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Health and Lifestyle

Make Your Hearing A Priority in 2019

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Health and Lifestyle

Is Weight Connected To Hearing Loss?

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Make Your Hearing A Priority in 2019

It’s that time of year when many of us are committing to New Year’s resolutions. Improved fitness and a better diet are common resolutions. In line with this, we want to encourage you to make your hearing a priority in 2019. We’ve put together a simple guide on how you can make your hearing health a priority this year.

Book A Hearing Assessment

  • The first step towards improved hearing health is determining if your hearing has changed and evaluating your baseline hearing. A hearing assessment is quick and painless. We can talk you through every step including the results and treatment options.
  • Next, commit to regular hearing assessments so that any subtle changes don’t go unnoticed for long periods.
  • If you already have a Hearing Aid, why not help preserve it by letting us clean and maintain it throughout the year.

Protect your Hearing

  • Keep a set of earplugs with you. Don’t be afraid to use them in loud environments such as sporting events or when commuting. Use them at home when using noisy appliances, such as hairdryers.
  • To help prevent ear infections during the cold winter months, invest in a pair of ear-warmers or a hat that covers your ears.

Music and Well-being

  • Music helps your brain process sound, whether you listen or sing along. Just be mindful of the volume!
  • The relaxing and / or stimulating effects of music can also help to improve your general health and well-being.
  • Find something active you enjoy, perhaps Yoga? Exercise can encourage blood flow to the ears and calming exercises have fantastic physical and mental benefits.
  • A healthy diet can help improve your general health, but also has benefits for your hearing health too. Read more about the Types of Food that May Help Improve & Protect Your Hearing Health

Speak about Hearing Loss

Be open about your hearing loss. Seek out support groups and explain to friends and loved ones how they can communicate with you better. You may learn about assistive technology in public places that you previously didn’t know about, or learn valuable tips for helping to deal with your hearing loss.

Benefits Of Treating Hearing Loss

Staying on top of your hearing health is important. Not only does it allow you to detect hearing loss early on, but the science is increasingly showing that not treating hearing loss has far reaching repercussions. From mental health, to physical health, to social well-being, there are many benefits of treating hearing loss.

If you’re ready to make the first step to make your hearing a priority in 2019, book in your hearing assessment today. Call our experienced team on (864) 546-5708 or click here to Request An Appointment. “Hear’s” to better hearing in the new year!

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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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Is Weight Connected To Hearing Loss?

The holiday season brings with it many things: good food, friends and family, and social gatherings. For many of us, it can also bring about the unwanted side effect of an extra few pounds. There are a plethora of studies that document the impact of being overweight on the overall health of the body. We don’t often tend to associate being overweight and being at risk of hearing loss. So let’s explore this connection a bit further.

The Hair Cell

To understand how weight can affect your hearing, it’s important to first understand a tiny, yet extremely important part of your inner ear: the hair cell. These tiny, hair-like structures in your inner ear translate sound waves into electrical signals that your brain can understand. These signals are transmitted the auditory nerve. Your brain then interprets the signals as sound information.

In order for the hair cells to function properly, they require plenty of oxygen. This is carried to the cells through strong, rich blood flow. Poor circulation can restrict the oxygen that reaches your hair cells, reducing the opportunities for sound information to reach your brain. Hearing loss due to damaged or destroyed hair cells is permanent.

Blood Pressure & Your Hearing

The higher the concentration of fatty tissue in our body, the harder our heart has to bump to get blood where it needs to go. Although our hearts are working harder, blood doesn’t move through the body any easier. This can result in high blood pressure.

High blood pressure not only increases a person’s likelihood of a stroke, it also increases your risk of developing hearing loss. High blood pressure can also cause symptoms such as tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing sensation in your ears.

Diabetes And Prediabetes

Fatty tissue isn’t the only thing putting your hearing health at risk. High levels of blood glucose can also play a role. A 2008 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by Kathleen Bainbridge, PhD, found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes than those without the condition.

“Hearing loss might be another complication of poorly managed diabetes or perhaps diabetes of long duration, much like diabetic kidney disease or diabetic retinopathy,” she says. “Like the kidneys, the structure of the inner ear is highly vascularized, so hearing loss might be the result of changes to the small blood vessels of the inner ear,” Bainbridge noted.

Hearing loss is an often unconsidered side effect of obesity. However, more and more research is pointing to a link between the two. Losing weight can help to mitigate the risks posed to your hearing health. If you would like to find out more, why not book an appointment with our hearing care experts today? Call us today on 864-325-3584 or click here to request an appointment.

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Hearing Aids Can Keep Seniors Out of the ER

Hearing Loss is one of the most common conditions for those over 65. But is there a link between hearing aid use and how older people use the health care system?

A recent study by Elham Mahmoudi and her colleagues at the University Michigan (who have been personally impacted by hearing loss), has been looking into this.

Over a one year period, they looked at a group of 1,336 people between 65 and 85 who have a severe hearing loss. Of the study participants, only 45% of them were using a hearing aid.

These are the main findings…

  • Hearing aid users were less likely to have gone to an emergency room or spent time in the hospital within the past year.
  • If hospitalized, those with hearing aids typically stayed half a day less than those without hearing aids.
  • Hearing aid users were more likely to have gone to a doctor’s office in the past year.
  • They also tended to go more times per year.
  • Hearing aid users were less likely to have chronic illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Over the year, those with hearing aids had higher medical costs than those without. This was primarily due to to the expense of multiple appointments and the purchase of hearing aids or related accessories.

More research needs to be done to measure cost effectiveness, i.e. if hearing aids pay for themselves by enabling seniors to avoid the ER. The team are now looking at data covering a 5 year span. It is supposed that as office based visits are cheaper than hospital visits, those with hearing aids will ultimately end up saving in the long term.

How could hearing aids help your health and health costs?

  1. Hearing loss is associated with isolation and reduced communication. Hearing Aids improve this, and help provide renewed sense of confidence in their wearers. This can make individuals more likely to speak to someone about potential health issues sooner.
  2. Hearing aids can allow for a more active life. Helping to avoid common health conditions.
  3. Doctor visits are cheaper than hospital visits – so don’t put things off until they are so bad that you need emergency care.
  4. Having improved hearing keeps you safer in the workplace and in everyday situations. This can help wearers avoid accidents, such as trips and falls, thereby helping to reduce visits to the ER.

Hearing aids are often not currently covered by Medicare or insurance. Elham Mahmoudi hopes that the study, as well as the team’s ongoing research, will promote discussions on whether more insurance cover for hearing aids is needed.

The advice we would take from this study is to not delay if you have any symptoms of hearing loss. It really is in your best health and financial interest to start your better hearing journey today. We are “hear” to help guide you through the process. Call us today on 864-325-3584 or click here to request an appointment.

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