You may want to take getting an annual hearing exam to heart.
Several studies have suggested there is a link between hearing loss and heart disease. More research is still needed to help determine what and why there is a link, but researchers have found there is a strong connection to those with low-frequency hearing loss and cardiovascular health.
“The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body,” Dr. David R. Friedland said in a written statement to the Better Hearing Institute. He has studied audiogram patterns and how they correlate to heart disease.
Hearing professionals have long known that hearing loss is often associated with other physical and mental health conditions. Hearing aid wearers often report that wearing hearing aids improve their overall quality of life.