hearing aid heartThe American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month. This disease is one of the most serious health issues in the United States. The side effects of heart disease can lead to many other health issues, including hearing loss. 

Studies have shown that hearing loss is found 50% more often in individuals who also have heart disease. The reason for this is that plaque buildup narrows arteries. This interrupts the blood flow to the inner ear, which decreases your hearing. The nerves in your inner ear are so delicate, that some researchers believe that problems in this part of the body can be an early warning for the disease.

 

Maintaining Heart Health

While some heart issues are based on genetics, there are ways to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Don’t Smoke

Chemicals in tobacco products are known to significantly increase the production of plaque arteries, which reduces blood flow throughout the body (including the inner ear) and can lead to a heart attack. Individuals who smoke or use other tobacco products are encouraged to quit.

Exercise

Doing at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise can improve circulation. Additionally, regular exercise can assist in maintaining a healthy weight. This decreases the risk of other heart issues, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more. 

Healthy Diet

A diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains daily, can reduce your risk of high cholesterol. Additionally, limiting the amount of trans-fats you consume can help you maintain a healthy heart.

If you have a family history of heart or hearing issues, they may be related. We encourage everyone over 50 to have an annual hearing screening.

If you have not scheduled your hearing screening, contact our office to set your appointment. The staff at Physicians Hearing is here to help you maintain your hearing and overall health.