The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1 in 3 adults in the United States have high blood pressure. A further 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. have prehypertension. Prehypertension is blood pressure that is measuring as higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be classified as high blood pressure.
Is it a coincidence that 1 in 3 adults in America between 65-74 years of age report hearing loss? Could it be that there is a connection between high blood pressure and hearing loss?
High Blood Pressure & Hearing Loss: What You Should Know
People with high blood pressure could have a hearing loss because of the high blood pressure. This is the result of a study by researchers at the JJ Hospital in Mumbai.
For one and a half years, researchers looked hearing loss in 150 patients, who were middle-aged. Head of the ENT department at JJ Hospital and the study’s lead author, Dr. Jagade noted: “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.
“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,” he highlighted.
Can High Blood Pressure Affect Your Hearing?
Our auditory system requires a continual supply of oxygen rich blood in order to function well. The delicate cells that make up our auditory system rely on this oxygen rich blood to keep our hearing healthy. If this supply of blood is disrupted, our auditory system can be damaged.
Consider the cilia in your ears. These hair cells are fragile, but play an important part in helping you hear. Vibrations from the cilia are sent as electrical signals to your brain. Your brain converts these electrical signals into ‘sounds’.
If blood flow to these hair cells is restricted, it can cause the cilia to die. Subsequently, your brain receives less information about the sounds around you. The result can be sensorineural hearing loss.
What this means, is that any health condition that impacts the circulation of your blood can impact your hearing health. This includes high blood pressure. High blood pressure has also been shown to cause (or worsen) pulsatile tinnitus.
The researchers at JJ Hospital did find that using medication to help treat high blood pressure subsequently lowered the risk of hearing loss.
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