“The human body is the most complex system ever created. The more we learn about it, the more appreciation we have about what a rich system it is.”
Bill Gates had it right when he said this. There is no doubt that the human body is infinitely complex. The more science learns about this “rich system,” the more we all understand how seemingly unrelated systems and symptoms in the body can tell us so much about the body as a whole. This includes the connection between heart health and hearing loss.
As more and more Americans are affected by a loss of hearing, researchers are turning their attention to how this loss may impact other areas of health. In recent years, scientists have examined hearing impairment and its connection to increased risk of dementia and depression. As science is digging into hearing health, many are now seeing hearing loss as an early indicator of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and stroke.
The research to this point may be limited, but many hypothesize that the connection lies in blood flow to the ear. When blood flow to the inner workings of the ear is compromised, hearing problems can be the result. it’s clear that there is a connection between hearing and heart health.
The good news is that with the right lifestyle choices, you can begin improving your heart health at any time. Working with your physician to run tests and get a baseline for your heart and overall health (as you would work with a hearing health care provider to manage your hearing), is the best place to start. Doctors and dietitians you work with may recommend changes such as these to improve cardiovascular health:
If you are affected by hearing loss, it may be time to take a closer look at your heart and cardiovascular system. Work with your hearing health care provider and doctor to keep your “complex system” of a human body functioning at its best!