You may think that your hearing has nothing to do with your balance. After all, one concerns sounds while the other relates to movement. However, the same part of your ear that controls hearing also controls your balance, and any hearing loss you suffer can have an impact on your balance.
The ear is divided into three parts: The outer ear, the inner ear and the middle ear. The outer ear is the part you see, and the middle ear is located deeper in the head and is connected to the back of the throat.
The inner ear is what has the most influence on your hearing and your balance. The inner ear is composed of a complicated series of tubes and mechanisms. Sound is registered by sensory cells located in the fluid-filled cochlea, which transforms those sound waves into electrical impulses that are sent to the brain by a connecting nerve. Movement is detected by the vestibular system, which includes a network of tubes and canals. Information about movement is also transmitted to the brain via electrical impulses.
When you suffer from hearing loss, it may be due to a malfunction in the inner ear caused by a disease, injury, or deterioration from age. Changes to the inner ear can also impact the mechanisms that register movement, which can impact balance. Getting a regular checkup can help your doctor to detect any changes in your auditory health to not only preserve your hearing but also to help you preserve your balance. A certain level of auditory ability and balance may be restored with a hearing aid.