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Types of Food that May Help Improve & Protect Your Hearing Health

A healthy diet can certainly improve our general health, but can the foods we regularly eat improve our hearing too? Evidence would suggest that the answer is yes!

A diet rich in minerals and vitamins, can both boost your health and have a positive impact on your hearing. Below we will detail what foods you can choose and what the benefits are.

Potassium

The fluid of the inner ear is essential to healthy hearing. Potassium regulates the fluid within our blood and body tissues. Keeping potassium levels maintained can help delay age related hearing loss. It’s found in bananas and much more, such as:

  • Citrus fruits, like melon, oranges, apricots
  • Avocado
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Legumes, including lima beans, black beans and white beans
  • Dairy products, including milk and yoghurt

Magnesium

This mineral could help protect you from noise related hearing loss by acting almost as a barrier for the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. A lack of magnesium has also been shown to shrink the blood vessels of the inner ear. Boost yours by eating:

  • Bananas
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach, Broccoli, Artichokes

Zinc

Zinc boosts the immune system and is involved in cell growth and healing processes. This means it can also help you fight off colds and ear infections. It may also help with Tinnitus symptoms. Zinc can interact with certain medications, so check with your physician how much is suitable for you.

Pick recipes including these increase your zinc levels…

  • Beef, Pork
  • Chicken – particularly the dark meat
  • Oysters
  • Cashews, almonds, peanuts
  • Split peas, beans, lentils, popped quinoa
  • Raisins, dried cranberries, coconut flakes
  • Dark chocolate
  • Oats

Folic Acid

Necessary for cell growth, low levels of folic acid have been linked to age related hearing loss. By getting enough of this in your diet you may be able to slow down hearing loss. Try to eat these foods each week…

  • Organ meats
  • Spinach, broccoli, asparagus

Omega 3 Fats and Vitamin D

Omega 3 fats are known to help brain function. Having enough in your diet will improve the vital  sending of signals between your brain and ears. A recent study also found this mineral can reduce the risk of age related hearing loss by over 40 per cent. It’s found in these foods…

  • Flaxseed oil, krill oil, soybean oil,
  • Salmon, sardines.

There are a few super foods in that list that have more than one mineral, such as spinach, bananas, potatoes, raisins and tomatoes so if you can find recipes with these in – you’re onto a winner!

We hope this blog has given you something to chew over and there are enough choices for you to be able to create some dishes that your ears will thank you for. Do speak to a physician before taking any supplements or drastically changing your diet. If you have any concerns regarding your current hearing health please call us on 864-325-3584 or click here to request an appointment.

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Ten signs of hearing loss you can’t afford to miss

If you had hearing loss, would you know it? Not necessarily. Hearing loss often starts subtly and symptoms can take decades to manifest themselves as it progresses slowly over time. The most common type of hearing loss, age-related hearing loss (presbycusis), can shift so gradually that you may not realize how much you are missing. In fact, as hearing worsens, you may subconsciously adjust everyday activities and social interactions to cope with hearing difficulties. In time, you might not notice how gradually hearing loss has diminished your ability to live your life to its fullest. Luckily, you can do things to improve this situation and re-engage with loved ones.

Knowing the signs of hearing loss is key to success

There are many signs of hearing loss. It starts with everyday annoyances. Some are blatant, others are subtle. If you or a loved one are showing these signs, we encourage you to make an appointment for a complimentary hearing assessment.*

  1. “People are mumbling” – This could indicate hearing loss.

    You may notice that certain words are difficult to understand. People, especially women and children, may seem to be talking too softly or not enunciating their words. Chances are you find yourself saying, “What did you say?” all the time. If this sounds like you, you may be experiencing hearing loss.

  2. Are restaurants too loud?

    Restaurants are among the hardest places to navigate for people with untreated hearing loss. Background noises, such as clinking dishes, people speaking loudly at other tables and loud music all make it exceptionally challenging to follow a conversation.

  3. Social gatherings aren’t fun anymore

    People talking passionately, music, laughter and other competing sounds can make it harder to take part in get-togethers with family and friends. Perhaps you find yourself “sitting out” of the fun or heading home early. There is good news. You don’t have to. The professionals at Come Hear Hearing Center can help you with ways to cope with hearing loss so you can enjoy the holidays with this simple guide to enjoying social events with hearing loss.

  4. Conversations take too much effort

    Are you exhausted at the end of the day, or a end of the meeting at work? The stress of straining to hear what others are saying can take its toll on your wellness.

  5. Telephone conversations are a struggle

    Telephone, and especially cell phone, transmission is not perfect. Most people can fill in the gaps. Hearing loss compounds the problem and you may struggle to take in the information. This may lead you to avoid phone calls and resort to texting.

  6. Hearing loss affects you and your loved ones

    Hearing loss can take an emotional toll on you and your loved ones. If one or more of these descriptions ring true to you, hearing loss may be the culprit.

  7. High volume is a sign of hearing loss

    Even if you think the volume is fine, if your family and friends complain that you turn up the volume too loud when you watch television or listen to music, you may be experiencing a well-known sign of hearing loss. Are you tired of the constant battle to enjoy TV with family or friends at a sound level that makes everyone happy? It might be worth it to check your hearing, if only to make your family happy.

