High Blood Pressure & Hearing Loss: What You Should Know

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75 million American adults have high blood pressure? That equates to 1 in every 3 adults. To add to this further, 1 in 3 American adults have prehypertension - that is, a higher than normal blood pressure but not yet in the range of of high blood pressure.

Perhaps coincidentally, 1 in 3 American adults aged 65-74 have a hearing loss. So is there a connection between high blood pressure and hearing loss? Here’s what you should know.

High Blood Pressure & Hearing Loss: What You Should Know

A study that was carried out over the course of one and a half years by researchers at the JJ Hospital in Mumbai found that people with high blood pressure could also be experiencing hearing loss as a result of it.

Dr. Jagade, the lead author of the study and head of the ENT department at JJ Hospital, said, “We studied the loss of hearing in a group of 150 middle-aged patients. It was found that a patient with hypertension had hearing loss.”

He continued, “Hypertension is a trigger for several kinds of diseases but hearing loss affects quality of life and, therefore, it's important to rectify it as early as possible.”

How Can High Blood Pressure Affect Your Hearing?

Our auditory system is complex. The delicate cells in our auditory system need a constant supply of well-oxygenated blood in order to maintain health hearing. When this supply of well-oxygenated blood is interrupted, damage can occur.

To help put this into context, consider the fragile hair cells in your inner ear. These hair cells play a crucial role in converting sounds from your environment into electrical signals that your brain can interpret as sounds. If a lack of blood flow causes these delicate hair cells to die, your brain receives less information about the sounds around you. This results in sensorineural hearing loss.

Health conditions that impact the normal circulation of your blood, such as high blood pressure, can therefore have an impact on your hearing health. High blood pressure can also cause or worsen symptoms of pulsatile tinnitus.

Positively, the researchers at the JJ Hospital found that treating high blood pressure with medication lowered the risk of a hearing loss. Early intervention and treatment is the best way to keep your hearing healthy. If you’d like to book in a complimentary hearing assessment, the team at Family Audiology are here to help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of certified hearing care professionals.

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