Exploring the Link between Cardiovascular Disease and Hearing Health

By Rachel Ersoff, Au.D.

September 25th, 2016

World Heart Day is September 29, which might be a good day to check your hearing. Research is showing increasing evidence that heart health and hearing health are linked more closely than you would think.

Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system (this includes the heart, arteries, and veins) has a positive effect on hearing. On the other hand, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.

So why would the link between the heart and hearing be so strong? David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, who studies the relationship between cardiovascular and hearing health, responds: “The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.”

Therefore, detecting hearing loss may provide early detection for other medical conditions such as heart disease. Audiologists have the equipment and training to uncover the potential for an increasing number of underlying medical conditions, and early detection promotes a patient’s best chance of recovery.

For World Heart Day, people with heart disease or suspected hearing loss should get their hearing checked due to the link between cardiovascular disease and hearing health. Call (505)982-4848 for a hearing appointment with an ear, nose, and throat specialist at SWENT.