Heart disease is very common in the US. It is estimated that more than 15 million Americans are living with the condition which will affect their lives in various ways. There is a lot of focus on heart disease, its causes, treatments, and the ways in which people who have it can lead normal lives. This commitment to discovery means that we know there is a strong link between heart disease and hearing difficulties.

Your whole body is dependent on blood flow and has the capacity to be affected by heart issues. However, it is the very delicate and sensitive areas, like the inner ear, that are often most vulnerable when it comes to cardiovascular disease. A routine hearing test, such as the type we offer at Scottsdale Ears, Nose & Throat, can pick up these issues.

 

Why is it important to have a hearing test?

Booking a hearing test with Scottsdale Ears, Nose & Throat means that we can check if you need any hearing support that will help you to have a better listening experience. There are typically two types of patient we come across where we see the link between cardiovascular disease and hearing difficulties – those who are diagnosed and need to monitor their hearing health and those who are, as yet, undiagnosed.

If left unmonitored in patients that are already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, hearing issues can deteriorate due to restricted blood flow to the ear. Over time, this can become permanent and you may need to seek more extensive solutions to any hearing issues.

A regular hearing test can help detect early signs of cardiovascular disease if you are unaware of any current problems. This is one of the many reasons why you might monitor your hearing levels, even if you do not think there are any issues.

Regardless of where you are health-wise, the team at Scottsdale Ears, Nose & Throat can offer you advice on managing your hearing. We also work with excellent hearing equipment that is designed to integrate seamlessly into your life. This all works alongside your current medical support, to ensure that you have the highest possible quality of life. We keep on top of the developments in hearing health and its connections to other aspects of the body, so that we are always offering you advice that has a positive impact on your life.

 

Make an investment in your health

Investing your time into getting a hearing test with Scottsdale Ears, Nose & Throat could mean preserving your hearing for longer. Give your body the support it needs to manage the symptoms of your heart condition. Book an appointment with an Audiologist in Scottsdale to take the next step towards better hearing health.

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Dr. Debra L. Hamila, Au.D., CCC/A

Debra Hamila received her master’s degree in audiology from Cleveland State University and her Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences and has been a practicing audiologist for more than 33 years. She has worked in a variety of ENT offices, hospital, and clinical settings.
    You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

    Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

    It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

    Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

    This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

    As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

    However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

    By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

    When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

    The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

    “I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

    Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

    “I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

    Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

    “You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

    What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

    “My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

    Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.