The Connection Between Heart Disease And Hearing Loss

Hearing loss focuses mainly on the ears, but let’s talk about the connection of heart disease and hearing loss, along with age, and other conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and other vascular diseases. 

A growing body of research suggests that hearing loss and heart disease are often linked. The nature of this connection is still under investigation.  However, experts suggest that injury to blood vessels and impaired blood flow may be to blame.

“The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body,” explains David R. Friedland, MD, PhD

A study published in ENT Today reported that low-frequency hearing loss could be an early indicator that a patient has cerebrovascular disease or is at risk for cardiovascular disease. The inner ear is highly vascularized (meaning it has a lot of blood vessels).  A change in the health of the blood vessels could affect hearing.  The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. It is possible that any abnormalities in their condition could be noted earlier than in other parts of the body that are less sensitive to subtle changes in blood vessel health.

A Screening Test for Heart Disease

In yet another study, published in The Laryngoscope, Dr. Friedland and fellow researchers found that audiogram pattern correlates strongly with cerebrovascular and peripheral arterial disease.  Audiogram patterns may ultimately represent a screening test for those at risk. They also concluded that patients with low-frequency hearing loss should be regarded as at risk for cardiovascular events, and appropriate referrals should be considered.

Maybe it’s time to get your hearing checked for more reasons than just the obvious.

Audiologists in Rye, NY

If you need to be connected with reliable audiologists in Rye, NY, and nearby locations, please reach out to us at Audiology and Speech Solutions.

We provide comprehensive hearing tests, hearing aids, and other hearing solutions for patients of all ages.

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