February is Heart Month!

February is known for Valentine’s Day, and as such, it has also become a month for awareness of heart health. Did you know that studies have shown cardiovascular damage is linked to hearing loss? Researchers indicate that a lack of blood flow throughout the body can have a detrimental impact on our ears, as the small size of the inner ear system is affected by any change in blood flow. When the inner ear has a reduction in blood, the nerves cells have a greater chance of dying off, in turn, causing hearing loss.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States indicate a number of factors that affect your cardiovascular health including:

  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes and
  • Lack of activity

Take some time during Heart Month to assess your well-being. Talk to your doctor about your heart health and talk to Living Sounds about your hearing health by calling 780-488-8100.

Carlee Johnson, BC-HIS
Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner
Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences