Life is a continuous balancing act, and this is particularly true when it comes to our health. No one wants to spend all their time worrying about issues that might happen and restricting their lifestyle accordingly. However, healthy awareness of supportive practices that can prevent disorders of the body’s systems can be life-changing. At Physicians Hearing Care (PHC), we offer you the information you need to take simple steps that increase your chances of having healthy hearing.
Many factors can have a strong impact on the hearing. One of these is other health conditions. Sometimes we have to look at secondary preventative measures in order to support the hearing.
Today we are looking at the thyroid and its function in the body. If this is disrupted, it has the potential to affect any system in the body. There are some conditions and treatments that are known to have an impact on the hearing. Although some of the technical details of the link between thyroid dysfunction and hearing loss are unclear, that a connection exists is widely accepted. A broad-spectrum approach to long-term thyroid health supports your hearing as well.
What does the thyroid need?
In order to function at maximum efficiency, the thyroid needs a well-balanced diet that can be supported with supplements. The specific regime that you might need depends on whether you wish to stimulate or calm the thyroid. Self-knowledge and analysis backed up by medical support is the key here. Some supplements, such as Vitamin A, L-tyrosine and iodine are generally thought to be supportive regardless of whether you have an over or under-active thyroid. You can look into obtaining these from dietary sources.
Keeping active is also another good way to support thyroid function. This is beneficial for your metabolic system in general and can help with other side effects of poor thyroid control, such as depression and anxiety. You can also do specific exercises that massage and stimulate the thyroid like neck circles and other upper body movements.
At the end of the day, the body functions as a whole system. Anything that has a general, positive effect on your health can benefit both your thyroid and your hearing. The simple answers remain the best – eat well, exercise and connect with trained professionals for more detailed help. Simply taking an interest in your health can be uplifting.
Seek professional care
An Audiologist is able to examine your hearing and check for any issues that may be related to your thyroid. They will conduct a careful hearing screening, provide advice for treatment and support, and be available for any follow-up assistance or aftercare you might need.
At PHC, we offer hearing-focused advice that can have a knock-on effect on your life. As an Audiologist in East Tennessee, we certainly see the impact that holistic healthcare has on our patients on a daily basis.
By booking an appointment with us, you can get a customized treatment plan that is focused on thyroid support or any other health issues that you think might be linked to your hearing.
Dr. Kalyn Bradford is the Director of Hearing Aid Services here at Physician’s Hearing Care. She completed her externship with Physician’s Hearing Care in 2013 and subsequently joined the practice in 2014 after graduating with her doctoral degree in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She joined PHC as a Clinical Audiologist where she performed comprehensive audiological exams and specialized in helping patients to hear better using the latest hearing aid technology available. She has carried that experience into her current role as Director of Hearing Aid Services, where she does an excellent job managing the Audiologists to ensure that all patients are treated with the best hearing care possible.