February 26, 2024

A Link between Hearing Loss & Cardiovascular Disease

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The heart plays a vital role in maintaining overall health by supplying oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in the United States, affects millions each year. Understanding the connection between heart health and hearing loss is crucial for comprehensive healthcare.

Understanding Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease encompasses conditions related to the heart or blood vessels, often characterized by the buildup of fatty deposits in arteries. Risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, inactivity, obesity, and family history.

Hearing Loss and Heart Disease

Surprisingly, many risk factors for heart disease overlap with those for sensorineural hearing loss. This common type of hearing loss occurs when delicate hair cells in the inner ear are damaged, affecting sound transmission to the brain. Changes in blood flow due to cardiovascular issues can contribute to hearing loss.

Studies Connecting Hearing Loss and Heart Disease

Research from Harvard University reveals a significant correlation between heart disease and hearing loss, with a 54% higher prevalence of hearing loss in individuals with cardiovascular disease. Additionally, excessive noise exposure, a known risk factor for heart disease, can also impact hearing health.

Managing Hearing Loss and Heart Disease

Lifestyle changes can mitigate the risks associated with both heart disease and hearing loss. Quitting smoking, moderating alcohol consumption, controlling diabetes, maintaining a balanced diet, and regular exercise can all contribute to better heart and hearing health.

Seeking Help

While hearing loss is permanent, it is treatable with solutions like hearing aids. These devices can improve communication, enhance participation in activities, and support overall well-being. Scheduling a hearing exam is the first step toward addressing hearing loss and maintaining optimal heart health. Take control of your health today. Schedule your hearing exam to explore treatment options and prioritize your well-being.

Dr. Teague earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Hearing, Speech and Language from Ohio University and his Doctoral Degree in Audiology from The University of Louisville. He is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Ohio Board of Audiology.

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