Heart disease and your hearing

I hope everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the festive season with their family and friends, and are now ready to embrace a fresh year with new goals and challenges in 2016.

Unfortunately, weight gain over the Christmas period is very common, with the average Australian expected to gain between 0.8 – 1.5kg during this time, according to Nutrition Australia. Although this may not sound like much weight, researchers have shown that this weight gain over Christmas is often not lost. Nearly two-thirds of Australians are currently classified as overweight or obese. Along with unintentional weight gain, this can further increase an individual’s risk of heart disease, which is the single biggest killer of Australians.

Luckily, we have a heart disease detection device in our body – the cochlear (the organ for hearing).

Recent research indicates that hearing loss at the lower pitches of sound can be used as an ‘early marker’ for heart diseases because it is thought that our hearing is highly sensitive, and any abnormalities to the blood flow can affect its function. Therefore, it is important to take advantage of the body’s early indicators of hearing loss to assist with early detection, treatment and rehabilitation.

This highlights the importance of regular hearing checks, especially if you are already at risk of heart disease due to other risk factors such as: smoking, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, being inactive, being overweight, and having an unhealthy diet. Furthermore, the Australian Heart Foundation have highlighted that depression, social isolation and a lack of good quality support can also increase your risk of heart disease.

So, if you feel that this may apply to you, please contact our office for a comprehensive hearing assessment and discuss on how we can help you improve your hearing and overall quality of life.

If you are going to make a change this year, make it hearing. Stay Tuned Hearing – Mt Eliza.