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BHI Urges People with Heart Disease to Get Their Hearing Checked During American Heart Month
Date:1/17/2012

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- People with heart disease should get their hearing checked because of the link between cardiovascular and hearing health, according to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Likewise, anyone with hearing loss should pay close attention to their cardiovascular health. And to help people quickly assess if they need an objective hearing test by a hearing health professional, BHI is offering a free, quick, and confidential online hearing check—the Across America Hearing Check Challenge—at www.hearingcheck.org.

BHI is offering this online convenience in recognition of National Wear Red Day®, which will be observed on February 3, and American Heart Month in February.

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States," says Sergei Kochkin, PhD, BHI's Executive Director. "Yet, an alarming number of Americans don't recognize how serious the threat of heart disease is to them personally. Nor do they understand how closely intertwined it is with other health conditions, such as hearing health. We urge everyone to know their risks and to take action today to protect their heart—and hearing—health."

The Connection between Heart and Hearing Health

The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person's heart, arteries, and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.

Some researchers hypothesize that because the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow, abnormalities in the condition of blood vessels here could be noted earlier than in other
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