Do Your Heart and Your Hearing a FavorFebruary 19, 2020
Did you enjoy your Valentine’s Day? The flowers, the romance, a big heart full of candy? It’s a good thing they picked that shape for the candy boxes, because the actual human heart isn’t quite as pretty to look at as a classic Valentine’s Day heart. On the other hand, there is truly nothing more beautiful than a heathy heart pumping in support of a happy life.
You may not realize it, but a healthy heart is also important to maintaining healthy hearing. Like everything else in our bodies, the mechanisms that allow us to hear rely on healthy blood flow. Tiny vessels located in the inner ear are vital to powering the organ that translates soundwave vibrations into electrical impulses for the brain.
Anything that restricts the flow of blood has the potential to harm your hearing. That’s why hearing health professionals recommend a hearing test shortly after a heart attack or stroke. You can’t know if that interference with the blood stream has affected your hearing until you have your hearing tested.
The many decades of research into the connection between cardiovascular disease and hearing loss is very compelling. In fact, hearing care providers consider it so important that they now review and document each patient’s cardiovascular health history.
There are factors related to cardiovascular heath that you can’t do anything about—inherited genetic traits, for instance. But there are things you CAN do to help ensure a good supply of blood to the inner ear:
Don’t use tobacco.Not only is tobacco bad for your lungs, nicotine can constrict blood vessels like those little ones in your inner ear.
Get some exercise.You don’t have to become a marathoner; just work some reasonable, regular exercise into your routine. And if you work a sedentary desk job, find a reason to get up and move around every hour.
Eat fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are both good for cleaning plaque out of your arteries.
Cook with healthy oils.Switch to oils that are low in saturated fat, such as sesame oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil.
Those are just a few of the simple things you can do to take care of your heart and circulatory system. A simple web search can yield a whole lot more. Show yourself and the people who care about you a little love by committing to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Your cardiovascular system, and every system that depends on it—your ears, included—will thank you for it.