In recognition of American Heart Month this past February, there are many things you can do to continue keeping your heart healthy. They include committing to daily physical activity; quitting smoking; maintaining a healthy diet in order to controlyour weight, blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure; and looking after your mental health.
However, there is one more thing you can do to stay healthy: Getting your hearing tested by a hearing healthcare professional and treating hearing loss with the use of hearingaids. Today’s hearing aids can help you hear better thanks to great advancements in technology. When you treat your hearing loss, you’ll improve your quality of life, enhance your communications, and improve your relationships, and on top of all those benefits, you may also improve your overall health.
Some lifestyle factors affect both hearing and cardiovascular health
Interestingly, some of the lifestyle behaviors that affect the heart are also connected to hearing health. A higher level of physical activity, for example, is associated with both a lower risk of heart disease as well as a reduced risk of developing hearing loss. Smoking, too, negatively affects both hearing and the heart. Even omega-3 fatty acids lower the risks of hearing loss and heart disease.
Research is ongoing into the interconnectedness between hearing health and cardiovascular health and these lifestyle behaviors.
Improving your quality of life with hearing aids
Hearing loss affects your daily life in myriad ways. It can negatively affect your relationships, your earning potential, your mental health, and more. These added stressors aren’t good for the heart.
By treating your hearing loss and subsequently improving your quality of life, you can stay healthier, which is good for the heart.
Today’s hearing aids are better than ever
Many people avoid treating hearing loss for a variety of reasons. Often, they don’t want to wear hearing aids and have their hearing difficulties on display. However, today’s hearing aids are smaller, sleeker, and more discreet than ever before. There are styles and options for everyone.
There’s no reason to avoid treating unaddressed hearing loss. But there is harm in waiting. For your overall quality of life, request an appointment with a doctoral-level audiologist at Associated Audiologists to get your hearing tested and get on the path to a healthier you.