Love Your Ears (and Your Heart)

Your heart and ears have a lot in common. Take care of both.

February is American Heart Month. You may not know it, but your ears and your heart have a lot in common. Taking care of both can help you lead a long and happy life.

Consider this: a study reviewed more than 80 years worth of research to determine a link between cardiovascular health and the ability to hear and understand what others are saying. The research, which reviewed 70 scientific studies, confirmed a direct link.

In addition, other research suggests that hearing loss may be an early sign of cardiovascular disease in seemingly healthy middle-aged people due to the sensitivity of the inner ear to abnormalities in the cardiovascular system.

Here are 5 interesting similarities between your heart and your ears from the Better Hearing Institute:

  • 1. Someone with heart disease is at a higher risk of depression—and someone with unaddressed hearing loss is at a higher risk of depression. But Better Hearing Institute research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic and feel engaged in life.
  • 2. Exercise is good for your heart—and exercise is good for your ears. One study found that a higher level of physical activity is associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women.
  • 3. Smoking hurts your heart—and it’s really bad for your ears too. Research shows that both smokers and passive smokers are more likely to suffer hearing loss.
  • 4. Your heart and ears love omega-3 fatty acids. Research found that regular fish consumption and higher intake of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women.
  • 5. Obesity puts people at risk for heart disease—and it affects hearing function. A number of studies show a link between obesity and hearing loss.

Love your ears this month and schedule your consultation today.   Click here to make an appointment with Sound Hearing Care at one our convenient locations in the Upstate!

Laura Berry