Thursday, February 14, 2013

Heart Disease and Hearing Loss

In 2005 Harvard University established a staggering relation between heart disease and hearing loss.  They found that hearing loss occurred 54% more often in people with heart disease then in the general population. 

Cardiovascular disease reduces blood flow through veins, arteries and to the organs of the body. The reduction in blood flow decreases oxygen to the body’s systems. The lack of oxygen can damage the heart and other organs including the hearing nerves deep in the inner ear.  

Researchers at Harvard University believe the hearing nerves are so fragile that the ear is likely the first organ damaged from cardiovascular disease.  There are those who believe one day hearing loss may predict heart disease.

Eat right and exercise.  One study found that exercising once a week reduced the risk of heart disease by 32%.  A healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. 

Have regular hearing checks and use hearing aids when recommended.  Those who use hearing aids report greater overall health, more active lifestyle and a more active social life.  Taking care of your hearing is part of taking care of your overall health. In Lake County Ohio call 440-205-8848 to schedule a hearing evaluation.

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, AuD
Paula Webster, MA

Advanced Audiology Concepts
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060

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