High Blood Pressure And Hearing Loss

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On May 13, 2020
High Blood Pressure and Hearing Loss

Could you imagine not being able to hear the voice of someone you love? Or your favorite piece of music? Do you realize how important the gift of hearing is? If you suffer from high blood pressure you might want to hear this.

There are many different ways tinnitus and hearing loss can be caused, from exposure to loud noise to medications. What many people don’t know is your blood pressure can play a huge part in the severity of tinnitus symptoms or hearing loss.

Tinnitus is diagnosed when there is a ringing, buzzing or static sound in the ear that a person hears constantly.

It can be affected by stress or one’s emotional state or health. The head and ear, are in close proximity to the brain and immense amounts of blood are flowing in and out of this area.

It is no wonder that high blood pressure can affect one’s hearing; causing hearing loss or tinnitus and affecting the degree and severity at times depending on the severity of the blood pressure.

Hearing Loss Study

In one study a total of 274 patients between the ages of 45 – 64 participated with the researchers finding a direct correlation between the presence of hypertension – also known as high blood pressure – and impaired hearing.

On a positive note, the researcher’s found that by bringing a patient’s blood pressure under control an additional loss of hearing could be prevented.

Hearing loss prevents people from being able to communicate as effectively as they could before they had a hearing loss, which can lead to social isolation.

In turn, this can increase the chance of developing depression and associated conditions.  Dr. Mohan Jagade, head of the ENT department at JJ Hospital, which conducted the study noted that:

“Hypertension is a trigger for several kinds of diseases but hearing loss affects the quality of life and, therefore, it’s important to rectify it at the earliest.” 

Dr. Jagade added that with the study indicating that hypertension is an accelerating factor of degeneration of the hearing apparatus and it is important that health professionals concerned with changes caused by hypertension work in coordination to improve the quality of life of the patient.

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When Hearing Loss Is Sudden 

The American Heart Association published a recap of an extensive study that establishes a relationship between sudden sensorineural hearing loss, more easily called SSNHL, and stroke. This condition is marked, obviously, with the sudden onset of hearing loss, as in one day you hear fine and a week later you can’t hear the TV anymore.

So, we’re not talking about the slow, gradual hearing loss associated with the aging process. This is different, you hear, then you don’t. Very sudden.

Hypertension and hearing loss study

The Sudden sensorineural hearing loss study, conducted in Taiwan, showed a clear relationship between the onset of sudden hearing loss and stroke. Published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, this important study suggests that sudden loss of hearing might be an early sign of vulnerability to stroke, foreshadowing an actual cerebrovascular event stroke as much as two years later.

Conclusion

It is important that people with high blood pressure get their hearing checked by a trained audiologist immediately to ensure that their hearing isn’t affected by high blood pressure or hypertension.

If you know someone with hearing loss, make sure they are also checking their blood pressure regularly. As we have come to realize, these two conditions often go hand-in-hand, and recognizing the connection could help prevent hearing loss.

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