If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, then you are among the 1.13 billion people worldwide living with hypertension. But are you keeping your blood pressure under control? One in five people don’t properly manage their high blood pressure, putting them at risk of hearing loss and tinnitus and other life-threatening conditions.
Both high and low blood pressure can cause changes to the viscosity of your blood. This is the measurement of how thick and sticky your blood is and controls how easily your blood flows through your blood vessels. When there is increased viscosity, often related to high blood pressure, less blood may flow through the capillaries which supplies your inner ear structures. As a result, less oxygen will reach this part of your ear. This can eventually lead to you developing problems with your hearing, and potentially experiencing hearing loss.
When your blood pressure is high, the blood in your body pushes through your arteries at a very fast rate. This can damage the artery wall lining resulting in fatty plaque building up. This damage and build-up of plaque affects your whole body – including your ears – and can lead to hearing loss. Put simply, the higher your blood pressure, the worse your hearing could become.
Tinnitus and high blood pressure
There are three main potential links between tinnitus and high blood pressure (ringing in the ear). They are:
Your doctor will have likely discussed with you the various ways in which you can reduce your high blood pressure. Addressing certain lifestyle factors, from managing your stress levels to what you eat are particularly important. But this can in turn also help reduce your tinnitus symptoms. Some simple ways you can reduce your blood pressure and risk of developing tinnitus include:
If you know you have high blood pressure, then it’s important you book a consultation with a licensed hearing care professional and tell them of your diagnosis. Likewise, if you have become aware that you are experiencing some hearing loss or symptoms of tinnitus, make sure you get your blood pressure checked as soon as possible.
Hearing loss and tinnitus can be life-changing and lead to a number of serious mental and physical health concerns. Keeping your blood pressure under control is not only important for reducing your risks of having a stroke or heart attack in the future, but it can also protect your hearing health, too.
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