Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hearing Loss and Heart Disease

According the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer. A healthy heart needs to be a concern for every American. Interestingly, a study by Harvard University established a staggering relation between heart disease and hearing loss. They found hearing loss occurred 54% more often in people with heart disease then in the general population.

 It is believed that heart disease damages hearing. Heart disease reduces the flow of blood through the veins, arteries and ultimately to the organs of the body. Reduced blood flow damages 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 ears are likely the first organs to be damaged by cardiovascular disease. There are those who believe one day hearing loss may be able to predict heart disease.

Eat right and exercise. One study saw a 32% reduction in risk for heart disease when exercising once a week. Plus a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. Good blood circulation throughout the body means good blood circulation to the ears and healthier hearing nerves.

Hearing loss is also associated with other diseases including diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. Those with these disorders along with heart disease are at greater risk for hearing loss. Have regular hearing checks and use hearing aids when recommended. Those who use hearing aids report many health benefits some of which are better overall health, being more physically active and having a more active social life.

Schedule a hearing evaluation with an audiologist. Audiologists are uniquely and specially trained to evaluate hearing and fit hearing aids.

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

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