Hearing Health

Hearing Loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older Americans, after hypertension and arthritis.

The Heart-Hearing Connection

A growing body of research indicates that a person’s hearing health and cardiovascular health frequently correspond.

Baby Boomers and Gen Xers need to take age-related hearing loss seriously. Research not only shows that untreated hearing loss has adverse effects on quality of life, earnings, and a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, but increasingly, studies show that hearing loss is affiliated with a number of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease.

Hearing loss is a common problem caused by aging, disease, heredity, and noise. About 17 percent of American adults — 36 million people — report some degree of hearing loss. There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss: 8 percent of American adults 18 to 44 years old, 19 percent of adults 45 to 64 years old, and 30 percent of adults 65 to 74 years old report trouble with hearing.

If you or someone you know is suffering from hearing loss, diabetes or heart disease, encourage them to have their hearing tested. If hearing loss is found, hearing instruments can improve quality and enjoyment of life!

The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow.
Studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system – a person’s heart, arteries and veins – has a positive effect on hearing. Inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.

References:
•American Diabetes Association Fast Facts Data and Statistics about Diabetes.
•Annals of Internal Medicine, was conducted by researchers from the NIDDK, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), components of the NIH and Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., which provides support on public health topics to NIH and other government agencies.
•National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) National Institute of Deafness
•Contact: Joan Chamberlain, NIDDK 301.496.3583 Linda Joy, NIDCD 301.496.7243