Does Hearing Loss Affect Your Balance?

  1. Balance Disorders

Impaired hearing is a common condition in which people lose their ability to hear as well as they did before. This condition can affect people in many different ways. While some people have trouble hearing tones or voices, others also experience problems with balance. Learn more about how losing your hearing can affect your balance:

What Is Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss takes on several forms to include mixed, sensorineural and conductive.

Conductive loss occurs when the middle ear is affected. Sensorineural loss happens caused when the hair cells within the ear are damaged.

A mixed hearing impairment is a combination of conductive and sensorineural. Another type of hearing impairment is one-sided hearing impairment, which is when you can only hear out of one ear.

What Are The Symptoms?

On its own, hearing impairment cannot cause a balance disorder. However, if accompanied by an underlying issue with the inner ear, balance disturbances can occur. In addition to not hearing as well as you used to, you might also experience a feeling of spinning, loss of balance, ringing in the ears, nausea and vertigo.

Other impaired hearing symptoms to look out for include: feelings of fullness in the ear, having to turn up the TV to loud octaves and muffling sounds. You might find yourself asking people to repeat themselves even though they’re speaking loudly.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to seek our hearing care facility to identify any potential hearing problems.

What Are The Causes Of Hearing Loss and Balance Disorders?

The causes of impaired hearing and problems maintaining balance vary on the person. Some people experience hearing impairments due to inner ear infections while others experience significant loss of hearing they get older.

With regards to balance disorders, any of the following issues in the inner ear can cause a problem with maintaining balance:

  • Arthritis
  • An ear infection
  • Issues with the inner ear’s blood circulation
  • Tumors
  • Traumatic head injuries

In order to be certain that there’s a balance issue, you’ll need the help of a specialist. If you’re looking for a trustworthy hearing care facility, look no further than Beltone Audiology. We offer state-of-the-art hearing aids to help people feel like belong in society again. No person should ever have to struggle with hearing. For more information, contact us at (888) 210-5846 today!