Studies Show that Hearing Loss is Connected to Other Health Conditions
Once upon a time, before people knew any better, they thought that hearing loss was simply a part of growing older-something not worth doing much about.
They were wrong.
Turns out, hearing loss isn’t fussy about age. More than half of us with hearing loss are still in the workforce. And hearing loss is a much bigger deal than we ever imagined. We need to take it seriously. The big surprise is that hearing loss has been linked to other health conditions. Cardiovascular and hearing healths are connected. Studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system positively affects hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. Some experts even believe that because the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow, it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body-making the ear a kind of “window to the heart.”
People with diabetes are about twice as likely to have hearing loss as those without it, and the list goes on.
The very best thing to do for hearing loss is to find out if you have it as soon as possible. Then take it seriously. If deemed appropriate by a qualified hearing health care professional, treat it. Hearing aids can benefit the vast majority of people with hearing loss.