Heart of Hearing

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Have you heard about the link between your heart and your hearing? Your audiogram could serve as a screening test for cardiovascular and peripheral arterial disease. Decades of research shows that impaired cardiovascular system function results in impacted blood flow to the inner ear, leading to hearing loss. In fact, the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that even mild hearing loss can be one of the first signs something is not right with your heart.

A diet rich in whole foods (unprocessed fruits, vegetables and whole grains) is recommended for protecting against heart disease and, in turn, hearing loss. Furthermore, heart-boosting physical activity (‘cardio’ exercise such as running, jogging, or cycling) has also been proven to protect hearing. 

Don’t put off an ear exam. If you think your hearing isn’t what it used to be consult your GP for a thorough check-up. You can also take the Blamey Saunders Speech Perception Test here. Keep in mind that an audiogram is not always the best way to detect very early stages of hearing loss. Sometimes the most accurate test is to honesty ask yourself if you’re having trouble hearing.

One Comment

  1. Elaine, you write,
    “Keep in mind that an audiogram is not always the best way to detect very early stages of hearing loss. Sometimes the most accurate test is to honesty ask yourself if you’re having trouble hearing.”

    …And in fact, loss of synchrony in the neural firing from cochlear synaptopathy even before it shows up on the audiogram may go a long way to explaining impaired speech perception for noise exposure victims.

    For much more, see,
    Putting the ‘Neural’ Back in Sensorineural Hearing Loss, by Sharon G Kujawa PhD; The Hearing Journal: November 2014 – Volume 67 – Issue 11 – p 8; doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000457006.94307.97
    http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/Fulltext/2014/11000/Putting_the__Neural__Back_in_Sensorineural_Hearing.6.aspx

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