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Diplomats’ Hearing Loss caused in Cuba investigated

WASHINGTON — A senior federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday that several U.S agencies are investigating allegations that Cuban officials directed some kind of ultrasound energy at American diplomats in the Havana embassy that left several with damaged hearing.

The official said the State Department’s office of Diplomatic Security is leading the investigation. The FBI has one person in Havana, a legal attaché with the American embassy, who can help. The FBI may be asked to provide technical assistance in the probe.

 ‘Acoustic attack’ in US embassy in Cuba blamed for diplomats’ hearing loss 2:31

One State Department official confirmed reports that the “incidents” involved symptoms of hearing loss. And a Cuban government official told NBC News that the Americans had complained of an acoustic “incident.”

The State Department has also left open the possibility of a third country being involved. Iran, North Korea and Russia all have a significant diplomatic presence in Cuba.

“We don’t have any definitive answers about the source or the cause of what we consider to be incidents,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Wednesday.

She said that there are a “variety of physical symptoms in these American citizens who work for the U.S. government. We take those incidents very seriously, and there is an investigation currently under way.”

Cuban officials have denied directing any actions against the diplomats and have launched their own investigation.

“Cuba has never, nor would it ever, allow that the Cuban territory be used for any action against accredited diplomatic agents or their families,” the Cuban foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday. “It reiterates its willingness to cooperate in the clarification of this situation.”

Also on Thursday, Canadian officials said one of their diplomats in Cuba was treated for hearing loss. The Canadian government is “aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and U.S. diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana. The government is actively working — including with US and Cuban authorities – to ascertain the cause,” a spokesperson told the Associated Press.

The U.S. first learned of the health issues toward the end of 2016, more than a year after the U.S. reopened its embassy in Havana.

Nauert said the Americans working in Cuba had returned stateside for “medical reasons.”

Image: An exterior view of the U.S. Embassy is seen in Havana, Cuba
An exterior view of the U.S. Embassy is seen in Havana, Cuba, June 19, 2017. Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters file

Two Cuban officials in Washington were asked to leave the U.S. in May as a result of the incidents.

The development threatens to set back relations between the two countries, but the U.S. embassy in Havana remains open.

The Cuban government has a responsibility and an obligation under the Geneva Convention to protect our diplomats,” Nauert said. “That is part of the reason why this is such a major concern of ours, why we take this so seriously…in addition to the protection and security of Americans.”

“What this requires is providing medical examinations to these people,” Nauert said. “Initially, when they’d started reporting what I will just call symptoms, it took time to figure out what it was, and this is still ongoing. So we’re monitoring it.”

A U.S. government official said several colleagues at the U.S. embassy in Havana were evacuated back to the United States for hearing problems and other symptoms over the past six months. Some subsequently got hearing aids, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Washington, D.C. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said the alleged incidents violated international norms: “The Cuban government has been harassing U.S. personnel working in Havana for decades. This has not stopped with President Obama’s appeasement. Personal harm to U.S. officials shows the extent the Castro regime will go and clearly violates international norms.”

Washington and Havana re-established diplomatic relations in 2015 after more than five decades of hostilities, re-opening embassies in each other’s capitals and establishing a new chapter of engagement between the former Cold War foes.

President Donald Trump rolled back part of his predecessor Barack Obama’s policy toward Cuba, but has left in place many of the changes, including the re-opened U.S. Embassy in Havana.

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Extend hearing aid battery life, tip

There was a recent discovery to make hearing aid batteries last 85% longer.

And who made this discovery?

Would you believe it was a 14-year-old boy.

His name is Ethan Manuell of Rochester, Minnesota, He learned that batteries can last up to 85 percent longer when left exposed to oxygen, after removing the adhesive tab, before being inserted into the hearing aid itself.

Zinc Air hearing aid batteries have a tab or sticker attached to the back of them.

Ethan learned that the best way to improve battery life is to remove the tab from the back of the battery , then wait five minutes before inserting the battery into the hearing aid.

This will allow ample time to air-charge the battery to receive essential oxygen.

So, next time you need to change your batteries, try his trick so you can get more life out of them.

