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How Heart Health Can Affect Your Hearing

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Over the years, various research studies have suggested a substantial link between heart health and hearing. The condition of your heart, arteries and veins may determine whether you do experience changes to your hearing. Similarly, changes to your hearing could also be a sign that you are experiencing a condition with your heart which may be impacting your overall health. 

Any conditions that alter the blood supply to this part of your ear will prevent it from receiving oxygen. This can lead to permanent changes to your hearing and your ear. 

How Does Your Heart Health Connect to Your Hearing?

If you’re wondering how your heart health is connected to your hearing, the answer is all about blood flow and circulation throughout your body. If there are issues with the way your blood circulates, then this is going to lead to problems with a wide number of processes. 

This includes issues in areas of the body that are considered to be sensitive such as the cochlea. This is a key part of your ear as it is responsible for sending different signals to your brain. If your cochlea isn’t working as it should, then you will always experience changes to your hearing. 

Now, let’s explore some of the conditions that can impact your hearing and change how you hear or what you can hear.

Cardiovascular Disease

It’s possible that you have cardiovascular disease. This condition causes your arteries to harden. In turn, this can impact the circulation of blood through your body which will change your hearing significantly. This is because your inner ear is particularly sensitive to changes with your circulation. As such, if your arteries harden, then this will change your circulation and as a side effect, your hearing will also change. 

Diabetes

People who have a history of heart disease will benefit from getting regular hearing tests to check for changes to their hearing. This is important throughout different stages over the course of their disease. The same is true for anyone who is experiencing diabetes. This is particularly crucial for those that have type two diabetes. 

The reason for this is that people with this condition are at a greater risk of problems with both a stroke and heart disease. As such, they are also more likely to experience changes to their hearing over time. 

Hypertension 

Finally, you should think about issues with hypertension. High blood pressure can lead to changes in various organs throughout your body. This could include the cochlea in your ear which is particularly delicate due its size. Since the veins which travel to the cochlea are some of the smallest in the human body, they are particularly sensitive to changes in blood pressure. As such, they need to be in the right condition. 

Hearing Can Point to Changes with Heart Health

While heart conditions can lead to changes with your hearing, it’s important to be aware that this is also a two-way street. This means that changes to your hearing can also be a sign of issues with your heart health. The reason for this is that the inner ear is incredibly sensitive to changes to your blood pressure. As such, it’s possible that a change to your hearing can be the first sign that you need to get your heart checked out. 

Any conditions that alter the blood supply to this part of your ear will prevent it from receiving oxygen. This can lead to permanent changes to your hearing and your ear. 

Symptoms of Heart Disease

There are various symptoms of heart disease to be aware of beyond just changes to your hearing. For instance, you might find that you feel dizzy or lightheaded due to conditions in your heart. Dizziness can also be related to changes to your hearing. The reason for this is that hearing trouble can cause problems with balance due to how it changes overall impacts your inner ear. 

Do be aware that certain people are more at risk of developing issues with their heart. This can include age. That’s why as you get older you should make sure that you are getting your hearing checked more regularly, at least once a year. 

We hope this helps you understand how your heart health can have an impact on your hearing and your senses. If you are interested in learning more about this connection, then speaking to an audiologist may be the answer. Advanced Audiology Services LLC can provide the right support here and you can learn more about this by contacting us at 810-388-9400.