Heart disease and hearing loss: The surprising link

Hearing Expert

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – February is heart month, and eightWest has spent a lot of time educating viewers. Aside from being dangerous in and of itself, heart disease is also linked to other various health issues that affect quality of life. One such issue is hearing loss. McDonald Hearing Services joined eightWest to talk more about the surprising link between these two issues.

Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system 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. According to the American Journal of Medicine, increased physical activity can actually decrease your risk for hearing loss. The American Heart Association also recommends maintaining a healthy diet and keeping blood pressure within a healthy range.

In light of the link between cardiovascular health and hearing health, The Better Hearing Institute recommends annual hearing evaluations for individuals age 40 and older as part of their annual routine medical screenings. Individuals with risk factors for developing heart disease and those who have already been diagnosed should be especially vigilant about hearing health.

McDonald Hearing Services is offering free hearing screenings in the month of February. Just mention you saw their segment on eightWest.

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About McDonald Hearing Services

At McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care, we realize that the idea of hearing loss and purchasing of hearing aids can be overwhelming. We understand your challenges and we’re here to help. Whether it’s your hearing needs, or the hearing needs of a loved one, we can provide you with the information you need to eliminate confusion, allowing you to make informed decisions about your hearing health.