Today is Paget’s Awareness Day, which works to raise awareness of Paget’s Disease of Bone. One of the symptoms of Paget’s is hearing loss.
Paget’s disease affects the normal repair and renewal process of bone. It’s a common disease in the UK – the most common after osteoporosis and is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental influences.
Many people who have Paget’s don’t have symptoms and never develop complications. About 1% of people in the UK over age 55 are thought to be affected.
Any bone can be affected by Paget’s but the most commonly affected are the pelvis, spine, thigh bone, shin and skull. The disease causes new bone to be created at a faster rate, leading to a deformity – usually an enlargement – of the affected bones.
If Paget’s affects the skull, one of the complications can be hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
If you’re concerned about the condition, an important first step is to visit your GP, who can refer you to a consultant. At The Hearing Clinic we’re always here to support you with any aspect of your hearing journey.