FOX CITIES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Local Hearing Specialist Highlights Link Between Hearing and the Heart

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Feb. 11.

Dr. Brittany Uitenbroek of Fox Valley Hearing Center, is using American Heart Month as an opportunity to get the word out that there is a connection between your heart health and your hearing health.

“The different systems in the body are connected in surprising ways,” says Dr. Stephanie Long, another audiologist at Fox Valley Hearing Center who has been serving the area for more than 20 years. “Hair cells, which are tiny structures in your inner ear that are critical for hearing, depend on blood flow for nourishment. Cardiovascular issues can restrict the blood flow to your hair cells, damaging or destroying them and causing hearing loss. Simply put, a healthy heart promotes healthy hearing.”

Cardiovascular disease is a global epidemic, with 17.9 million deaths every year — that’s 31% of all deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The link between heart health and hearing health, however, means a hearing evaluation is a promising opportunity to catch cardiovascular problems in the early stages.

“It’s not a one-to-one relationship,” says Dr. UItenbroek. “Hearing loss doesn’t guarantee you have a heart problem. We’re raising awareness so that hopefully, when someone gets that diagnosis of hearing loss, they contact their primary care doctor to get their heart evaluated, too, just in case.”

About Fox Valley Hearing Center — We are a full-service audiology practice, has proudly helped the the Fox Valley community hear better for 30 years. With locations in Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, and Ripon, our AudigyCertified™ hearing care practice has helped thousands of patients with their hearing, tinnitus, and balance disorders, and offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and expert fitting of hearing technology. Learn more at

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