Iron Deficiency & Hearing Loss

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Did you know that 15% of the total adult population in the United States has some form of hearing loss? It doesn’t sound much at first but when you take into account that there are about 326 million Americans, that ratio equates to about 49 million people.

Unknown to many, hearing loss brings with it other health risks. Increased health problems also raises the likelihood of depression and dementia. These only prove why it’s important that we continue to combat against this impairment.

Iron Deficiency

An iron deficiency may lead to iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) which is a kind of anemia where the body cannot create enough hemoglobin. This is a protein found within red blood cells that are in charge of carrying oxygen as it is distributed around the body.

Symptoms:

  • Fatigue and Weakness – Explained above, as your body is deprived from iron it also becomes deprived of oxygen since it finds it hard to circulate it due to the low supply of hemoglobin.
  • Chest pain and Shortness of Breath – Given that your blood does not contain enough volumes of oxygen to deal out, the heart makes up for it by working harder to pump blood.
  • Pale Skin – Your blood is not naturally red, rather this color is obtained from hemoglobin. This substance though needs iron to be made. An insufficient supply of it would mean lower levels of hemoglobin resulting to a much paler skin color.
  • Headaches- A lot of elements of your body is competing for oxygen. In this competition, your brain might not be getting enough of it which may cause headaches.

Evaluate yourself and your diet. Are you experiencing any of the above symptoms? How long has this been going? Have you been consuming enough of this mineral? If you’ve been experiencing this problem for a long time, then you should make major changes in your lifestyle.

The Relationship

Pennsylvania State University’s Kathleen Schieffer and associates conducted a research comprising of 305,339 adults who were aged 21 to 90. After having studied these individuals, they found that those with anemia were two times more likely to acquire mixed hearing loss, or sensorineural hearing loss.

The author states, “An association exists between IDA and hearing loss.”

Though it has not been confirmed how being deficient in iron affects the auditory system,  a theory may shed some light. It is thought that tiny hair cells found in the inner ear require oxygen to function well. Take this resource away and permanent damage may take place.

This demonstrates how a relationship exists with every constituent of our physiology. You just cannot expect any component to work independently without having effects or without being affected by other elements. The effects of mistreatment on any part of the body won’t be confined to the directly affected area.

How Beltone Dallas Fort Worth Can Help 

The best way to being healthy is taking care of yourself as a whole, not leaving anything out of the equation. Be sure to get thoroughly checked, including your hearing. Call Beltone Dallas Fort Worth at (888) 958-8432 to set your appointment.