Hearing Loss

Cardiovascular disease can lead to hearing loss, study finds

June 27, 2018 - 3:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There is no doubt that hearing loss can be associated with brief exposure to extremely loud noise or consistent exposure to loud noise in the damaging range. That is why ear plugs are now worn by many musicians and others who work in high noise environments. 

According to a new study in the Journal Jama Otolaryngology, if you suffer from cardiovascular disease or risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease it can lead to hearing loss. 

Furthermore, the more risk factors you have, the greater the potential for damage. 

Risk factors for heart disease that were followed included smoking, lack of exercise, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. 

The thought is damage to small blood vessels might play a role.