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Heart Disease and Hearing Loss Connection

About 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)

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Heart Disease Risk Factors

Major Risk Factors: Risk factors that cannot be changed or modified including the following:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family History

Modifiable Risk Factors: Risk factors that can be changed and modified including the following:

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

Link between hearing and heart health

The link between hearing loss and hearth 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.  

Exercise with hearing aids

Take a look at these simple tips for exercising with hearing aids.

Improving cardiovascular health

Eliminated the modifiable risk factors gives 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


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