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Our ears deserve way more credit than we give them aside from allowing us the ability to hear. However, your ears do more than just help you hear things; they can also give insight into your current health status as well. You probably only think about your ears when you are doing something like putting in earrings or listening to music through headphones. But, if you pay a little bit more attention to the two things on the side of your head, you might be able to detect some health symptoms. Here are six things your ears can reveal about your health.

6. Clogged Arteries

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When you look at your ears in the mirror, notice how smooth or wrinkled they are. If you see a diagonal crease on the earlobe, you might have clogged arteries. This crease can be an indication of heart disease. You should check with your doctor to be on the safe side.

5. Diabetes

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The loss of your hearing is just one symptom of diabetes. It is almost twice as common in diabetic patients than in those who do not have diabetes. Compare people with normal blood sugar levels versus those with pre-diabetic levels and notice how the diabetic risk group has a higher rate of hearing loss. The main reason is that diabetes hampers the circulation of blood to the ears making it hard to hear.

4. Anxiety or Hypertension

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Ringing in the ears may be more than just an indication of tinnitus. Ringing of the ears can be an indication of a wide range of health conditions from anxiety to hypertension. In very rare cases, it can also be an indicator of a brain tumor. You don’t have to be concerned if your ears ring for a short period of time, especially after a concert. It is wise to check with a specialist if the ringing in your ears persists for a few minutes or longer.

Related: 11 Masked Symptoms of a Brain Tumor 

3. Allergies

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Most allergy symptoms include a runny nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes, or red skin, and changes in your ears. If your ears become swollen, itchy, or feel muffled, then you might be suffering from allergies. You can take decongestants, drink plenty of fluids, and use a humidifier to get rid of the muffled feeling in your ears.

2. Oral Issues

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Ear pain suffering may actually be caused by issues inside your mouth. People who experience ear pain may not have anything wrong with their ears. Some problems with jaw pain may be stemming from temporomandibular joint disorder. This joint connects your bones in your jaw to just below your ear. The pain is triggered when you move your jaw like while chewing or talking.

1. Predisposition to Illnesses

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All that ear wax everyone thinks is gross is actually your ears providing protection against bacteria and other foreign bodies that want to enter through your ears. IT can also show if you are predisposed to certain illnesses. Just like certain infections can manifest in your blood or saliva, the DNA of illnesses like hepatitis can show up in ear wax. Sticky, wet ear wax is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

Your ears are such an important part of your body. If you begin to notice any changes to your ears, it is wise to seek out medical assistance. Do not try to take matters into your own hands.

Related: 6 Things Your Earwax is Trying to Tell You
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