This is a great question and with Valentine’s Day coming, a great time to talk about matters of the heart. It was a group of Harvard University researchers who discovered a 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. At this time we are not sure what causes this link, but they have a theory.
Cardiovascular disease reduces blood flow through veins and arteries, and it is the blood that brings oxygen to the body’s organs. This lack of oxygen can damage the heart and other organs including the hearing nerves (hair cells) deep in the inner ear. Hair cell damage is the most common cause of permanent hearing loss.
The researchers also believe the hearing nerves are so fragile that the ear is likely the first organ to be damaged by cardiovascular disease. There are those who feel that one day hearing loss may be used to predict heart disease.
The good news is, a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. Eating right and exercising helps your hearing too! Exercising once a week reduces the risk of heart disease by 32%.
Have regular hearing checks and use hearing aids when recommended. Taking care of your hearing is part of taking care of your health. Those who use hearing aids report greater overall health, a physically more active lifestyle and a more active social life. And it’s a physically active life that can help reduce heart disease.
Life sounds great! Enjoy every moment!
Jane Kukula, AuD & Ashley Spisak, AuD
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060