How Does Osteoporosis Affect My Hearing Health?

Osteoporosis currently affects more than 40 million people in the United States; it can occur at any age, but is predominantly found in the older population. The correlation between osteoporosis and hearing loss is very real. This disease causes demineralization and weakens the bones to the point that they become very fragile and are easily broken. The auditory system has three small bones that are susceptible to the effects of osteoporosis and when they are damaged, sound is unable to be efficiently transferred to the auditory nerve.

Osteoporosis causes bone loss and weakens the bones in the inner ear commonly resulting in hearing loss.

Osteoporosis causes bone loss and weakens the three bones in the middle ear – the hammer, anvil and stirrup. This damage to the middle ear commonly results in hearing loss. Picture credit to Mayo Clinic.

What Can I Do?

Exercising (especially muscle strengthening exercises) can help prevent osteoporosis. Also important is a proper diet high in calcium and vitamin D. Medications can also help slow down the progression of the osteoporosis. If you suffer from osteoporosis, it is recommended that you call Advanced Hearing Group for a hearing test. Early detection is the key to successful treatment.