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Decrease hearing loss risk, EAT MORE FISH

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a strong connection between eating two or more servings of some fish per week and a decreased risk of hearing loss.

Researchers analyzed almost two decades’ of data from 65,215 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. In the study, women self-reported on their diet, as well as about hearing loss, among many other things.

In this prospective study among 65,215 US women, we observed a lower risk of hearing loss among women who consumed 2 or more servings of fish per week. Consumption of any specific type of fish (tuna, dark-meat fish, light-meat fish, or shellfish) tended to be associated with lower risk. In addition, higher intake of long-chain omega-3 (fatty acids) PUFAs was inversely associated with risk. These findings suggest that diet may be important in the pathogenesis of preventing or reducing hearing loss.

Evidence suggests regular fish consumption (1–2 servings per week) may protect against several diseases, such as coronary artery disease (40), sudden cardiac death (41), ischemic stroke (21), atrial fibrillation (42), cognitive decline (43), and dementia (44). The proposed benefits of fish intake may be attributable in large part to the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that fish provide. Finfish and shellfish are the chief dietary sources of the major long-chain omega-3 PUFAs, EPA (20:5n−3) and DHA (22:6n−3), often referred to as “marine” fatty acids. Intake is particularly essential for DHA, because it cannot be synthesized appreciably after infancy (45). DHA appears to be important during auditory neuro-development, and higher dietary intake of DHA in breast milk or supplemented formula during early infancy is associated with accelerated maturation of auditory brainstem response latencies (4647).

To read  the entire study click here  http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/100/5/1371.full

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What are binaural hearing aids?

Binaural hearing aids is the professional way of saying, “Two EAR hearing aids”.

​If you have bilateral hearing loss (loss of hearing in both ears), wearing two hearing aids is very important and the best solution.

Here are a few reasons why this is:

1) Better understanding of speech: Research shows that people who wear two hearing aids understand conversations and speech significantly better than those who wear just one, especially in noisy situations.

2) Better ability to tell where sound is coming from: This is called localization, and it helps you determine where traffic sound is coming from or where your grandchildren are playing.

3) Better sound quality: When you listen to a stereo system you get great sound. Wearing two hearing aids gives you similar results and increases your hearing direction  from 180 degrees to 360 degrees.

4) Makes hearing less of a strain and tiring and listening more pleasant: You won’t have to strain to hear with your ‘good’ ear, making life much more relaxing. There have been studies that show not correcting hearing deficiency can contribute to Alzheimer’s.

​​​​​​​5) Keeps both ears active which can help reduce further hearing loss, (or loss of understanding): Research shows that if you don’t use your hearing, you lose it, or effective function. By only wearing one hearing aid, you can cause further damage to the other ear, or loss of discrimination. The use of two hearing aids helps eliminate these problems in focus for greater clarity.

So, if you have hearing loss in both ears, but you’re trying to get by with just one hearing aid (or, none at all), you’re doing yourself a disservice.

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Will a hearing aid help or hurt my hearing loss?

Will a hearing aid help my hearing loss?

Most people with hearing loss can be successfully treated with hearing aids. Medical treatments and surgical procedures are helpful for only five percent of adults with hearing loss.

Hearing aids cannot cure hearing loss, but they CAN help you hear better again, may reduce further hearing loss and loss of understanding.

Hearing is a complex process that begins as sound waves with the ears and ends up in the brain where information is received, stored as memory and “decoded” into something that we understand as sound.

When you add hearing aids to boost hearing, the brain suddenly registers long-forgotten sounds. Adapting to hearing aid amplification requires time, training and patience. You are essentially retraining your brain to interpret and recognize sounds, focus on some and filter others out – just as you did previously when your hearing was normal.

Hearing aids can improve your ability to hear and communicate with the world around you, but they cannot “cure” your hearing loss – just as glasses do not “cure” your nearsightedness or farsightedness. With continued use they can help prevent the active loss of the memory of speech sounds, called REGRESSION. Just as you might forget a second language if you don’t use it, so also you will forget the sounds of speech that you can no longer hear, unless your hearing aids allow you to hear and understand them.

