Hearing loss for many people happens over time. Surprisingly, a majority of people wait years before acknowledging they have trouble hearing. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, hearing loss is the second most prevalent health issue globally which means there are more people with hearing loss than those that live with Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and diabetes combined. What people fail to realize is that hearing loss is not a stand-alone disability – it is linked to many other areas of wellness in addition to everyday activities.

Impact of Hearing Loss

Approximately 48 million Americans are reported to have hearing loss. Of these people, 2/3 of them are over the age of 70. When hearing loss happens to an adult, other cognitive skills and competencies are not as greatly affected as they would be in a child who is still developing in areas related to language, reading and education. Untreated hearing loss can cause anger, depression, loneliness, social withdrawal and poor health. However, there are a variety of treatment options that can help improve hearing, in turn, leading to a person’s improved emotional and mental state.

Related Health Conditions

As mentioned earlier, hearing loss is very common and caused by noise, age, disease or is hereditary. Recent research has linked hearing loss to a number of wellness areas including:

• Diabetes – If a person is diabetic, he or she is more than twice as likely to have hearing loss. 26 million people in the US have diabetes; 40% of those suffer some degree of hearing loss.

• Ototoxic Medications – More than 200 medications (prescribed and over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Aleve and Motrin) are known to be ototoxic and can cause or contribute to hearing loss.

• Sleep Apnea – Sleep apnea has been associated with blood flow problems. According to researchers, a potential explanation for the relationship between sleep apnea and hearing loss could be problems with blood flow to the cochlea in the inner ear.

• Obesity – Your ears require a healthy flow of both blood and oxygen. Vascular issues as a result of obesity can directly impact your ability to hear.

• Hypertension – Blood vessels get damaged when your blood pressure is high. Your entire body is affected, including your ears.

• Thyroid Disease – Research is still ongoing, however, it is known that both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are linked to hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Affects Your Health and Life

Hearing loss is a treatable condition that can impact your life, relationships and career. If you think you have a hearing problem, don’t ignore it – seek professional advice. Audicles Hearing Services has been serving the San Antonio community since 1944. Our experienced audiologists can help connect you to the world. Make the call for better hearing today!


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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.
What Was Betty's First Experience at Audicles Like ...
“My first sign of hearing loss was gradually realizing that I couldn’t hear and was missing too much. My first impressions of Audicles were that I would recommend them, they had a good reputation and local. I knew that I needed help and found them very easy to work with, very thorough and very likable. Hearing aids have impacted my life a great deal, I was missing too much of what was going on. My advice to anybody considering visiting Audicles would be that they’re an excellent choice and I think they would be very happy with them.”
Betty P.
What Would Brian Rate Audicles Out of 10? ...
“I first realized I had signs of hearing loss in the early 90’s, my biggest fear at the time was having to wear hearing aids and feeling old and deaf. I went to visit Audicles and if I had to rate my first impressions on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give them a 12+. From day one of having my hearing aids, everything changed, when I take them off the world goes to only 50% hearing, so they really have positively impacted my life. I always recommend Audicles so if you are considering visiting, I would highly recommend and refer Audicles and Tracey Board.”
Brian O.
Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming ...
“My first signs of hearing loss started in 3rd grade, I had problems with my teacher, which in turn led to having a hearing test, which found high frequency hearing loss in my left ear. Audicles made me feel very comfortable right from the start and Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming, enough to keep me as a patient for 30+ years. My hearing aids have become a true blessing as I have gotten older, if you are considering visiting Audicles, don’t wait! They truly go above and beyond to help you.”
Donald Kotzer
What Happened at 4 Year Old Hunter's First Appointment ...
“Hunter was just four years old when we found out he had a profound hearing loss in both ears and as his parents we were so worried Hunter would have to live with this disability and would always be considered different. As soon as his hearing aids were turned on, he ran to the window and said “trucks.” He could hear the traffic for the first time. When we got home to his Memi’s house, he could hear the peacocks and he was so excited … it was priceless. The impact hearing aids have had on Hunter’s life is incredible, Hunter says “I am able to live a normal life and communicate easily with my family and friends. I love to hunt and fish, which are two things I can do better when I can hear.” For anybody considering visiting Audicles, we would not consider taking Hunter anywhere else, they are the most caring people you will ever meet. We love Dr. Board and all of the staff, they are extremely helpful and welcoming at all times.”
Hunter Brown
Isaac First Visited Audicles as a Little Kid ...
“My first signs of hearing loss came when I was a little kid, I was really happy when I visited Audicles for my first appointment. Hearing Aids have had a really good impact on my life, I can hear everything! I would definitely encourage anybody considering visiting Audicles to go.”
Isaac Leos
She Always Made Me Feel Like I Belonged ...
“I was only two when signs of hearing loss were detected so I don’t remember my first appointment, but one of my earliest memories was visiting Dr. Jane with my grandpa. She always made me feel like I belonged and always greeted me with a smile and a hug. My first impressions of Audicles were awesome, I remember sitting in the hearing booth thinking I was in a spaceship! The impact hearing aids have had on my life is indescribable, I would not be where I am without the help of Audicles, Dr. Jane went above and beyond to help me. I would say to anybody considering visiting Audicles, what are you waiting for?”
Jaret Gunn
There is Never a Better Time to Do It Than The Present ...
“I noticed the first signs of hearing loss at work, as I work with children in my teaching job, I found it harder and harder to hear them. My family were also giving me a hard time about the TV volume. I was so ready to increase my quality of life and not miss anything so I had no fears about visiting Audicles for my first appointment. I was made to feel right at home! They were professional, kind, patient and explained everything. Hearing aids have impacted my life in a big way, I can hear my grandchildren. I have been able to use mics and the technology offered for a variety of purposes was all for the good. If you are considering visiting Audicles, just do it! There is never a better time than the present. What do you have to lose?”
Kim M.
My First Signs of Hearing Loss Were ...
“I was really pleased with my first visit to Audicles, first impressions were very good, everyone is very nice and helpful. Wearing hearing aids has positively impacted my life as I can hear things now that I did not realize I was missing. If you are considering visiting Audicles I would say to go, you can’t find a better service.”
Loretta Anton