9. Hormonal Imbalance
It may surprise you that alterations in your hormone levels can also cause ear-related problems. Some hormonal issues like thyroid problems can occur in men and women. However, an imbalance in female hormones can cause ear disorders in women.
Tinnitus is an ear problem commonly found in individuals with thyroid problems . When the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, located at the lower part of your neck doesn’t function properly, you can experience symptoms like low energy levels, weight gain, and depression. Symptoms depend upon the type of thyroid problem you may have. Consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
Hormonal variations in women
Do you know that hormonal imbalances in women can also give rise to ear problems like vestibular disorders and Ménière’s disease? Although health professionals have always suggested that there could be a possible connection, very little research has been done on this aspect. So, the exact link and the percentage of women affected by this is not known.
Hormonal changes in women can lead to varying symptoms. Some inner ear symptoms have been linked to female hormonal imbalance. Some of them are hearing loss, vertigo, an increase in tinnitus, aural fullness and ear pressure. These symptoms and their causative conditions vary from person to person. It is best to seek medical help to identify and treat the problem.
Vestibular neuronitis or neuritis is a disorder that can cause sudden severe bouts of vertigo. It is due to swelling of the vestibular nerve that controls balance. Symptoms of vestibular neuritis include sudden vertigo attacks that can last for 7 to 10 days, followed by milder vertigo for several weeks, nausea, vomiting and nystagmus (rapid jerking movement of the eye in one direction). Medication can ease symptoms of vertigo as well as vomiting .
10. Brain Tumors
Cancers of the brain can occur at any age and tend to stay in the brain. However, such cancers are seen more commonly in children and older people.
There are different types of brain tumors, and the symptoms may vary depending on the type of brain tumor. Hearing loss is often linked with brain tumors. Some other common symptoms include headaches, seizures, loss of motor control, loss of vision, fatigue, depression, and behavioral changes . Seek medical help immediately if you notice these symptoms.
So in a nutshell, to sum up, don’t take your ear problem lightly and seek a medical professional to treat it right!