  8. Are your ears ringing?

    Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is often the first sign of hearing loss. Tinnitus impacts people of all ages, and may be attributed to trauma, exposure to loud noise or illness. It might be a slight annoyance or make it difficult for you to concentrate, sleep, work and even maintain relationships. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 56% of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss.[i]

  9. You are out of balance – loss of balance is a sign of hearing loss

    Hearing loss may be a sign of an underlying condition that is also impairing your balance. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Universityii found that even a mild degree of hearing loss tripled the risk of an accidental fall.

  10. You are opting out of engaging with people

Is hearing loss putting you in solitary confinement? Have you noticed that you are embarrassed to meet new people? Perhaps you are afraid to join in because you may not understand what is being said. Perhaps you withdraw if it is easier to live without straining to hear people.

Other signs of hearing loss – You are not yourself

Have you felt depressed, distracted or unengaged? Hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression and other brain-related ailments, including stroke.

Take the first step to better hearing

Perhaps you’ve avoided getting treatment because you are afraid of the stigma that some people associate with hearing aids. That’s old-school thinking. Besides, today’s hearing aids are minicomputers that subtly fit your ears – and your lifestyle.

To get started, we encourage you to come in for a professional hearing assessment. Book an appointment to speak with a professional about addressing your hearing loss.*

ihttps://www.ata.org/understanding-facts/related-conditions. Accessed December 6, 2018.

iihttps://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_linked_to_three_fold_risk_of_falling. Accessed December 6, 2018.

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Holiday Gift Ideas For People With Hearing Loss or Hearing Aids

Finding the perfect gift can be tricky. If the person in mind has a hearing loss or wears a hearing aid, you may find yourself wondering what a suitable gift would be. Don’t worry, we’ve put together some ideas to get you started!

Consider the senses.

These gifts can be enjoyed by anyone. But for someone with a reduced sense of hearing, giving a gift that will stimulate one of the other senses could be a novel idea. Why not consider:

  • Scented candles.
  • A hamper filled with tempting goodies.
  • A voucher for a massage, reflexology or other treatment.
  • A sculpture or picture.
  • An adult coloring book and good quality pens.

Gifts to make their life a little easier.

Getting someone a gift that makes their life a little easier is always a good option, but even more so if they help someone with a hearing loss.

  • Accessories such as a hearing aid clip could be a thoughtful and inexpensive gift for someone active.
  • A dehumidifier is an inexpensive option, although not the most exciting gift. Exposure to humidity can shorten the lifespan of a hearing aid. A dehumidifier may therefore prolong the life of hearing aids, making them a great gadget to gift.
  • A vibrating alarm clock is an extra loud product that can connect wirelessly to your phone and vibrate your pillow or shake the bed. Philips offer another variation, with a clock that lights up naturally from sunrise.
  • Assistive listening devices are portable personal items that can help when out for a meal or at home watching tv. The most common kinds include Personal amplifiers, FM systems, induction loop systems or bluetooth friendly devices that can also connect to hearing aids.
  • Smart jewelry is fashionable but can also track your movements, measure your heart rate, record voice memos or prevent missed cell phone calls. Some products can either vibrate or light up when a call is incoming.
  • A captioned telephone will keep you connected and improve your conversations by translating speech into text.

We hope these ideas make it easier to spread some holiday cheer. Of course another gift worth considering is a hearing test with the offer of your support by accompanying your loved one. If you would like advice on how to approach this topic, we are happy to help. Give us a call on 864-325-3584 or click here to request an appointment.

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10 Tips for Staying Social this Holiday Season with Hearing Loss

As the invitations and preparations for the holiday season social activities begin, so might your worries about how to enjoy it all with your hearing loss. The holiday season involves a variety of social events in different environments, and each can pose their own hearing challenges. We’ve put together 10 tips to help you enjoy the social activities this holiday season to help you remain calm, involved and to have fun!

  1. Identify the challenges of any social event then plan how to resolve them. For example at a restaurant, ask ahead of time for a quiet table, and try to seat yourself in the center of the group.
  2. Use your hearing aids and adjust the settings to allow you to filter out background noise. Assistive devices or Bluetooth technology may also be helpful.
  3. Be open about your hearing loss. Speak to the host of any event and explain what would help, such as reducing the volume of any background music.
  4. Tell others how they can help, such as facing you when speaking. Read visual cues such as body language and gestures.
  5. Practice communication skills such as lip reading, getting the attention of whomever you wish to speak with by saying their name or gently tapping them. Only try talking with those closest to you.
  6. Ask friends to go out at less popular times when it is quieter, ask also to sit in well lit areas and far away from the kitchen or any speakers.
  7. Ask to buddy up with someone who understands your hearing loss.
  8. Take regular quiet breaks to relax your brain and ears, preventing overwhelm and fatigue especially if at a noisy venue like a party. If you wish to chat with someone ask them to come somewhere more quiet.
  9. If attending a performance, be sure to book seats with a good view or arrive early enough to be able to see well. Look for ‘Telecoil’ technology at venues such as movie theaters, churches etc.
  10. If watching a movie look for the closed captioning.

It is important to be open about your hearing needs. You should not have to miss out because of your hearing loss. If you wish to discuss any difficulties you experience socializing, you would like a check up or even help adjusting the settings on your hearing device, give us a call on 864-325-3584 or click here to request an appointment.

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