If you or someone you know suffers from hypertension (high blood pressure), you should know that it could lead to more problems than you may have imagined. A study published in February 2013 demonstrated a significant association between hypertension (high blood pressure) and hearing loss.
A total of 274 patients between the ages of 45 – 64 were studied, with the researchers finding a direct correlation between the presence of hypertension – also known as high blood pressure – and impaired hearing. On a positive note, the researcher’s found that by bringing a patient’s blood pressure under control an additional loss of hearing could be prevented.
Hearing loss prevents people from being able to communicate as effectively as they could before they had a hearing loss, which can lead to social isolation. In turn, this can increase the chance of developing depression and associated conditions. Dr. Mohan Jagade, head of the ENT department at JJ hospital, which conducted the study noted that,
“Hypertension is a trigger for several kinds of diseases but hearing loss affects the quality of life and, therefore, it’s important to rectify it at the earliest.”
Dr. Jagade added that with the study indicating that hypertension is an accelerating factor of degeneration of the hearing apparatus and it is important that health professionals concerned with changes caused by hypertension work in coordination to improve the quality of life of the patient.
If you or someone you know has high blood pressure that is not well controlled, recommend they read this article. Their ears will thank you.