February is Heart Month so why are we talking about hearing? As is so often the case, our ears and hearing health are linked to other systems in our bodies.
Studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. And like the canary in the coal mine our inner ear – which is extremely sensitive to blood flow – can reflect changes in the volume of blow flow before other parts of the body that are less sensitive. So does a healthy heart equal better hearing?
Adults with heart disease show a higher incidence of hearing loss, 54% greater among those who have a history of heart disease than in the general population. Hearing loss also appeared in almost 80% of people who’d had a myocardial infarction (heart attack). The study found that while women were 2.7 times more likely to experience hearing loss after a heart attack the same did not hold true for men. So ladies, if you have risk factors for heart disease be aware that your hearing may also be affected.
We all know that exercise is good for our hearts and in turn, a strong heart benefits our hearing. The study points to people who exercise at least once a week having a 32% reduction in risk of hearing loss when compared to those who don’t put on their walking shoes.
According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, heart disease and stroke take one life every 7 minutes. 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor. We recommend you visit your doctor to ensure your heart is healthy. While there, ask your doctor about your hearing – he or she can recommend a complimentary hearing test at any Connect Hearing. Let’s keep your heart and your hearing healthy!