Hearing Loss and Heart Health
February 03, 2019
Submitted by Advanced Hearing and Balance
Many people attribute hearing loss to aging, however research is showing a strong correlation between hearing loss and other associated medical conditions.
People with cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke, and heart attack may be more prone to hearing loss.
Ears are very vascular and need a lot of blood flow for healthy function and performance. Poor cardiovascular health causes problems with the blood flow and blood vessels, and then causes trauma to the inner ear. Our inner ears are so sensitive to blood flow problems, that hearing loss at the lower frequencies of hearing may be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease. There is an association between low-frequency hearing loss and several cardiovascular events. Low-frequency hearing loss is typically the opposite configuration of most hearing losses.
Cardiovascular disease is the cause of more deaths than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and accidents combined. It is not only the leading cause of death in America, but globally accounts for 17.3 million per year with the American Heart Association estimating that number to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. A healthy heart and hearing are not only beneficial to one’s physical wellbeing but are also beneficial to a positive outcome and an optimum quality of life. In essence, if you have problems with your heart, you are more likely to have problems with your hearing.
It is very important for men and women with existing heart conditions to receive annual audiological evaluations by a Doctor of Audiology to monitor the ear. If hearing loss is detected, your audiologist will work hand in hand with you and your family physician to follow all treatment guidelines.
All hope is not lost. Exercise may help. Although sensorineural hearing loss is permanent, you may be able to help preserve your hearing by adopting a physician-approved fitness program which includes cardiovascular exercise. A healthy cardiovascular system can have a positive impact on hearing. It’s important to adopt a lifestyle that supports both a healthy heart and healthy hearing. The American Heart Association suggest the following to a healthier life: get active, reduce stress, eat healthy, lose weight, quit smoking, get adequate sleep, watch your cholesterol, manage blood pressure, and reduce your blood sugar and risk for diabetes.
For more information, contact the staff of Advanced Hearing and Balance at 601-450-0280 or www.pinebelthearingaids.com.
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