Did you know that heart health affects the whole body? The human body is an amazing creation, intricate beyond what we may already understand it to be. Among the five senses, hearing is one that is more significant than we may recognize: we can hear danger approaching, communicate with others, process verbal information, and enjoy music and other sounds. Taking care of your heart takes care of your hearing. Here’s how to give your hearing some love this year!
The Intricate Ear
First, one must understand how the ear and the heart are connected. Its design is fascinating on its own. One single artery carries blood with its oxygen and nutrients into the inner ear, circling first to the lower region that registers high-pitched sounds, and then to the higher end where low sounds are processed. Therefore, should the blood flow change in the inner ear, low-pitched sounds tend to go first.
Blood circulation is what helps to keep the ears alive. With the slightest difference in proper blood circulation in the ears, hearing loss can result. Ears are so sensitive, that they can be indicators of a serious cardiovascular illness. Conversely, taking care of one’s heart can also promote healthy hearing.
Hearing and Your Heart: Top Concerns
Sadly, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is one of the top illnesses in the country, affecting men and women alike, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. The causes of CAD or heart disease are many:
- Physical inactivity
- High sodium diet
- High saturated fat diet
- High blood pressure
- High and low cholesterol
What You Can Do
While some causes of heart disease are genetic, many are ones that people can change. Embarking on a journey to quit smoking, exercising daily, and eating a low-sodium, low-fat diet, are just three ways to begin to live a healthier and happier life. Your heart and your hearing will thank you.
If you notice that your hearing has become less than ideal, don’t wait to get it checked. Hearing loss only progresses for the worse, affecting your brain’s health and ability to communicate with your family, friends, etc. Contact Clarity Audiology to get an accurate hearing evaluation.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that are personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.