According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women, killing nearly 610,000 Americans every year.
Learn more about the connection between hearing loss and heart disease, and why it’s so important to take care of your overall health.
Heart disease is usually linked to blood vessel damage due to high blood pressure or from narrowed arteries because of high cholesterol. These blockages and problems can cause ruptures in the blood vessels, potentially leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Connection to Hearing Loss
Our hearing is connected to more than just our ears. Our hearing is connected to the brain, our sense of balance, and even the heart. In fact, people who have heart disease are 54% more likely to have hearing loss as well. When the heart is not pumping enough blood to the other organs due to poor cardiovascular health, then your inner ear is affected by the lack of blood flow. Our ears need strong blood flow to continue working properly, and when the blood flow is weak, then hearing loss is often the result.
What You Can Do
It’s important to practice good cardiovascular health in order to keep your heart healthy and pumping properly. Some key components to having a healthy heart include eating a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke, and visiting a doctor for regular check-ups.
If you have hearing loss that is the result of a heart disease, then a hearing aid could help you hear better. If you are not sure that you have hearing loss, then contact us today. We can schedule you for a test to determine if you could be helped by a hearing aid.
Celebrate American Heart Month by taking care of your health this February.