If the eyes are a window to the soul, then perhaps we should say that the ears can be a window to the heart. Recent studies have identified a link between cardiovascular health and hearing health.The implications for adults over the age of 40 mean that those who are at risk of heart disease also need to get their hearing tested regularly.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the US (it represents about one in four deaths). Every year, about 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack, and for three-quarters of these people, they’re experiencing a heart attack for the first time. Preventing heart disease and heart attacks becomes increasingly vital as we age, which parallels the need to stay vigilant about changes to hearing health.
The inner ear’s delicate response to blood flow means that it can exhibit physiological changes quite quickly. Abnormal blood flow such as trauma to the blood vessels or reduced blood circulation could present through changes in hearing. Poor circulation to the inner ear causes a reduction of oxygenated blood to the area which can lead to damage (resulting in permanent hearing loss).
Therefore, maintaining good cardiovascular fitness contributes positively to hearing health by supporting strong, oxygenated blood flow through the body. And paying attention to changes in hearing can be an extra early line of defense against heart disease.
While it may not be possible to hold off age-related changes to hearing altogether, catching early signs of hearing loss can improve your overall quality of life significantly. Consulting with a doctor to adjust your exercise regimen has the dual benefit of helping both heart and hearing. Testing your hearing and adopting the use of a hearing aid can help to minimize any strain or frustration you may experience from changes to your hearing. With so many advancements in hearing aid technology, it has never been easier to find a solution that meets your needs.
Unsure about where to start or concerned about changes in your hearing? Contact us to book a consultation and learn more about the relationship between cardiovascular health and hearing loss.