In patients older than 80, hearing loss may warn of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease and accelerated hearing loss in such patients can be treated to slow this age-related decline. In the journal JAMA Otolaryngology, lead author Kapil Wattamwar, MD, of the Yale School of Medicine and his colleagues published these findings June 14, 2018. Each condition points to the other, he noted. Treating cardiovascular disease may aid in slowing hearing loss and treating hearing loss may aid in slowing cardiovascular disease. Wattamwar and his group studied 433 patients older than 80. There will be more people in this age bracket in the next 40 years, he states.
Decibel thresholds and word recognition scores were ascertained in the study. These were the findings:
Cardiovascular disease interferes with blood flow to the cochlea part of the ear. The Cochlea is the spiral cavity of the inner ear containing the organ of Corti, which produces nerve impulses in response to sound vibrations. Wattamwar and his group wrote, “Decreased blood flow in the cochlea may directly cause stereocilia cell death.”
So, if you have cardiovascular disease or some other comorbidity associated with hearing loss, you might want to get your hearing checked, or if you have hearing loss, you might want to be checked for cardiovascular disease or other comorbidities.
For the best hearing test, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.