Being an expectant mother is wonderful, but there is something to watch out for during pregnancy. Many changes happen to your body during pregnancy, meaning health issues can arise. One of those issues can be the progression of hearing loss if you already have a condition known as otosclerosis. In short, you can suffer more effects.
The meaning of otosclerosis
It is the abnormal growth of the tiny bones in the middle ear, which are commonly known as the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. These bones are crucial in hearing. The bones generally move freely, but with otosclerosis there is abnormal growth that keeps them from vibrating and conducting sound. If you have this condition already, it may or may not get worse with pregnancy.
What happens during pregnancy
Otosclerosis affects Caucasian women the most and manifests typically between ages 15 and 45. According to studies, pregnancy can accelerate the condition.
How to protect your hearing
Just because you have the condition doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get pregnant or that will experience any or all hearing loss. Know that hearing aids can help.
If you have concerns about your hearing, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.