Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. Evidence showing a link between cardiovascular and hearing health so compelling that they say – The ear may be the window to the heart.
David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee stated the following:
“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.”
Professor Friedland’s findings only became more relevant over time. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), researched the relationship between hearing and heart health in 2016 and found that the audiogram pattern correlates strongly with certain heart diseases and recommended a screening test for those at risk.
They concluded that patients with low-frequency hearing loss could be at higher risk for cardiovascular events, and recommended referrals for hearing tests from GP’s where appropriate.
So, what does all of this mean for you?
We have all heard about the importance of maintaining a healthy heart, but this becomes even more vital when you learn how closely your major organs are linked to your senses.
Tips to maintain a healthy heart:
As well as following these simple tips for a healthy heart, we recommend you speak to your GP about a referral for a hearing test. This will ensure you are taking every precaution to protect your hearing, and your heart.
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