Hearing loss and heart disease

hearingAbout heart disease

Heart disease is consistently one of the leading causes of death in the United States.  Luckily, there are many thing you can control to prevent heart disease.  The terms heart disease and cardiovascular disease are indistinguishable.  The terms broadly reflect a group of diseases including:

Atherosclerotic disease
Arrhythmias
Congenital heart defects
Heart Failure
Endocarditis
Heart Valve Disease

Signs and Symptoms of heart disease

If you or a loved one are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Racing heart
  • Unexplained shortness of breath
  • Unexplained numbness in your extremities or jaw
  • Chest fluttering
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Fainting (syncope)

Major Risk Factors

Heart disease risk factors that cannot be changed or modified including the following:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family History

Modifiable Risk Factors

Heart disease risk factors that can be changed and modified including the following:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

Improving cardiovascular health

Eliminating the modifiable risk factors give you the best platform for a healthy heart. Here are some of the best ways to start heart-healthy:

  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise daily
  • Meditate
  • Start journaling

Link between hearing and heart health

Hearing aids do more than help you hear. They connect you with the things you love: relationships, family, and friends. There are many positive effects when using hearing aids.

The link between hearing loss and heart health has been known for many years.  The reason for this connection is related to issues with blood flow.  When the small arteries of the auditory system are hardened and clogged they cannot deliver the blood to the inner ear.  This can cause irreversible hearing loss. Poor circulation to the delicate nerves used in hearing can also be damaged by lack of oxygen due to poor blood flow. Studies show that improving cardiovascular health will reduce the risk for hearing loss.  

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