Danny W. Gnewikow, PhD, FAAA
Audiologist, CCC
Founder & Chief Audiologist

 

Danville, VA
  (434) 799-6288

Lynchburg, VA
  (434) 528-4245

Educational Videos & Blog

Love Your Heart, Test Your Hearing

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Your heart and hearing may have more in common than you realize. A person’s hearing health and cardiovascular health frequently correspond. A healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee says, “The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.” 4 heart-healthy reasons to get a hearing test: 1. Research points to heart-hearing health link. 2. The ear may be a window to the heart. 3. The same lifestyle behaviors that affect the heart impact hearing. 4. Addressing hearing loss improves quality of life, helps reduce stress.

Please vote us as “Best Hearing Aid Services” in the Danville region!

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Patients and friends of Audiology Hearing Aid Associates in Danville, the Danville Register & Bee is again offering their annual Readers’ Choice Best of the Danville Area award. You can cast your vote online at www.GoDanRiver.com. We would appreciate your support by completing a ballot on our behalf. Please vote us as “Best Hearing Aid Services” in category B53 using the name “Audiology Hearing Aid Associates.” Paper ballots must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on January 12, 2015. Online voting ends February 2nd. All ballots will be included in a random drawing for a $200 cash prize. The winner will be announced in The Readers’ Choice Awards section, published on March 15, 2015. Thank you for your continued support!

Raising the Red Flag on the Heart-Hearing Connection

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Gen Xers and baby boomers should no longer ignore their hearing loss because of the link between cardiovascular and hearing health. A growing body of research shows that a person’s hearing health and cardiovascular health frequently correspond. Charles E. Bishop, AuD, Assistant Professor in the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences—finds the evidence showing a link between cardiovascular and hearing health so compelling that they say “the ear may be a window to the heart.” “Hearing health should not be assessed in a vacuum,” says Bishop. Why the Heart-Hearing Connection? Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, has been studying the relationship between cardiovascular and hearing health for years. He offers up this response: “The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.” In one study, published in The Laryngoscope, Dr. Friedland and fellow researchers found that audiogram patterns correlate strongly with cerebrovascular and peripheral arterial disease and may represent a screening test for those at risk. They even concluded that patients with low-frequency hearing loss should be regarded as at risk for cardiovascular events, and appropriate referrals should be considered.
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