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How Weight Gain Impacts Your Hearing

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Hearing loss is something that everyone can experience, and it can’t always be avoided. There are many different ways someone might end up experiencing hearing loss for themselves, but you can slim that chance by knowing what you should look out for. It might surprise you to hear that weight gain can, in fact, cause hearing loss. While it doesn’t seem like something that would be linked to it, there are multiple effects of weight gain that can have an impact on your hearing.

The causes of hearing loss

When it comes to the causes of hearing loss, most people would automatically think of things like loud noises or physical damage to the ear – but it can occur for other reasons too. Hearing loss can happen as a result of things going on within your body. Meniere’s disease could lead to you experiencing hearing loss, which is something that can occur at any age.

There’s also the build-up of earwax that can happen within your ear. While it might sound natural, there are several risks that come with a build-up of earwax. If you try to remove the earwax yourself, you should make sure you know the safe way to do it – as you don’t want to cause any unnecessary damage while trying to extract it. You should avoid putting physical objects in your ear when trying to remove the earwax. If you leave it for too long or let it build up, the damage it causes may be irreversible.

Due to the way the ear functions, the inner ear requires a steady flow of blood to keep things working as they should. If the ears were to stop receiving that blood flow from the arteries, you might find that you will experience hearing loss. Restricted blood flow to the ear can be a result of a number of factors.

The effects of obesity

Obesity is something that many people debate over the healthiness of; however, there are some things that cannot be denied. Obesity can cause a cholesterol build-up within your arteries, which in some cases can cause blood clots or restrict blood flow. Like mentioned before, blood flow is something that your ears need to maintain functionality. If your arteries become blocked or strained from cholesterol, your ears may receive irreparable damage. So, while obesity itself doesn’t directly cause hearing loss, your chances of experiencing hearing loss will be increased significantly.

Again, while obesity isn’t directly linked, it does increase your chances of experiencing hearing loss at some point in your life. It’s not only clogged arteries that you should consider but other problems that can result from obesity too. Heart disease is yet another disease that has been linked to hearing loss. While it’s not always avoidable, making sure you have as low a chance as possible is very important to your hearing health.

What you should do

If you want to make sure you’re avoiding hearing loss, you have to do a lot more than just protect your ears. Making sure to keep a healthy diet and fitness routine can help ensure that your hearing health is safe. You should note that even if you’re not obese, you still might be dealing with high amounts of cholesterol, which is why it’s important that you pay close attention to what you eat. 

If you’re not sure about your cholesterol levels, it might even be a good idea to get yourself checked out before considering your choice of diet. Not everyone processes cholesterol at the same rate, so it can be difficult to gauge it for yourself.

If you feel like you’re experiencing hearing loss due to obesity, you shouldn’t hesitate to see an audiologist about it. Many people become hesitant when it comes to experiencing hearing loss, as it’s something they would prefer not to have to handle – but seeing an audiologist can help you to come to a conclusion on what solution you prefer. There are a number of different hearing aid styles to choose from, so you can find the best one to fit your lifestyle too.

Your health should be your number one priority, and it’s good to show concern even if you feel like you’re healthy. If you feel like you need to see an audiologist or would like to learn more about the Hear for You Hearing & Balance Center, you can call in at 401-474-6116 for more information.