Studies have shown a link between cardiovascular disease and hearing loss. According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), a 2009 study concluded that patients with low-frequency hearing loss should be considered “at-risk” for cardiovascular issues in the future.
What are some ways you can lower the risk of both—ie, kill two birds with one stone?
REDUCING YOUR RISK OF HEARING LOSS AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Luckily, the BHI has compiled a step-by-step guide of five healthy ways to improve hearing health while also helping to prevent heart disease. In this article, we share the highlights, edited and adapted from the BHI website.
- Smoking – It’s well-known that smoking is bad for your health, and can cause heart disease. According to the BHI, there is some research that suggests smokers have a higher risk of hearing loss as well. Though the exact cause is unclear, many smokers have heart disease, which is linked to hearing loss. Consider quitting smoking and/or reducing your exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Obesity – Having a higher BMI and larger waist circumference may be linked to hearing loss, according to the BHI. Also a risk factor for heart disease, obesity is associated with a wide range of health consequences including cancer, diabetes, and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Adopting a healthy diet and exercise regimen help to manage weight.
- Exercise – Exercise is good for reducing the risk of heart disease, and has been shown to be associated with a lowered risk of hearing loss, according to the BHI. Maintaining a healthy weight and diet helps reduce the health risks associated with excessive weight.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Adding fish such as wild salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel, and sardines, among others, help lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and hearing loss. Taking fish oil supplements may also help, but talk to your health care provider first, particularly if you have other health conditions.
- Depression – Individuals with heart disease and hearing loss both have a higher risk for depression, according to the BHI. The good news is that wearing hearing aids can reverse this effect; people who wear them are more likely to be optimistic and engaged, and are less likely to feel depressed as compared to people who have no reported hearing loss.
Financing the Cost of Treatment
If hearing aids are what your hearing healthcare practitioner recommends, how do you go about paying for them? By using CareCredit, you can make easy, monthly payments over time, to help ease the financial burden. What are you waiting for?