The Hearing And Heart Connection

by | Feb 21, 2022 | news

The Hearing And Heart Connection

For the past few decades, as the effects of cardiovascular disease have wreaked havoc on North Americans, researchers have been looking at the link between heart disease and hearing loss, with some very interesting results.

Hearing Loss Can Indicate Cardiovascular Disease

We know that the inner ear – one of the key areas responsible for hearing – is very sensitive to blood flow. Research suggests that when blood vessels are injured and blood flow in the body is impaired – as is the case when cardiovascular disease is present – those abnormalities can be detected in the inner ear before they may be seen in other areas of the body. Taken further, this research would lead researchers to define hearing loss as an early risk factor for cardiovascular problems in the future.

Hearing Loss Is A New Risk Factor

In The Laryngoscope, researchers compared data from 1000 patients and found a significant link between low-frequency hearing loss and various forms of cardiovascular disease including stroke, coronary artery disease and history of a heart attack. This led the researchers to suggest that there is a link between low-frequency hearing loss should be considered a risk factor for cardiovascular events.

As Cardiovascular Health Improves, So Can Hearing

Further study published in the American Journal of Audiology found that poor cardiovascular health had negative impacts on hearing, and that as cardiovascular health improved – particularly in older patients – hearing improved also.

Other Health Effects Of Hearing Loss

We know that cardiovascular disease isn’t the only concern when we talk about hearing loss, particularly in older adults. Other health risks associated with hearing loss include dementia, depression, sleep loss and loss of social engagement and relationships.

Early Detection Is Key

Given what we know about hearing loss, and what we are learning about the connection between hearing loss and heart health, it is more important than ever to work with a trusted audiologist check your hearing now, and regularly in the future, to ensure it is in good health and stays that way.
Early detection is one of the most important steps in maintaining good health, and our audiologists can not only help you determine if your hearing is impaired, but can work with you to get you the assistive listening devices you need to limit any negative effects of hearing loss and help you maintain a higher quality of life.

Talk To An Audiologist

The audiologists at Hearing Doctors are experienced in working with patients who have other risk factors along with potential hearing loss, and are committed to serving you to ensure your hearing and heart stay healthy for the long term.

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Dr. Ana Anzola, CCC-A, FAAA, ABA Principal

Dr. Anzola received her Doctorate degree in Audiology (AuD) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and her Master’s Degree in Audiology and her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) since 1995, board-certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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