Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.A., affecting over 600,000 people a year. Cardiovascular diseases resulting from poor nutrition, lack of exercise, stress, and smoking have been closely linked to hearing loss in older adults. This is because poor cardiovascular health decreases blood flow, and the structures in the ear need strong blood flow to continue working properly.
Some researchers have even called the ear a “window to the heart” because they’ve found that audiogram patterns (the results of a hearing test) correlate strongly with heart disease. This means that doctors might be able to use these patterns as screening criteria to assess whether someone is at-risk for cardiovascular events like heart attacks.
Due to these correlations, it’s important to see a hearing healthcare provider regularly in addition to visits with your primary care physician. Many primary care physicians do not regularly screen for hearing loss, and they may miss signs that your hearing healthcare provider could identify.
Sergei Kochkin, PhD, former Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute says, “An alarming number of Americans don’t understand how serious the threat of heart disease is to them personally, or how closely intertwined it is with other health conditions, such as hearing health. We urge women and men alike to know their risks and to take action today to protect their heart and hearing health.”
The sooner conditions like heart disease and hearing loss are identified and addressed, the less impact they will have on your overall health and well-being. To make an appointment, please call 516-628-4300.