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Ears, Hearing Loss, and Balance

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Ears, Hearing Loss, and Balance Ears and hearing health affects the overall health of a person in so many ways, even ones that may not seem connected at first. One of those ways is a person’s sense of balance and spatial awareness. Did you know that having an untreated hearing loss, even a minor one, could increase the risk of falls and balance problems? These occurrences could cause serious injury, especially amongst the elderly.

The ear is connected to balance and spatial awareness because it hosts the body’s vestibular system. The vestibular system is a sensory system that is involved with providing the brain with information about motion, spatial orientation, and equilibrium. It works together with the body’s eyes, muscles, and joints to maintain good balance and posture. If even one of these systems is compromised, it disrupts a person’s normal sense of balance.

Hearing loss could be a symptom of a balance disorder happening in the inner ear. Other hearing related symptoms include:
  • Distorted or fluctuated hearing
  • Tinnitus
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Ear pain
  • Sensation of fullness in the ear

Sudden loud sounds may also increase symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance.

Since there are many causes of hearing loss, receiving a hearing test from an audiologist should be an essential part in maintaining your overall health. Early detection is key in developing a treatment, improve your quality of life, and to help maintain good hearing health.

Sources:
THE HUMAN BALANCE SYSTEM
Hearing Loss Linked to Three-Fold Risk of Falling