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A healthy heart is associated with healthy ears. Studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. The inner ear is very sensitive to blood flow. Inadequate blood flow in the inner ear contributes to hearing loss. However, poor blood circulation can also cause damage to the central auditory pathways in the brain.
Some patients with heart disease or vascular problems also hear pulsatile tinnitus (rythmic pulsing in time with the heartbeat.)
High blood pressure can also cause damage to the inner ear leading to hearing loss.
The good news is there are several things we can all do to stay healthy. Eat right and exercise are very important! Don’t smoke. The risk of hearing loss increases by 15% in persistent smokers. If you do have heart issues, have your hearing tested and monitor your hearing over time. If you have never had a hearing test, get a baseline by age 50 years.