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A recent study published in the American Journal of Audiology found that problems with an individual’s cardiovascular system can also cause potential problems with one’s ability to hear.

“The same study found that a healthy cardiovascular system – a person’s heart, arteries and veins – can have a positive effect on hearing,” says Randall D. Smith, M.Ed., senior author of The Hearing Aid Decision and owner of Lakewood Hearing & Speech Center. “This should give us even more incentive to take steps to improve our heart and hearing health during February, National Heart Month.”

Mr. Smith advises starting any healthy heart plan with a check of your risk factors for heart disease including blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and blood sugar. By figuring out your personal risk for heart disease, you can determine with your doctor which healthy steps you should take toward a healthier heart. Smith recommends including a hearing check as part of your routine physical exams.

Stress reduction is another important part of protecting your heart because chronic tension can damage the cardiovascular system over time. Staying connected to friends and family is a great way to improve your mood and reduce stress. If you find you are avoiding social situations because you are missing out on parts of conversations or asking for too many repeats, talk to a hearing care professional about today’s advanced technology in hearing aids.

“Left untreated, hearing loss has been found to lead to withdrawal, depression and social isolation,” explains Smith, from his office near Denver. “Modern hearing aids, like the new Oticon Agil, do more than enhance your ability to hear conversation, even in noisy social situations. With Agil, you can connect wirelessly to cell phones so that you stay connected while you’re on the go.” Smith points out that there are options to allow you to enjoy high quality audio streaming from your television directly to your hearing instruments. Now you can enjoy your favorite shows with family and friends — without turning up the volume so loud that you drive others out of the room.

To increase awareness of the link between heart and heart health, Lakewood Hearing & Speech Center is participating in “At the Heart of It. . .We Put People First”, a national campaign sponsored by Oticon, Inc. During February and March, a portion of the proceeds from every Agil hearing device fitted will be donated by Oticon to the American Heart Association to support life-saving research.

For more information of hearing health and the new Oticon Agil hearing aids, contact Randall D. Smith at 303-988-7299

Hearing Health, Your Heart and Hearing Loss