hearing aid heartStudies have shown that your cardiovascular system can have a direct effect on your hearing. That’s because interrupted blood flow or trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can be contributing factors to hearing loss.

Studies have shown that individuals with cardiovascular issues are 50% more likely to experience hearing loss. Of patients who had at least one heart attack, 80% had damage to their inner ear.

According to David R. Friedland, MD, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chair at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the inner ear is affected by blood flow so much that cardiovascular problems can be detected in this part of the body before other regions.

Because of this, hearing loss can in some cases be an early identifier of cardiovascular issues.


Reducing the Risks of Cardiovascular Disease

There are various contributing factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease. Here are a few lifestyle changes that can help reduce the risk.

  • Eat a balanced diet: A healthy, well-balanced diet that consists heavily of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can combat the risks of diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Quit smoking: Just one month after quitting, the circulation of the body begins to improve. After one year, the risk of coronary heart disease decreases by 50% and will continue to decrease over time.
  • Increase physical activity: Regular activity of 30 minutes, three or four times per week can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Manage cholesterol: Along with eating a well-balanced diet, watching fat intake is also crucial. Avoiding trans fats and saturated fats will reduce the risk of clogged arteries.

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