The Influence of Cardiovascular Health on Peripheral and Central Auditory Function in Adults: A Research Review
Raymond H. Hull and Stacy R. Kerschen
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Contact author: Raymond H. Hull, Wichita State University, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Wichita, KS 67260-0075. E-mail: email@example.com.
Purpose: This article provides a comparative review of research thathas been conducted over the past 60+ years on the influenceof cardiovascular health on the function of the peripheral andcentral auditory systems, and findings on the influence of improvementsin cardiovascular health on those same systems.
Method: Research spanning the past 6 decades reviewed for this articlehas both hypothesized and confirmed the cardiovascular system'seffects on the peripheral and central auditory systems. A reviewof the influence of the cardiovascular system is presented inthis article, and a potential new avenue for auditory rehabilitationis postulated. The review presented in this article does notrepresent all studies conducted in the topic area but does providean in-depth look into this fascinating area of research.
Conclusions: The negative influence of impaired cardiovascular health onboth the peripheral and central auditory system and the potentialpositive influence of improved cardiovascular health on thesesame systems have been found through a sizable body of researchthat has been conducted over more than 6 decades. The most significantpositive relationship between improved cardiovascular healthand improvements in those auditory systems has been found amongolder adults. If that relationship continues to be confirmed,then a potential new avenue for auditory rehabilitation on behalfof adults who possess impaired auditory function may be discovered.