Hearing and Heart Health
February is American Heart Awareness Month, and The Center for Audiology staff is committing to taking steps to lower our collective risk of heart disease. This is also a good time to highlight the ongoing research linking hearing and heart health.
The American Journal of Audiology reported that impaired cardiovascular health has a negative effect on both the peripheral and central auditory system. The same study found that a healthy cardiovascular system – a person’s heart, arteries and veins – can have a positive effect on hearing. Lifestyle behaviors that affect the heart also impact hearing. A higher level of physical activity and consumption of omega-3 fatty acids have both been shown to benefit cardiovascular health and lower the risk of hearing loss.
The clear link between hearing health and heart health is a powerful reminder that Hearing Care is a critical part of Health Care. Make a hearing check part of your regular physical exams. If you already suspect that hearing loss may be affecting your day-to-day activities, schedule a more thorough hearing evaluation. In a single office visit, the audiologists at The Center for Audiology can typically evaluate hearing health and if there is a need, work with you to select and trial a hearing solution.
The Center for Audiology is among the hearing health professional network participating in “At the Heart of It. . .We Put People First”, a national campaign sponsored by Oticon, Inc. to raise awareness of the link between heart and hearing health. During February and March, a portion of the proceeds from every Oticon Opn™ hearing aid fitted by The Center for Audiology will be donated to the American Heart Association to fund life-saving research.
Opn's revolutionary technology improves the ability of the user to understand multiple speakers, even in noisy environments. Opn improves your ability to understand speech by up to 30%*, so you don't have to work as hard to understand, leaving more mental energy to remember what you hear.
For more information on heart and hearing health and Oticon Opn hearing solutions, contact The Center for Audiology at 713-255-0035.
*Le Goff et al. 2016, Opn Clinical Evidence White Paper, Oticon, Inc.