Ear sensitivity is one symptom in the long list of symptoms of hypothyroidism you have to look out for. Have you ever experienced sudden sensitivity to sound, fluctuating hearing abilities, ringing in your ears, or hearing loss? Then it is time to consult your doctor and a hearing care professional to talk about treatment. Make an appointment and have your thyroid checked as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms below.
Ear Sensitivity Due to Hypothyroidism
Tinnitus may be a symptom of an underlying condition such as thyroid dysfunction. A lot of people diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction experience ringing in their ears. Whenever you hear that ringing sound in your ear, and other noises not coming from your surrounding, you could be experiencing tinnitus. Tinnitus is a medical expression for this sensation. You can either hear it from one ear, both ears, or the middle of the head. Sometimes, the noise can be low, medium, or high-pitched.
2. Fluctuating Hearing
Hypothyroidism can also affect your actual hearing ability by alternately changing it from sudden noise sensitivity to weak hearing. Sometimes, you will be able to hear low volume sounds from across the room, but the next minute, you could be having a hard time listening to a friend in front of you.
3. Sensitive Hearing
Another symptom of hypothyroidism is sensitive hearing or hyperacuity. A hyperacusis is a form of acute hearing where you can hear almost everything, even the most low-pitched sounds. There are cases when sudden sensitivity to sound caused by hypothyroidism can also lead to deafness. Much like explosions can give you temporary hearing loss, constant sensitivity to noise can lead to deafness.
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4. Vestibular Abnormalities
Vestibular abnormalities have been found constant in some patients diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease. The vestibular system is part of the inner ear and brain that controls balance and eye movements. Damage to your vestibular system can cause hearing loss, tinnitus, ear sensitivity, and sudden loud sounds that can lead to vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance.
5. Ear Pressure
Have you ever experienced that weird feeling in the ear similar to a popping feeling when you are driving up to higher altitudes? Hypothyroidism can create an opposite effect and can make your ears feel like your eardrums are being sucked inward. This pressure in the ears and head can also be a sign of an underlying thyroid disorder.
Watch this video from Dr. David J. Clark to find out more about vestibular abnormalities due to thyroid dysfunction!
Hypothyroidism affects the entire body. It is no surprise that it affects even the ears causing hearing loss, tinnitus, and vestibular abnormalities. Consult a hearing care professional to help you manage the symptoms with the right kind of treatment.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on August 10, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.