Hearing aids are tools to help you manage your hearing loss problem, and while they can contribute significantly to an improved quality of life, they are not perfect. Even with successfully fitted hearing aids, you might still have some difficulties hearing well in some situations. With patience you will find ways to adapt to your new hearing aids, including watching people more closely as they talk and keeping background noise to a minimum when possible.

The key to success is to consistently use your hearing aids, read aloud to refresh your hearing memory of the speech sounds that you have been missing, stay as close as practical to what you want to focus on, keep your ears and hearing aids clean and be patient as you relearn to interpret the sounds that you are once again hearing.

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Extended Wear Hearing Aids

Extended Wear Hearing Aids

Extended Wear Hearing aids are very small hearing aids that are non-surgically placed in the ear canal by an audiologist/ specialist. They are worn up to several months at a time without removal. The devices are made with a flexible plastic material designed to fit the curves of the ear canal. They are worn continuously and then discarded and replaced with a new device. They are very useful for active wealthy individuals because their sealed design protects against moisture and earwax, and they can be worn while exercising, showering, etc. They are worn CIC, Completely In The Canal. They are not re-usable. The battery is sealed within the housing and is not replaceable. Most in the ear hearing aids that are sold are removable and have removable batteries.

The majority of hearing aids sold today are the behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. and are the most commonly recommended aid for infants and young children  and many adults now wear the open fit style of BTE. Some people still choose to wear all-in-the-ear hearing aids, though the battery life is the shortest (due to the small size) and they are not as powerful as the BTE hearing aids. The are normally made from an ear impression and custom made inside a small shell. The CIC do not have volume controls, directional microphones or other controls, because of their small size.

There are also special hearing aids built to handle very specific types of hearing loss. For example, a bone conduction hearing aid uses a headband and a bone vibrator for individuals who have no ear canal or outer ear. These devices bypass the outer and middle ear and directly stimulate the cochlea (inner ear). A relatively new innovation is the osseo-integrated hearing aid (bone anchored), which is surgically implanted in the skull. This device has three parts: a titanium implant, an external abutment, and a detachable sound processor.

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Health conditions, drugs that cause or worsen tinnitus.

Tinnitis is a ringing, roaring, buzzing or similar unreal sound in the real world, but is heard as an actual sound in a persons ear.

In many cases, an exact cause of Tinnitis is never found.  A common cause of tinnitus is inner ear cell damage. Tiny, delicate hair cells (Cilia) in your inner ear move in a fluid, in relation to the pressure changes of sound waves. This triggers ear cells to release an electrical signal through a nerve from your inner ear (auditory nerve) to your brain. Your brain interprets these signals as sound. If the hair cells inside your inner ear are bent, damaged or broken, they can send random electrical impulses to your brain, causing tinnitus.

Other causes of tinnitus include other ear problems, chronic health conditions, drugs and injuries or conditions that affect the nerves in your ear or the hearing center in your brain.

 Common causes of tinnitus

In many people, tinnitus is caused by one of these conditions:  Age-related hearing loss. For many people, hearing worsens with age, usually starting around age 60. Hearing loss can cause tinnitus. The medical term for this type of hearing loss is presbycusis. Exposure to loud noise. Loud noises, such as those from heavy equipment, chain saws and firearms, are common sources of noise-related hearing loss. Portable music devices, such as MP3 players or iPods, also can cause noise-related hearing loss if played loudly for long periods. Tinnitus caused by short-term exposure, such as attending a loud concert, usually goes away; long-term exposure to loud sound can cause permanent damage.

Earwax blockage.

Earwax protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria. When too much earwax accumulates, it becomes too hard to wash away naturally, causing hearing loss or irritation of the eardrum, which can lead to tinnitus.

Ear bone changes.

Stiffening of the 3 tiny bones in your middle ear (otosclerosis) may affect your hearing and cause tinnitus. This condition, caused by abnormal bone growth, tends to run in families.

Other causes of tinnitus

Some causes of tinnitus are less common, including:  Meniere’s disease. Tinnitus can be an early indicator of Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder that may be caused by abnormal inner ear fluid pressure. TMJ disorders. Problems with the temporomandibular joint, the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull, can cause tinnitus.

