Decades of studies have shown your cardiovascular system can have a direct effect on your hearing. That’s because interrupted blood flow or trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can be contributing factors to hearing loss. A symptom of limited blood flow is tinnitus, a persistent ringing, or buzzing in the ear.
Research indicates individuals with cardiovascular issues are 50% more likely to experience hearing loss. Nearly 80% of patients who had at least one heart attack also had damage to their inner ear. If you’re experiencing ringing or pain in your ears, it may be time to schedule a hearing evaluation.
According to David R. Friedland, MD, Ph.D., Professor and Vice-Chair at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, cardiovascular problems are detectable through the inner ear before any other region of the body due to its sensitivity to changes in blood flow.
Because of this, hearing loss can, in some cases, be an early identifier of cardiovascular issues. Visit an audiologist or hearing specialist. They can properly evaluate the causes of your hearing loss, identifying potential cardiovascular triggers.
Reducing the Risks of Cardiovascular Disease
Various contributing factors can lead to cardiovascular disease. Here are a few lifestyle changes that can help reduce the risk.
- Eat a balanced diet: A healthy, well-balanced diet that consists heavily of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can combat the risks of diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Quit smoking: Just one month after quitting, the circulation of the body begins to improve. After one year, the risk of coronary heart disease decreases by 50% and will continue to decrease over time.
- Increase physical activity: Regular activity of 30 minutes, three or four times per week can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Manage cholesterol: Along with eating a well-balanced diet, watching fat intake is also crucial. Avoiding trans fats and saturated fats will reduce the risk of clogged arteries.
To ensure your hearing health, contact Hearing Associates at 888.760.2032 to schedule an appointment at any of our Northern Iowa locations includingMason City, Charles City, and Albert Lea, Minnesota.