A lot of us are aware of how our thyroid regulates our body’s metabolism, and how some forms of thyroid disease can affect our weight. What isn't as well known is how thyroid disease can affect other parts of our body, from the heart to our hearing.
Thyroid & Hearing Loss
Located at the front of your neck, below the larynx, the thyroid is part of the endocrine system and secretes hormones regulating the way our bodies use energy. It uses iodine from food to produce two hormones known as T3 and T4, and the production of too much or too little of either hormone is what characterizes thyroid disease.
How this affects hearing loss is still a mystery, but the link is undisputed. Thyroid disorders such as Pendred syndrome, Grave's disease, and Hashimoto's disease either cause or contribute towards hearing loss, while thyroid cancer can indirectly lead to hearing loss as a side effect of radiation used during treatment.
Thousand Islands Hearing Can Help
We are an independent hearing clinic in Brockville dedicated to helping Ontarians overcoming all kinds of hearing-related challenges. If you wish to get your hearing health evaluated, please get in touch with us for an appointment as soon as possible.
Keep Your Thyroid Healthy
Here are a few things you can do to keep your thyroid functioning properly and avoid the need for hearing loss treatment in Brockville.
- More iodine helps: A deficiency of this mineral triggers hypothyroidism and goiters. It is found naturally in seafood, seaweed, eggs, dairy products and iodized salt. Talk to your doctor about proper iodine levels today.
- Eat healthy: When you eat foods like blueberries, tomatoes or squash that are high in antioxidants, your thyroid benefits. Reduce raw cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts, along with refined sugars and starches. Here's a simple rule — more whole foods, fewer junk foods.
- Consider supplements: Vitamin A, Vitamin D, iron, and selenium are all recommended, provided you speak to your doctor about whether they are necessary.
- Exercise more: A healthy lifestyle, and thyroid health by extension depends on regular exercise. It also improves blood circulation and increases the production of T3 and T4, counteracting the effects of thyroid disease.