Hearing Center of Long Island - February 2019

Love Your Ears; Love Your Heart

How Your Hearing Loss Is Impacting Your Heart Health

In the time it takes you to count to 40, one person dies from cardiovascular disease. In fact, it is the No. 1 cause of death among Americans. Experts have warned us that an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise is deadly, but not many people know that hearing impairment can also negatively affect your heart. According to a comparative study by Raymond H. Hull and Stacy R. Kerschen published in the American Journal of Audiology, poor cardiovascular health has negative effects on the auditory system, especially as a person ages. The study also found that mitigating hearing loss improved heart health, and this was more apparent among older adults. To understand how your heart can affect your hearing you have to understand how you actually hear. Your cochlea is a

convenient but, most importantly, I came into contact with an audiologist who was knowledgeable in his field of work, compassionate, both friendly and sociable, and was not pushy. He presented several options to treat my hearing loss and answered any questions I posed. In addition, the office staff and other audiologists are personable and professional and will always address any concerns I have. They are simply “service-oriented.” As a result of the above, I am totally satisfied with the staff and the treatment that were recommended to me, and I would highly recommend the Hearing Center of Long Island for your hearing needs.” tiny coiled tube that sits inside your ear behind your ear drum. Inside is a complex structure including membranes, moving parts, and fluids with special chemical properties. The vibration of the eardrum causes movement of these fluids which, in turn, sets off a complex series of chain reactions that result in nerve impulses sent to your brain. The brain then works to recognize and interpret the sounds represented by these impulses. Like other parts of your body, the cochlea relies on proper blood flow to stay healthy and function properly. Meanwhile, many things we do can have a positive or negative effect on the ability of your heart and cardiovascular to provide adequate blood supply to the cochlea. Consuming a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, managing stress, and adhering to a proper sleep

schedule all help. Your ears need a healthy cardiovascular system in order to function the best they can. Furthermore, stress that comes from straining to hear can affect your cardiovascular health by increasing your blood pressure. Additionally, stroke survivors often find hearing to be more difficult. Strokes can change the way our brains function, which can make the message our ears are sending to our brains overwhelming or unintelligible. This, in turn, causes the very same stress, as the patient has to retrain their brain. Remember: Your hearing depends on your cardiovascular health. If you are interested in learning more about hearing difficulties and hearing help, visit our website www.HearingCenterofLI.com or call our office for more information.

On Listening “Listen. People start to heal the moment they feel heard. ” –Cheryl Richardson The Sound of Laughter Q: What happened when the man fell in love with his garden? A: It made him wed his plants.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“Several years ago, I started to develop symptoms of possible hearing loss. I began to speak louder. My wife

would periodically say, “Didn’t you hear what I said?” I couldn’t hear conversations behind me, I couldn’t hear certain sounds, and I usually had the television volume on high. So, I decided to go to an audiologist for an evaluation to determine if my hearing was impaired and, if so, to what extent and what were my options to improve my hearing. At that point, my journey with the Hearing Center of Long Island began. Not only did I find the office to be

-Joseph Svirida, Long Beach, NY

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