Cardiovascular disease, also called heart disease, includes any disease that affects the structure and functions of the heart (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 2019). Most common examples of heart disease include heart attack, stroke, arrythmia and heart valve problems.
Research has discovered a link between cardiovascular disease and hearing loss. The inner ear contains many blood vessels and is therefore, especially sensitive to blood flow and any issues in the cardiovascular system. A hearing evaluation may identify cardiovascular disease before you notice any symptoms of heart disease. As with diabetes, it is therefore especially important for patients with risk-factors for cardiovascular disease to have their hearing checked regularly.