Some people may already know that there is a connection between cardiovascular disease and hearing loss. But did you know that high blood pressure has also been linked to hearing loss problems?
What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is consistently too high. In other words, the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure, or hypertension.
How is High Blood Pressure Linked to Hearing Loss?
Dr. Mohan Jagade, head of the ENT department at JJ hospital conducted a study in 2013 which concluded that people with elevated blood pressure showed a significant increase in the presence of hearing loss. It was found that high blood pressure actually impacts the blood flow to the delicate structures in the inner ear, and that hypertension is also an accelerating factor in the degeneration of the auditory system and hearing as people age. So in conclusion, when your blood pressure is high, your blood vessels are damaged. This damage isn’t centered in one area of the body; your entire body is affected including your ears. When the blood vessels in your ears are damaged (and have a fatty plaque build up) your hearing could be affected.
It is important that people with high blood pressure get their hearing checked by a trained audiologist immediately to ensure that their hearing isn’t affected by high blood pressure or hypertension. If you know someone with hearing loss, make sure they are also checking their blood pressure regularly. As we have come to realize, these two conditions often go hand-in-hand, and recognizing the connection could help prevent hearing loss.
Contact us at Hearing Solutions, Inc and schedule an appointment for a hearing exam at one of our offices near you. We have a friendly staff of certified hearing care professionals waiting to help you!