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It Isn’t Alzheimer’s
by Lew Duffey   
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Last edited: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008

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It seems one health problem can lead to another. It also seems that sometimes it is hard to tell what certain symptoms are causing what. Read on.


             I went to the place where I bought my hearing aids yesterday to get them adjusted because I had not been hearing well lately.  I have a hearing impairment which causes me to lose the high spectrum of sound.  This means if you said, “Hi my name is Sam,” I would hear, at best, “I y am e am.”  In other words, I do not hear the S ,T ,TH, F sounds at all.  He took care of it and I hear fine with my hearing aids in but I was surprised to see a poster on the wall which listed the symptoms of hearing and beside the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  They are the same.  This made me take notice just while in the hospital a short time ago and on chemo-dialisis I was acting extremely strange.   I can only assume the hearing problem had much to do with this.


If you or someone close has a problem with hearing you may want to check out the symptoms listed here.  Click on the blue text for some other sites and information. 

Hearing impairment: Impaired ability to hear. See free access online books about Hearing impairment below. See detailed information below for a list of 741 causes of Hearing impairment, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

            When I left the hospital I was given a list of eighteen medicines to take.  They are waiting a month but the man wants to check my hearing next month to give my body an opportunity to readjust to it.  So the ability to hear affects how people perceive you.

Sometimes, other symptoms may be present and may help your doctor analyse your condition. These may include:

  1. Vertigo (sensation of your head or surroundings spinning)?

Why: may suggest Meniere's disease or other nervous system condition such as acoustic neuroma, multiple sclerosis, basilar artery insufficiency, drug induced ototoxicity or syphilis; may also occur in otosclerosis.

  1. Ear pain?

Why: may suggest otitis media, mastoiditis, otitis externa.

  1. Ear discharge?

Why: may suggest otitis externa, otitis media, mastoiditis, barotraumas, cholesteatoma.

  1. Tinnitus (noises in the ear, either ringing, whistling or booming etc.)?

Why: e.g. presbyacusis, noise induced hearing loss, otosclerosis, ear wax, head injury, Meniere's disease, acute otitis media, drug induced ototoxicity.

  1. Fever?

Why: may suggest otitis media, otitis externa, mastoiditis, mumps, measles.

  1. Symptoms of deafness in infant or child?

Why: e.g. failure to respond in expected way to sounds, preference for or response only to loud sounds, no response to normal conversation or to television, speech abnormality or delay, absence of babbling by 12 months, no single words or comprehension of simple words by 18 months, learning problems at school, disobedience and other behavioral problems.

  1. Symptoms of Meniere's disease?

Why: e.g. nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, vertigo, sensorineural deafness.

  1. Symptoms of otitis media?

Why: e.g. infection often follows upper respiratory tract infection, ear pain, fever, sensation of pressure in the ear, hearing loss, drum may perforate with subsequent relief of pain and fever.

  1. Symptoms of otitis externa?

Why: e.g. often occurs in ears that are itchy due to eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis or in those that swim; pain, discharge, pressure on the ear lobe causes pain.

  1. Symptoms of mastoiditis?

Why: e.g. pain, low grade fever, feeling unwell, hearing loss, foul smelling discharge, swelling behind the ear.

  1. Features of Down syndrome?

Why: e.g. flat facial profile, excess neck skin, unusually shaped ears, round head, protruding tongue, short wide hands.

  1. Symptoms of Waardenburg's syndrome?

Why: e.g. child with white forelock of hair and different colored eyes.


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Causes of Hearing impairment:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Hearing impairment. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.


I noticed that one of the causes listed was simply getting older.  I guess that is why that poster caught my eye.


God Bless,

Lew Duffey




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Reviewed by m j hollingshead
well said
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines
Good article and well researched, Lew :-)

Have you noticed, over the past few decades, that we are hearing about an increasing number of "syndromes" and "disorders" and we get the impression that many of these are simply catch-all diagnostics which really mean, "We really have no idea what is wrong with you, but we'll call it OCD, or ADD, or some such thing." And then they medicate you half to death even though they are not quite sure what they are treating. "Disorders" and "syndromes" have become trendy.

Getting older -- sounds more like it. Average lifespan for someone born in 1900 was only 45 years, a yound person by today's standards. But sanitary food processing, medical advances, and vastly upgraded technologies, have almost doubled the lifespan for a person born in 2000. At the venerable old age of 45, those earlier people's bodies were wearing out, but doing so without all the old-age maladies which we see today. The body wore out and they died. Simple stuff. Putting all the technological advances to one side, those intervening 100 years did not see any improvement in the basic human body. Maybe, at age 45, our bodies are still wearing out, but (for an additional 40 years) will be using technology as a life-support system? And suffering that whole grab-bag of ailments which go along with synthetically extended lives? This "old age" theory is a different take on the "disorders/syndromes" of our elderly people. One can wonder ...

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