes of Health says could put you at risk for hearing loss. You’d probably have to dry your hair for eight hours straight before it did any damage, but that loud part of your beauty reg...

Causes of Hearing Loss

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Types 1 and 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol affect almost every cell in the body—including the ears. Vibrations from tiny hair cells in your ears send your brain messages about what you’re hearing, but those cells need proper blood flow. All those hair cells are fed nutrien...

Causes of Hearing Loss

It’s Time to Get Active!

Millennials, Gen Xers, baby boomers, and all generations are encouraged to engage in physically active lifestyles for both their hearing and heart health. Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely,...

Causes of Hearing Loss

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea has been found to affect more than just getting your full eight hours of sleep each night. In fact, sleep apnea can be directly linked with hearing loss. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes the person to pause in breathing during sleep. The disorder has been known to cause hea...

Causes of Hearing Loss

Do You Hear that Ringing Sound?

Do you ever hear a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears after going to a party, concert, or other really loud event? This condition is called tinnitus, and it usually lasts until your ears gradually readjust to normal sound levels. These are signs that the environment you are in is too loud. Attend...

Causes of Hearing Loss

Diabetes is a Common Cause of Hearing Loss

When you think of hearing loss, diabetes probably isn’t the next thought that comes to mind. There are many other diseases and conditions that are well-known as potential causes of hearing loss. But research has shown that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss, and consi...