Research Links Cardiovascular Diseases, Hearing Loss and Tinnitus or Ringing in the Ears; Seek Advice for Hearing and Tinnitus to Avoid Greater Consequences

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Clark Audiology and the Better Hearing Institute Raises Awareness of the Link between Cardiovascular and Hearing Health during American Heart Month.

The inner ear is very sensitive to blood flow

If you are over thirty…

You should take note of the fact that research indicates that a person’s hearing and their cardiovascular health frequently are related. Given this relationship, BHI and Clark Audiology ( are urging people with cardiovascular disease to get their hearing checked. Likewise, people with hearing loss should pay close attention to their cardiovascular health.

The Heart-Hearing Connection

The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.

The authors of a study published in the American Journal of Audiology concluded that the negative influence of impaired cardiovascular health on both the peripheral and central auditory system—and the potential positive influence of improved cardiovascular health on these same systems—has been found through a sizable body of research that has been conducted over more than six decades.

David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, has been studying the relationship between cardiovascular and hearing health for years. According to Dr. Friedland: “The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that any abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted in the ear earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.”

Hearing Screenings Encouraged

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. For more information about cardiovascular health and how people can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke, visit, and For a complimentary hearing consultation in conjunction with American Heart Month, call Clark Audiology in Middletown, OH at 513-422 -6516.

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John Greer Clark, Ph.D.
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