Study after study continues to link sleep apnea to numerous health problems. We already know this dangerous sleep disorder can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain forms of cancer; now there is evidence it could possibly affect our hearing.
Recently, a group of researchers determined that patients who suffered from sudden deafness were also more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. In conducting their study, the team analyzed a large health insurance database. Ultimately, although they were able to identify a definitive link between the two health issues, they weren’t able to find a clear cause.
What’s the Cause?
Although experts do not yet know how sleep apnea might be linked to hearing loss, they do have theories. According to Dr. Seva Polotsky, a sleep apnea researcher from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, it is possible that the sleep disorder could lead to a buildup of blood vessel plaque in the parts of the brain that control and/or feed the nerves which are responsible for how we hear.
Sleep Apneics Can’t Wait
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, it’s important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. The longer you go without help, the more likely it is you will develop permanent health problems associated with the disorder.