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family in snowAbout 40 million Americans –20% of the U.S. population – are currently living with some degree of hearing loss. The risk increases after the age of 65, which is an estimated one out of three people. 

Though age is a factor, noise-induced hearing loss among all ages is also a growing concern. When we subject our ears to loud sounds - like music, commuter travel, and construction noises- without using ear protection, hearing loss may occur.

It’s never too late to preserve your hearing, even if you already have some degree of hearing loss. The staff at Associates in Hearing HealthCare in New Jersey has compiled a list of ways you can limit hearing loss.

Hearing Ear ExamWellness is a hot buzzword in health care. References to wellness are commonplace, from television advertising to newsletters from health insurance providers, hospitals, and physicians.

We strive to live rich and fulfilling lives and recognize that good health is integral to achieving this goal. That’s why we strive to eat well, exercise routinely, and get our blood pressure, sugar, vision, and teeth checked on a regular basis.

However, few people think to have their hearing evaluated by an audiologist.

New Year New YouAs 2018 begins, and many individuals create their New Year’s resolutions, setting goals and bucket lists.  Among those resolutions are often items for better health – cut our sugar, quit smoking, train for a 5K.  Often, people will set goals of a more personal nature – have date nights with significant other more often, read new (or classic) books, go out with friends regularly. 

However, what if there was a way to merge the resolution to take care of your physical wellness, as well as your personal wellbeing?  By taking control of your hearing health, you can.  For those who are on the fence, or have never considered their hearing health, taking the steps to improve their hearing can do more than just that.

Healthy Meal blog sizeIf you’re looking for a few new recipes for your dinner tables, we’ve compiled a list of appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts that not only look delicious but have ingredients that are beneficial to your auditory (and overall) health.  

Appetizer – Stuffed Mushrooms

The combination of squash, kale, and pecans in these stuffed mushrooms add a great flavor profile but are also high in zinc and folic acid ingredients. 

 

AdobeStock 125733408All the holidays in December make it one of our favorite times of the year! Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice – there are so many important holidays. It is a time where we celebrate with our friends and families, a celebration of how fortunate we are. There are religious services, family meals, parties, plays, concerts, and informal and formal activities which are happily anticipated all year long.

Holidays and Hearing LossA well-balanced diet does more than just keep your muscles and bones healthy.  It also helps your ears!!  It’s true; your diet can improve, or worsen, your hearing quality.  While multi-vitamins are beneficial, the most effective way to gain the benefits of getting the necessary vitamins and minerals is directly from the source. Recent research from the Journal of Nutrition and the Journal of Otolaryngology have shown strong connections between diets rich in vitamin B12, vitamin A,  folic acid, Omega 3 protect the auditory system form free radicals.

2 couples playing cardsHow does your friend or loved one’s hearing loss affect you?

“Extremely frustrating and sad for her. She is more introverted, withdraws from conversations and does not interact appropriately in social situations”

“At times frustrating and at times irritating. TV is too loud. Need for constant repetition. Need to relay information to him often. Asks me to tell him what people said. I worry about his job and people thinking he does not care.”

“She is no longer engaged in family discussions because she does not hear well.”

 

ChocolateImprovesHealthandHearingOctober 28th is National Chocolate Day and we have good news for all you chocolate lovers out there. Research shows that chocolate consumption and the use of hearing aids have the possibility of warding off cognitive decline associated with aging.

As a chocolate lover, I find this to be very welcome news, even though I must admit I was suspicious at first. It turns out that a very reputable research group has shown a clear association between the habitual consumption of chocolate and better cognitive performance.

The same association has been found with the consistent use of hearing aids, even with mild hearing loss. The reasons why each of these occurs are not clear, but I am happy to accept the findings. Both studies have been published in well-respected peer reviewed journals and both show a clear positive increase in function.

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Researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit reported some interesting results in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. They found that a substance found in red grapes and red wine, Resveratrol, may act as a protection from hearing loss and cognitive decline.

Resveratrol is a very powerful chemical that seems to protect against the body’s inflammatory process as it relates to aging, cognition, and hearing loss.”

rechargeable easy convenient reassuringBatteries, batteries and more batteries! As wonderful as hearing aids are, they come with a constant need for batteries. Some hearing aid batteries need to be changed every 3-4 days while others can last up to 3 weeks.

Compared to a watch battery, this is a very short time period. But hearing aids are mini-computers on your head and need much more power than watches. Environmentally, rechargeable batteries are preferable, even though we do recycle all the discharged batteries returned to us.