Your heart and ears have a lot in common. Love them both during American Heart Month.
People tend to take matters of the heart very seriously—and they tend to brush off hearing loss as inconsequential. But the truth is, your heart and ears have a lot more in common than most people realize.
In fact, decades of research point to a link between cardiovascular and hearing health.
Specifically, Raymond H. Hull, PhD, professor of communication sciences and disorders in audiology and neurosciences at Wichita State University, and Stacy R. Kerschen, AuD, conducted an analysis of 84 years of work from scientists worldwide on the link between cardiovascular health and the ability to hear and understand what others are saying. Their work, which reviewed 70 scientific studies, confirmed a direct link. The findings of their analysis also suggest that hearing loss may be an early sign of cardiovascular disease. “Our entire auditory system, especially the blood vessels of the inner ear, needs an oxygen-rich nutrient supply,” says Hull. “If it doesn’t get it due to cardiovascular health problems, then hearing can be affected.”
Other research suggests that hearing loss may be an early sign of cardiovascular disease in seemingly healthy middle-aged people, and even found that hearing loss is common in people in their forties.
David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, went so far as to conclude from his study that patients with low-frequency hearing loss should be regarded as at risk for cardiovascular events, and appropriate referrals should be considered.
He explains the heart-hearing link like this:
“The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.”
Other experts find the evidence so compelling they say the ear may be a window to the heart and encourage collaboration among hearing care providers, cardiologists, and other healthcare professionals.
So, go ahead. For American Heart Month in February, take time to take a free hearing test at any of our Luna Family Hearing locations.
5 random things your heart and ears have in common
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 BHI 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. One looked at women (18 to 40 years old) and found a link. Another uncovered a connection between higher BMI and a larger waist circumference, and hearing loss in women.
To learn how today’s high-tech hearing aid technologies can help you in everyday situations, visit www.lunafamilyhearing.com/ReSoundLiNX or call us at 1-855-HEAR-NOW [1-855-432-7669].
[Posted from original content provided for use by Better Hearing Institute, January 26, 2017]
Bellevue, WA, November 10, 2016 –(PR.com)– Father and son, Lou and Win Whittaker featured in hearing loss awareness campaign.
In recognition of Luna Family Hearing’s annual Hear for the Holidays hearing loss awareness campaign, they wanted to share the story of a father and son supporting each others hearing loss and success with hearing aids from Luna Family Hearing.
Luna Family Hearing kicks off a Hear for the Holidays campaign for hearing loss awareness at all Luna Family Hearing locations throughout the Pacific Northwest each November and December to help families and friends as they gather for the Holiday season hear at their best by inviting anyone experiencing hearing difficulties to come in for a free hearing test.
Win Whittaker, mountaineer, adventurer and filmmaker, has had his hearing aid success story featured nationally. His father, Lou, observed Win’s success with hearing aids, which are smart phone compatible for control and accessibility of advanced features. On Win’s recommendation, Lou decided to do something about his own hearing difficulties and agreed to check out what Win describes as a “game changer in technology” offered at Luna Family Hearing.
Lou, a world-renowned mountaineer, adventurer, artist and author is constantly in challenging hearing environments and struggled to hear clearly before wearing hearing aids from Luna Family Hearing. Lou’s pursuing hearing aids to conquer his hearing difficulties on the recommendation of his son exemplifies what Luna Family Hearing’s annual Hear for the Holidays awareness campaign is all about – making sure you are hearing the best you can with your family and friends during the Holiday season and throughout the entire year. “At my age, to hear as good as I do is a miracle to me,” states Lou Whittaker.
This hearing loss awareness campaign is personal to John Luna, CEO of Luna Family Hearing. “I grew up with a father who had a hearing loss and know first hand what a positive change hearing aids can make with communication within a family for everyone involved especially during the Holidays with family and friends gathered together. If you or someone in your life is experiencing difficulty with their hearing, then encourage them to take the first step and get help. Lou and Win’s example and success with hearing aids, along with the thousands of other hearing impaired clients we serve in the Pacific Northwest, is exactly why we do what we do each day, to make positive changes in peoples lives helping them hear the best they can each day,” states John Luna.
The holidays are a perfect time to reconnect with friends and family.
That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure your hearing at your best. You deserve to hear every story and be part of every joyful moment. If you still find yourself struggling to hear, or your hearing instrument doesn’t work quite the way it used to, you could benefit from an appointment to see if there is something the staff at Luna Family Hearing can do to help you or your loved one hear better.
During our annual Hear for the Holidays awareness campaign your visit with our staff allows you to ask any questions you may have regarding hearing and hearing loss for you or for a family member, friend or colleague.
During this hearing loss awareness campaign Luna Family Hearing is offering free hearing testing at any of our 11 Pacific Northwest locations. Call us at 1-855-HEAR-NOW or visit www.lunafamilyhearing.com to learn more and find a location nearest to you.
When you hear better, you feel better. And, so do we.
Luna Family Hearing client and ReSound LiNX² wearer and mountaineer Win Whittaker is getting some attention from the media because of his hearing aids and he’s not afraid to show them off. In fact, Whittaker says, “The technology has made these hearing aids actually cool. So I’m like, bring it on! I’ve got hearing aids!”
Whittaker is also currently featured on Apple’s new accessibility page, where he demonstrates the benefits of his Made for iPhone hearing aids. Apple’s video shows how this connectivity combined with ReSound’s superior sound quality make these innovative hearing technologies a game-changer for people living with hearing loss.
Win states “Finding Luna Family Hearing and ReSound LiNX has me rediscovering my world.”
Learn more by visiting one of Luna Family Hearing 11 locations throughout the Pacific Northwest by scheduling an appointment for a free hearing test and demonstration of this amazing new hearing aid technology today!
Check Win out on Apple’s accessibility page at http://images.apple.com/…/accessibility-feature-cc-us-20161… or here at http://images.apple.com/…/accessibility-live-listen-cc-us-2…