If you are one of the 75 million Americans who suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure), it can be a factor in accelerating hearing loss. In our post on Hearing Health and Your Heart, we explained how cardiovascular disease can cause hearing loss. However, hypertension is another ailment that can cause hearing loss. This happens because hypertension damages blood vessels all over your body. When the blood vessels in your ear become damaged, a fatty plaque builds up and your hearing could be impaired as a result.
Blood Pressure Statistics
As we explained, 75 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure; that is about one in three Americans. Out of those 75 million with hypertension, only about 54% of them have it under control. As if those stats weren’t enough, another 1 in 3 American adults has prehypertension, which is higher than normal blood pressure. These statistics come from the Center for Disease Control.
Effects of Hypertension on Hearing
In 2013, a study was published that showed the link between hypertension and hearing loss. The study included 274 patients ages 46 to 64 and found that hearing diminished as blood pressure increased. The important thing to note about this study is that as blood pressure was brought under control, hearing could be restored. That is why if you or someone you love has high blood pressure, make an appointment with a hearing professional to have a hearing assessment. At the same time, if you or someone you love is experiencing hearing loss, see a doctor to make sure that hypertension isn’t the cause of your hearing loss. It is in the best interest of your ears and your overall health to do all you can to prevent hypertension and other cardiovascular ailments.
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