Originally Posted by midwest1
There isn't with Hashimoto's per se, but there is with hypoT. About 25% of people with sensorineural hearing loss are hypothyroid. And there is an association of hypoT with Meniere's disease as well. If you do a google search using the keywords "hearing loss" + hypothyroidism" or "sensorineural hearing loss", you'll find lots of references to the connection. I know that's probably not what you wanted to hear... sorry. The good news is that it should reverse itself if the thyroid is properly replaced.
Was your mom's problem called 'acoustic neuroma'? (DH's aunt had surgery for that some years ago.) Is that something that has a familial or genetic component that would cause you to worry?
As for the thyroid swelling, I don't know if the start of treatment might increase gland enlargement. I hope someone else might know.
Thanks for the info. I actually had done just as you suggested before you posted this and found similar info to what you shared. It mentioned Mienere's and the relationship with autoimmune diseases like Graves and Hashimoto's. For that it mentioned treatment with cortisone meds, such as Prednisone.
It is amazing all the links that are coming to the surface with health problems I have had for so many years that point to the undiagnosed/untreated thyroid problems. It is very sad to see all the problems I might have been spared or at least reduced in severity if my docs would have 'listened' and paid attention to what was going on with the labs and symptoms. VERY frustrating! Eight years ago when I had elevated BP and racing heart and palpitations and an abnormal EKG, fibromyalgia diagnosis, etc, they ran a TSH test then and found it was at 7.8. They did nothing but retest, time after time and not treat it. At that same time I began having episodes of vertigo that they blamed on labyrnthitis, even though I had never had an infection preceding the episodes. I have had many recurring episodes of vertigo. Now I feel it is very possible that it could have been Meinere's disease in connection with the thyroid problems. I had researched all the possible causes of vertigo, including Meinere's, but did not have the thyroid diagnosis then, that would have made me more suspicious of that diagnosis at that time.
Yeah, I wasn't happy to read that it is possibly sensorineural hearing loss, which is less likely to be reversible, depending on the exact cause. It would be great if thyroid treatment could benefit that situation. Both my mom and dad had hearing loss.
I sure am racking up the health problems. It is sure a mess when one's immune system turns on them and how many problems it causes over time, especially when left untreated so long! They just keep snowballing on me anymore. And to think my GP belittled me when I requested a referral to an endo, for what was in his terms, an insignificant thyroid problem - UGH!
I never heard the name of the tumor that my mom had. I don't know if what she had is hereditary or not, wish I knew. Not long after she finally had the surgery to remove the tumor, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which she died from. That I know is hereditary and I am at greater risk for it with having endometriosis. I feel like I need to be vigillant about lymph gland areas and the fact that thyroid and lymph glands are in close proximity in the throat area, it may be hard to know which swellings may be what and if they are involved in the ear problems I am encountering. I have had enlarged lymph gland areas above the clavicle for quite a few years now and all my GP has said is that it is of no concern as long as the swelling does not become hard - of course he would say that, so far he has said everything is of no concern! I have no trust in him anymore. I also have a blockage that occurs in a salivary gland, so seems there is quite a bit going on in this area of my body.
I guess I best find myself a new doc to see at my clinic about the ear problems, with this latest one that has cropped up. I won't be returing to my GP!
Oh, I should tell you that the endo sent me a cc of the letter he sent to my doctors. He very diplomatically told them they were ALL WRONG! He restated the narrowed range by the AACE, which I had already included in my initial letter to my GP when asking him to consider running more thyroid tests, which he put no stock in! Everything the endo wrote contradicted what my local docs had said about my thyroid situation and backed up what I had said to my GP 100%. While I didn't get to be a fly on the wall when he read it
, I at least had the satisfaction of reading what the endo had to say
Thanks for your help, Midwest.