In our fast paced and often stressful society, heart disease is highly prevalent with approximately 600,000 people dying annually in the U.S. and 17 million globally. With an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure, few are aware why your ears can be a “window to your heart.”
When we think of “going with the flow”… did you know research indicates your inner ear’s sensitivity to blood flow as well as vessel trauma may enable hearing loss to be an early indicator of and screening test for heart problems. While more people are familiar with how circulatory issues affect heart health, it is also imperative to know how they can impact hearing function.
Some types of hearing loss should be considered risk factors with systemic association with heart disease and strokes. This being the case, evidence-based audiologic care should play an essential role in keeping you well informed about hearing-related cardiovascular risk factors.
In terms of healthy habits, the American Heart Association suggests there are many practical things those with this prevalent disease can do to prevent or delay it including exercising frequently, controlling blood pressure, eating a nutritious diet and not smoking.
With all the daily challenges associated with having heart disease or taking care of someone who does, the ability to communicate effectively is essential. In addition, those who don’t hear well may become more socially isolated in stressful ways that are not heart healthy. At home, work and play it is beneficial to hear and understand better every day.
Please invest a few minutes to review this informative website: www.heart.org
Do you have heart disease or a family history which increases your risk of heart disease-related hearing loss? Please see us for periodic evaluations to accurately assess your type and degree of hearing loss. In close coordination with your other healthcare providers, we will suggest healthy options to improve your quality of life and awareness of hearing-related cardiovascular risk factors.
Indeed, better hearing is better healthcare.