When you hear the words thyroid disease, what do you imagine? Weight changes? Fatigue? Those certainly are common symptoms but that isn’t all there is to know about thyroid disease. With it being Thyroid Awareness Month we want you to have all the information you need so you can look after the health of your thyroid and your hearing. Yes, that’s right, your thyroid and your hearing are linked. It may sound surprising but the research is clear, thyroid disease can in some cases lead to hearing loss.
First things first, before we get into the link between hearing and thyroid health, let’s cover what your thyroid actually does.
The multi-talented thyroid
Your thyroid gland produces 2 main hormones. This may not sound like much but these hormones are involved in a whole range of processes that keep you fit and healthy: your heart function, bone health, hair growth, digestion, mood and energy levels. When your thyroid isn’t working so well, your body will definitely be worse off.
It’s a bigger problem than you think
An estimated 20 million Americans have thyroid disease and unfortunately as many as 60% of them don’t know it. That isn’t because they haven’t noticed they aren’t feeling quite right but rather because the symptoms are so varied and widespread that it can be hard to get a clear diagnosis. Lots of other conditions instead get the blame when it is in fact the thyroid gland that is in trouble.
Look for the signs
Another reason thyroid disease can be hard to diagnose is that those seemingly random symptoms vary even more depending on whether your thyroid gland is producing too much hormone or too little.
This is hyperthyroidism and can result in increased appetite, unexplained weight loss, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, hair loss and weight loss.
This is hypothyroidism and can result in depression, mood swings, fatigue, digestive problems and unexplained weight gain.
What about hearing loss?
Certain thyroid diseases have also been shown to cause hearing loss. These include Pendred Syndrome, Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s disease. The jury is still out on why but the link is clear.
With so many other symptoms to contend with, it can be easy for those with thyroid disease to not notice their declining hearing health. That is why if you have a diagnosis of thyroid disease or are worried that you may have thyroid disease, it is important to get the help of a hearing health professional.
That’s where our very own Paula Rogers can help. Having been in the hearing care industry for over 30 years she has the experience and expertise to look out for your hearing health needs.