The Link Between Hypertension and Hearing Loss
Hypertension, or high blood pressure as it’s otherwise known, is a serious health condition that can have further ramifications for your health. But not everyone realizes the link that exists between hypertension and hearing loss. That’s something that we’re going to talk more about today.
It’s important to understand the nature of hearing loss and how it can connect to other areas of your health, and this link to hypertension is a significant example of that.
High blood pressure and its causes
Blood pressure refers to the force of your blood against the walls of the blood vessels. So, when that pressure is too high, it means that the blood vessels are hit harder and damaged by pumping the blood through them. Over time, this can lead to the buildup of plaque, and blood flow can be diminished.
Many things can cause hypertension, including obesity, a lack of mobility, genetic risk factors, age, alcohol consumption, salt intake and smoking. When the problem is discovered and diagnosed, it can be treated through medication or lifestyle improvements.
Hypertension and hearing loss
So, what’s the link between hypertension and hearing loss? Hearing loss doesn’t cause hypertension; the problem occurs the other way around. When a person has high blood pressure, the blood vessels in the body sustain damage, as we’ve discussed above.
That means that the blood vessels in the ear can also sustain damage. That’s why it’s believed that people with high blood pressure are also more likely to experience hearing loss. When high blood pressure goes untreated, the ears and hearing organs are damaged permanently in some cases.
The risks associated with hypertension
Of course, hearing loss is not the only risk associated with hypertension, and some of the issues that are linked to hypertension are known to be highly dangerous. Heart attacks and strokes are both a lot more likely for people with hypertension.
Around 80% of people who have a stroke for the first time also have hypertension at the time this happens. That’s why problems such as hypertension must be found early and dealt with through the necessary treatment and medical support in order to bring those levels down.
Sudden changes in hearing
One of the signs that a person might be suffering from untreated hypertension is noticing a sudden change in the quality of their hearing. This is something that has been researched and a clear link has been found between these two things, even if the reasons for the sudden loss are not fully understood yet.
It was also found that experiencing a sudden case of hearing loss and its link to high blood pressure meant that people experiencing this symptom were also a lot more likely to have a stroke in the two years that followed the arrival of this new symptom.
The importance of regular hearing checks
All of this underlines the importance of having regular hearing checks carried out. You might not always notice when your hearing declines, but if you have your hearing checked regularly, any changes will be noted by your audiologist and tracked over time.
They can then take action and get to the bottom of whatever has caused your hearing loss, especially if it’s happened suddenly and might turn out to be a sign of hypertension that needs to be treated. That’s as good a reason as any not to skip your regular hearing checkups.
Staying healthy in general will help to keep the risk of hypertension at bay. Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet are two things that are likely to keep your blood pressure under control. It's a good idea to attend regular checkups with your doctor to have your blood pressure tested. Getting the basics right and looking after your health will put you in a much better position and make problems such as blood pressure less likely.
Get in touch with Lowe Audiology to learn more
If you want to find out more about the link between hypertension and hearing loss, or you want to book an appointment to have your hearing tested, get in touch with our team here at Lowe Audiology today. We’ll be more than happy to schedule a visit for you and answer any questions you might have. Getting in front of health issues like hypertension and hearing loss is vital to prompt treatment. The number to use if you want to get in touch is 260-222-7925.