World Heart Day is Sept.29! Research indicates that an individual’s hearing health and cardiovascular health frequently correspond.

Washington, DC, September 27,
2011

In recognition of World Heart Day, the Better Hearing
Institute (BHI) is raising awareness of the connection between
cardiovascular and hearing health, and is urging people with cardiovascular
disease to get their hearing checked. A growing body of research indicates that
an individual’s hearing health and cardiovascular health frequently correspond.
So to help people determine if they need a comprehensive hearing check by a
hearing professional, BHI has made available a free, quick, and confidential
online hearing test at www.hearingcheck.org.

According to the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day
takes place each year on September 29 and was created in 2000 to inform people
around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of
death, claiming 17.1 million lives each year. At least 80 percent of premature
deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors,
tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, were controlled, the
organization says.

“Heart disease poses a tremendous health threat throughout the world,” says Sergei
Kochkin, PhD, BHI’s Executive Director. “Yet, an alarming number of people
don’t understand how serious the threat of heart disease is to them personally,
or how closely intertwined it is with other health conditions, such as hearing
health. We urge people to learn about heart disease, identify their risks, and
take action today to protect their health.”

For more information about World Heart Day and cardiovascular health, people can visit www.world-heart-federation.org.

The Connection between Heart and Hearing Health

The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. Studies have shown that a
healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—has a
positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the
blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.

Some researchers hypothesize that because the inner ear is so sensitive to blood
flow, abnormalities in the condition of blood vessels here could be noted
earlier than in other, less sensitive parts of the body.

In one study,published in The Laryngoscope, researchers hypothesized that low-frequency hearing loss is associated with underlying cardiovascular disease; and a mathematical formula using audiometric pattern and medical history to predict the
probability of cardiovascular diseases and events was developed and tested. The researchers concluded that the audiogram pattern correlates strongly with cerebrovascular and peripheral arterial disease, and that it may represent a screeningtest for those at risk  . The researchers also concluded that patients with
low-frequency hearing loss should be regarded as at risk for cardiovascular
events, and that appropriate referrals should be considered.

In another study, published in the June 2010 issue of the American
Journal of Audiology,
the authors reviewed research that had been
conducted over the past 60 plus years. They found that the negative influence
of impaired cardiovascular health on both the peripheral and central auditory
system, and the potential positive influence of improved cardiovascular health
on these same systems, was found through a sizable body of research.

“The hearing healthcare community has long observed a connection between heart health and hearing health,” Kochkin adds.  “In recognition of World Heart Day, we feel it is important to encourage people to address both their heart and hearinghealth. We also hope to raise awareness of the ongoing research being conducted on this important topic.”

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