If you are suffering from hypertension, you should know that it can lead to more problems than you may have imagined. A study conducted by JJ hospital shows significant association between hypertension and the degree of hearing loss.
The study, which was published in the latest medical journal (Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery), was conducted in a year-and-a-half and concluded that if hypertension is controlled, it can help the person from further loss of hearing.
Dr Mohan Jagade, head of the ENT department at JJ hospital, said, “We studied the loss of hearing of a group of 150 middle-aged patients. It was found that a patient of hypertension had hearing loss. We categorised the patients with loss in three grades.”
The journal stated, “Hearing loss is a factor that irrespective of the degree of commitment affects the quality of life and may cause psychological effects like low self-esteem, isolation, depression and irritability.”
“Hypertension is a trigger for several kinds of diseases but hearing loss affects the quality of life and, therefore, it’s important to rectify it at the earliest,” said Jagade.
The patients in the age group of 45-64 years were selected randomly for the study.
Dr Jagade and his team found that the high blood pressure patients with loss were able to control it with the right medications.
Jagade added that with the study being able to prove that hypertension is an accelerating factor of degeneration of the hearing apparatus due to aging, it is important that cardiologists, nephrologists, otorhinolaryngologists, audiologists and other health professionals concerned with alterations caused by blood hypertension work in coordination to improve the quality of life of the patient.