When you hear thyroid disease, what do you think of? The more commonly known symptoms include fatigue and weight changes, but what about hearing loss? It is Thyroid Awareness Month and we would like to play our part in raising awareness.

Did you know approximately 20 million Americans have some sort of thyroid problem, but as many as 60% of these have no idea of their condition. This could be because many of the symptoms can and have been confused with other health issues or because the symptoms themselves can vary significantly between individuals.

So what should you look out for?

 

Types of thyroid conditions

There are two types of thyroid condition: hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism (this is when too much of the hormone Thyroxine is being produced).

Symptoms can include:

  • Increased appetite
  • Irregular heart beat
  • High blood pressure
  • Brittle hair or hair loss
  • Goiters (swelling of the thyroid gland)
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

Hypothyroidism (when not enough thyroxine is being produced).

Symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Digestive upset such as bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

Both types of thyroid condition have been linked to hearing loss, tinnitus and affecting balance, though research is still ongoing as to why.

 

You can reduce the risk

It may be possible to slow down the progression of your condition or reduce your risk of developing a thyroid condition by following these steps:

  • Quit smoking. Smoking can greatly increase your chances of Graves Disease, a common cause of hyperthyroidism.
  • Do a thyroid ‘neck check’ to detect lumps, bumps and swellings on the surface that could indicate disease.

 

Include us in your plan

If you have received a diagnosis of thyroid disease, include Johnson Audiology in Tennessee in your healthcare plan. We will monitor your hearing along the way to minimise any potential damage. Contact us today to have a chat about your needs.