Balance and Hearing Loss

Balance & Hearing

There are three components to the ear: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. It is your inner ear that is intricately linked with your balance. While hearing loss itself cannot cause balance disorders, problems within the inner ear and the vestibular system may.
 

What is balance?

According to MedicineNet, “balance is a choreographed arrangement that takes sensory information from a variety of organs and integrates it to tell the body where it is in related to gravity and the earth.”

What causes balance disorders?

  • Ear infections
  • Inner ear blood circulation problems
  • Head injury
  • Tumors
  • Medication
  • Arthritis
  • Eye Muscle Imbalance
  • Low Blood Pressure

 
Your hearing loss may be due to a malfunction in the inner ear caused by a disease, injury, or simple deterioration due to age. Getting an annual checkup by a hearing healthcare professional will help your audiologist to detect any changes in your hearing — to help restore and preserve your hearing and balance. Hearing aids play a major role in restoring balance and improving sound and communication in everyday life.