Silly question!

This seems like a ridiculous question but has anybody had problems with their hearing since having thyroid issues? I've noticed over the last few years since my symptoms started my hearing has deteriorated especially in one ear and now I'm completely deaf in that ear, I've had them looked at and syringed ect but there was nothing blocking my ear, just wondered if it could be linked

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  • Not at all a daft question.

    I've read recently it can be a thyroid symptom.

    Some say there is also a link to vit D deficiency.

  • Hello there. My left ear was hurting and I actually thought I was going deaf before I was diagnosed as hypo. I went for testing and everything. After a while of taking the Levo tablets my ear went back to normal. I sometimes have the odd moment now but notconstant like before. I'm on 100levo now and the upper limit seemed tohelp more.

    I just now have the terrible joints, indigestion, tiredness and can't knock back the wine like I used to! Darn it!


    I wish you well.

  • Ps. Not a ridiculous question at all by the way. I've got a whole bag of them. I'm just letting rip at the rate of one every six months so I don't get barred for putting everyone into a coma with them.....snicker snicker... :)

  • I have never seen this stated as a symptom of Hypo myself, but ….. if I am feeling hypo due to medication issues I always notice my hearing gets worse :o

  • Yes! I had been having issues with my ears for a few years before the diagnosis. My issue is more a constant need to pop them otherwise I hear everything 'far away'. I was told by my GP that it was related to allergies but I never had those either. Both Allergies and ear issues seem to be getting better with being treated for Hypo.

  • Yeah that's exactly what it was like for months then I just can't hear out it anymore at all, I'm not currently on medication (the usual story) but maybe when I start it will improve my hearing

  • Yes, I didn't have any luck with my local GP. Thyroid UK has a list of UK based doctors and I am now seeing one of them.


  • This was the first indicator of Thyroid problems for me.

    I now wear a hearing aid.

    By t h e way if you mention this to the Endo he will swear on a stack of bibles that it is not thyroid related .πŸ˜•

  • I'm not even as far as and endo my gp won't even recognise my symptoms or bloods as anything but psychological so it's private bloods and self medicating for me

  • πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† he'll swear on a stack of bibles... That's just tickled me πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

  • I would like to add MY problems with my hearing just to get you all to be very careful. I started with an ear that would pop every time I drove up or down a local hill but it tended to clear fairly quickly for a while. Soon afterwards it felt like the whole left side of face felt full (like stuffed with cotton wool) and my sinuses were very tight too, sudofed tablets helped it. Then the hearing in that ear would feel very much like I was underwater when listening to people speaking. For years I got the standard "Everything is normal" answer from an ENT consultant (where did he get his qualifications from??). I had two grommits put it, the second because the first one didn't work! Neither helped. It took 6 years before an audiologist arranged for my consultant to be changed. By this time though my other ear had a noticeable problem and I can no longer hear very well even with a hearing aid in the good ear it is hard enough with a one to one conversation but I am very uncomfortable being in groups where more than one person is talking. Still I had to wait 6 months before he managed to organise a biopsy. Then I was diagnosed with a paraganglioma (a benign tumour in my ear). Great I had this removed just after I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Now I am not saying this was the cause as I have no blooming idea at all but if you feel this sounds similar to what you are experiencing please INSIST on getting it checked out even if it means going privately because there is nothing worse than not being able to hear.


  • Eh, what? Can you repeat that?

    Sorry! Definitely. But since my maternal grandfather and grandmother, and my mother all went deaf in alter life, I don't know whether it is down to being hypo. My loss is all in the speech ranges, so I just hear "drrr, drr, brr" most of the time. I hear that there is a sound but it makes no sense. Hearing aids seem to make it louder but it still makes no sense, so not helpful - my mother was the same.

  • Me too, tinnitus gets worse when I'm flaring however minor the flare.

  • My hearing started to deteriorate before I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, and I now have to wear hearing aids. I was considered too young for it to be age-related, so it was just "one of those things". It was considered a bit odd as one ear is substantially worse than the other. After my Hashimoto's diagnosis a couple of years later, my audiologist said that he believed my hearing loss was definitely connected. I also get occasional, mild tinnitus.

    My endoknob, of course, denies this, but then also reckons that none of my symptoms are ever thyroid-related :(

  • Endoknob πŸ˜‚ yeah nothings ever thyroid related to them

  • Every other specialist I have had to see with associated health problems reckon that my broken thyroid is responsible for all sorts of things. I still find it ridiculous that the one specialist who should know about everything to do with the endocrine system happily denies it. I guess that if they did acknowledge it, they would have had to treat me properly.

  • Endoknob πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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