Hearing Loss May Be a Sign of Heart Disease
Over thirty million Americans have been diagnosed with heart disease and 13% have a hearing loss.
Researchers indicate that there is a growing association between hearing loss and cardiovascular health. With over 60 years of research under their belts, they have concluded that people with cardiovascular disorders can be more prone to hearing loss and, therefore, should be proactive in getting their hearing tested. There are patterns in an audiogram that can signal one’s risk of having cerebrovascular and peripheral arterial disease, especially if low frequency hearing loss is detected. As a result, audiograms can actually be used as somewhat of a heart health screening.
The Connection Between Hearing Loss and The Heart
The term cardiovascular relates to the heart and blood vessels and if your heart and blood vessels are in poor health, they can limit blood flow and lead to chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in your legs, arms, neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen, and back. Moreover, poor blood flow can also affect your inner ear which can cause hearing loss, especially at lower frequencies. In short, hearing loss can be a sign of cardiovascular disease. And the reverse is also true: that a healthy cardiovascular system positively affects hearing, especially in older adults.
Low frequency hearing loss, in studies, has been associated with these cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders:
- Intracranial vascular pathology (stroke and transient ischemic attacks)
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Coronary artery disease
- Myocardial infarction
If you’ve been diagnosed with a cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disorder, get your hearing tested. If you suffer from hearing loss, you can be treated with hearing aids so that your [low-frequency] hearing struggles can be mitigated. And conversely, report any type of hearing loss to your hearing specialist because it could a sign of an undiagnosed cardiovascular disorder.