A Matter of the Heart

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Did you know that your heart can affect your hearing?    Your ears can  be considered the “window to  your heart”.  In the United States, 600,000 people die annually as a result of heart disease.

There is research to suggest that hearing loss is an early indicator for heart problems.     This  can be due to the inner ear’s sensitivity  to blood flow .  When blood flow changes to the inner ear, vessel trauma may enable hearing loss, and can be an early sign of heart issues.

Hearing loss in the low frequencies can suggest and be considered a cardiovascular risk factor.  This can correlate systemically with heart disease and strokes.

So what can you do now to prevent or delay heart disease?

  1. Exercise frequently and maintain proper weight
  2. Control blood pressure
  3. Eat a nutritious diet
  4. Quit smoking

You’re not alone.  Talk to your hearing and heart health professionals about how to prevent this. Learn about how low frequency hearing loss may be an early sign of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.  Discuss how improving your hearing can positively impact your quality of life!

Visit www.heart.org to learn more about heart disease.

Visit www.androsaudiology.com to learn more about hearing loss and treatment options.   You can also call to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists at 651-888-7800.

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Content from:

  1. Bishop, The Ear is a Window to the Heart: A Modest  Argument for a Closer Integration of Medical Disciplines medikament viagraOtolaryngology: Open Access 2012.
  2. cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
  3. Friedland et al: Audiometric pattern as a predictor of cardiovascular status: development of a model for assessment of risk. The Laryngoscope 2009.
  4. prnewswire.com/news-releases/heart-disease-and-hearing-loss-linked-so-get-your-hearing-checked-for-world-heart-day-bhi-advises-224502101.html
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