Being prepared to address any symptoms that manifest in your body is part of a healthy lifestyle. Some people choose to ignore issues like fatigue, depression, heart palpitations and so on, or put them down to stress and unhealthy lifestyles. This often prevents them getting medical support which can help them feel better and stop the problem getting worse.
This is particularly true when it comes to thyroid problems because the symptoms are so diverse. If left untreated, they can cause havoc with all the body’s processes, including the hearing system. Auditory problems are often associated with thyroid dysfunction and so you may need the support of an Audiologist from an audiology center such as Big Thicket Hearing Aids and Audiology.
Who will get thyroid problems?
Thyroid problems can be experienced by anyone at any age. The most frequent source is an auto-immune response but there are many other causes. Thyroid disease is quite common, and it is estimated that up to 30% of women will experience some thyroid issue in their lifetime. Problems with the thyroid can cause hearing loss in 25 – 50% of people, depending on the origin of the issue. The rate is higher when the thyroid problem is inherited.
Diagnosing a thyroid issue
The list of symptoms that can be associated with a thyroid condition is quite long. This is partly because it can be both overactive and underactive which, in some cases, produces opposing symptoms. However, blood tests and medical support should help you get the diagnosis and treatment that you need.
Addressing your hearing symptoms
Once you have had a diagnosis, you can seek the support of an Audiologist for some of the common symptoms that can manifest in the hearing system as a result of thyroid disease. You can get vertigo or tinnitus which are both issues that a hearing professional can assist with.
Some people experience diminished hearing due to problems with part of the ear. This can be either the outer and mid-ear, known as conductive hearing loss, or it can be sensorineural hearing loss which involves the inner ear. This loss is often permanent, so having the support of an Audiologist you can trust becomes valuable while you adjust to your new hearing abilities and the equipment that can help you.
Getting Audiologist support
Your first step to getting the support of an Audiologist in Lumberton, Texas, is to contact Big Thicket Hearing Aids and Audiology and book an appointment. We can help you either adapt to new hearing levels, or restore hearing health wherever possible.
Dr. Joni Ruiz is the owner and Doctor of Audiology at Big Thicket Hearing Aids and Audiology. She earned her doctorate of audiology in 2009 from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Selected for a prestigious fourth-year externship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ruiz has more than ten years’ experience as an Audiologist. She has a heart for patient-centered care. At her hearing care practice, she performs comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluations, provides aural rehabilitation to her patients and their loved ones, dispenses state of the art hearing aids, and manages the care of said devices for their life. Dr. Ruiz is dedicated to patient education regarding hearing loss, hearing protection, and hearing aid selection.