Did you know there is an important connection between heart health and hearing health?
According to the CDC, almost 610,000 people in the U.S. annually die from heart disease.1 While you’re probably aware of the importance of caring for your cardiovascular system, you might not be aware of the link between the cardiac and auditory systems.
Good blood flow helps you maintain your hearing, and damage to the blood vessels in your ears can result in hearing loss. One study of older adults in the U.S. found that those who had experienced heart failure were 11% more likely to have hearing loss.2
What’s the Reason for This Correlation?
The hair cells in the cochlea translate noises into electrical impulses that the brain interprets as sound, and they rely on proper blood flow to do so. Poor circulation deprives these cells of oxygen, which causes them to become damaged or destroyed. These cells do not grow back, so inadequate blood flow can result in permanent hearing loss. It can also lead to tinnitus, a.k.a. ‘ringing in the ears.’
This means that taking steps to keep your heart healthy, such as exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet, can help protect your hearing too.
If you already know you have some form of cardiovascular disease, it’s time to have a real heart-to-heart with a hearing professional. Schedule an annual hearing evaluation today.
Call (415) 362-2901 to schedule your appointment.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, October 14). Heart disease facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
2 Sterling, M. R., Lin, F. R., Jannat-Khah, D. P., Goman, A. M., Echeverria, S. E., & Safford, M. M. (2018, March 1). Hearing loss among older adults with heart failure in the United States: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. JAMA otolaryngology– head & neck surgery. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5854543/