Heart healthy advice – well worth repeating


The Hearing Center suggests, “if you find yourself asking people to repeat day-to-day conversation or find you are missing out in work or social situations, you may be surprised to learn that heart health can influence hearing health as well.”

Ken Klepinger, BC-HIS of The Hearing Center says a study published in the American Journal of Audiology found the negative influence of impaired cardiovascular health on both the peripheral and central auditory system has the potential to affect an individual’s capacity 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 Klepinger.“This gives us even more incentive to take steps to improve our heart and hearing health during February, National Heart Month.”

Any healthy heart plan begins with a check of risk factors for heart disease including blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and blood sugar. A hearing check should also be part of regular physical exams.

If it is suspected that hearing loss may be affecting day-to-day activities, Klepinger recommends a more thorough hearing evaluation. He reports that in a single office visit, he can typically evaluate hearing health and if there is a need, work with the patient to select and trial a hearing solution.

To increase awareness of the link between heart and hearing health, The Hearing 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 Intiga hearing device fitted by The Hearing Center will be donated to the American Heart Association to support life-saving research.

“Intiga is a small, discreet hearing instrument designed specifically for people who have never worn hearing aids,” he explains. “In clinical studies, Intiga has been shown to provide immediate benefits and motivate immediate acceptance.”

With the advanced technology packaged in its small, ergonomic design, Intiga improves speech understanding, even in noisy situations such as restaurants and professional or social gatherings. The fully automatic technology also means there are no buttons to adjust. Intiga hides easily behind the ear and is comfortable to wear throughout the day.

For added quality of life benefits, wireless connectivity allows Intiga to connect wirelessly to cell phones, becoming a virtual hands-free headset. With addition of the Oticon ConnectLine system, audio from televisions and landline phones can be streamed directly to the hearing instruments.

“For people new to amplification, the time has never been more right to consider taking the first steps toward better hearing,” Klepinger adds.

For more information of hearing health and the new Oticon Intiga and ConnectLine system, contact The Hearing Center at 1-800-770-2359 or online at hearingalaska.com. For more information on heart health, visit heart.org.


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