Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and factors like hypertension and diabetes are on the rise. While no definitive link between hearing loss and heart disease has been established, extensive research suggests a connection. According to a 2018 JAMA study, cardiovascular disease was associated with worsened and accelerated hearing loss (Wattamwar et al., 2018).
The inner ear, rich in blood vessels, is susceptible to damage due to insufficient oxygen and blood flow. Individuals with narrow arteries, abnormal blood vessels, or other vascular issues may experience a specific type of tinnitus, resembling a heartbeat-like sound. If you or someone you know has this symptom, it’s crucial to consult a hearing healthcare provider promptly.
For those with cardiovascular or cardiac concerns, regular monitoring for hearing loss by an audiologist is recommended. Early intervention plays a pivotal role in achieving positive clinical outcomes and better results for patients.
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