People suffering from high blood pressure could also suffer from hearing loss as a result of their medical condition. However, if high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is controlled with the right medication, an additional loss of hearing can be prevented.
These were the findings of a one-and-a-half year study conducted on a randomly selected group of patients aged between 45 and 64 years at the JJ Hospital in Mumbai.
“We studied the loss of hearing in a group of 150 middle-aged patients. It was found that a patient with hypertension had hearing loss. We categorised the patients with loss in three grades,” said Dr Mohan Jagade, lead author of the study and head of the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department at JJ hospital.
Early prevention needed
The researcher further pointed out the urgent need for early intervention in patients who are possibly in danger of losing their hearing.
“Hypertension is a trigger for several kinds of diseases but hearing loss affects quality of life and, therefore, it's important to rectify it as early as possible” said Jagade.
Jagade also added that the results demonstrate how important it is that all health professionals concerned with changes caused by high blood pressure work together to improve the quality of life of the patient.