Did you know that psoriasis can cause deafness?
“ It’s(psoriasis) taken over my body.” —Kim Kardashian December 2018
Many notable individuals have psoriasis, including Kim Kardashian, Art Garfunkel, LeAnn Rimes, and Jon Lovitz to name a few. Psoriasis is a biblical disease that has been around for a long time and it presents with inflammation of the skin and joints, and that’s how most people recognize psoriasis. White scaly raised rash on the elbows and knees with flaking of the scalp and ears are the most common presentation. Most people are exposed to psoriasis ads for the many new high-tech treatments on television and multimedia outlets. However, psoriasis has been linked to heart disease and now hearing loss. Over 7 million Americans have psoriasis, and about over 3.5million have hearing symptoms. Psoriasis can cause hearing loss in two ways: 1st, the thick scaling of psoriasis can plug the ear canal shut. 2nd, psoriasis can damage the very organ that transmits vibrations into nerve signals that are sent to the brain for understanding of sound. If this organ, the cochlela, is damaged, the hearing loss can be permanent. This is why its important to visit a hearing doctor, usually an ear, nose, throat specialist or an otologist. Hearing loss is difficult to detect in its earliest state, that’s why a checkup is helpful to prevent permanent damage.
Please refer to this latest article in the premier Hearing Journal: