Why You Should Think About Your Hearing on World Heart Day

September 29 is World Heart Day. Started by the World Heart Federation, it serves as the largest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease. This global event encourages us to take charge of our heart health and support our loved ones’ attempts to make heart-healthy decisions. This year’s theme is “Power Your Life” and suggests taking simple steps like eating healthier, reducing alcohol consumption, and smoking cessation in order to “fuel our hearts and power our lives.”

Most of us understand why taking care of our heart is important, but far fewer realize that hearing ability is an often-ignored barometer of heart health. The following are just a few reasons why medical professionals believe hearing loss and cardiovascular issues overlap:

While studies into all the links between heart health and hearing ability are ongoing, clearly there is enough evidence that they are interrelated to merit serious consideration. So, if you find your hearing isn’t what it used to be, we encourage you to ask your primary care physician to assess your overall cardiovascular health. And by the same logic, if you have already been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, arrange a visit to a hearing care professional to have your hearing tested and treated.