Head injuries or neck injuries.

Head or neck injury (trauma) can affect the inner ear, hearing nerves or brain function linked to hearing. Such injuries generally cause tinnitus in only one ear, on the side that was damaged.

Acoustic Neuroma.

This noncancerous (benign) tumor develops on the cranial nerve that runs from your brain to your inner ear and controls balance and hearing. Also called vestibular schwannoma, this condition generally causes tinnitus in only one ear.

Blood vessel disorders linked to tinnitus

In rare cases, tinnitus is caused by a blood vessel disorder. This type of tinnitus is called pulsatile tinnitus. Causes include:  Atherosclerosis. With age and buildup of cholesterol and other deposits, major blood vessels close to your middle and inner ear lose some of their elasticity — the ability to flex or expand slightly with each heartbeat. That causes blood flow to become more forceful, making it easier for your ear to detect the beats. You can generally hear this type of tinnitus in both ears.

Head and neck tumors.

A tumor that presses on blood vessels in your head or neck (vascular neoplasm) can cause tinnitus and other symptoms. High blood pressure. Hypertension and factors that increase blood pressure, such as stress, alcohol and caffeine, can make tinnitus more noticeable.

Turbulent blood flow.

Narrowing or kinking in a neck artery (carotid artery) or vein in your neck (jugular vein) can cause turbulent, irregular blood flow, leading to tinnitus.

Malformation of capillaries.

A condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), abnormal connections between arteries and veins, can result in tinnitus. This type of tinnitus generally occurs in only one ear.

Medications that can cause tinnitus

A number of medications may cause or worsen tinnitus. Generally, the higher the dose of these medications, the worse tinnitus becomes. Often the unwanted noise disappears when you stop using these drugs. Medications known to cause or worsen tinnitus include:  Antibiotics, including polymyxin B, erythromycin, vancomycin and neomycin Cancer medications, including mechlorethamine and vincristine Water pills (diuretics), such as bumetanide, ethacrynic acid or furosemide Quinine medications used for malaria or other health conditions Certain antidepressants may worsen tinnitus Aspirin taken in uncommonly high doses (usually 12 or more a day) Risk factors

 Anyone can experience tinnitus, but these factors may increase your risk:  Loud noise exposure. Prolonged exposure to loud noise can damage the tiny sensory hair cells in your inner ear that transmit sound to your brain. People who work in noisy environments — such as factory and construction workers, musicians, and soldiers — are particularly at risk. Age. As you age, the number of functioning nerve fibers in your ears declines, possibly causing hearing problems often associated with tinnitus.

Gender.

Men are more likely to experience tinnitus. Smoking. Smokers have a higher risk of developing tinnitus. Cardiovascular problems. Conditions that affect your blood flow, such as high blood pressure or narrowed arteries (atherosclerosis), can increase your risk of Tinnitis. With so many possible causes, it may be difficult to pin-point your  cause. Review the likely causes and remove those causes , if possible and see if the noise is reduced or is eliminated.

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Testimonial Ear Mold Kit

Testimonial we just received:

“Just received my new HCPB  EARMOLD KIT today and am amazed at how clear the sound is compared to my old ones. They are also extremely comfortable to wear. I followed your clear printed instructions and modified them until they sounded perfect.

I don’t have that horrible plugged up feeling and sore ears like I used to with my old hard pair. Where I had to take them out and only wear them if I really had to. Now I will wear them all the time. They are almost invisible in my ears and being flexible is a real bonus.

I’m so glad to have discovered your website to be able to purchase high quality hearing aid custom EARMOLDS, at such an amazing low price. And it only took about 20 minutes to complete both earmolds and be satisfied. To think that I don’t have to make an appointment to have an adjustment on the molds is great. I can now do it myself. My previous lab earmolds took 2 weeks after the ear impressions were taken. And I had to go back several days later for an adjustment to relieve soreness in my ears, which were never really satisfactory.

I would recommend HCPB to anybody that has hearing loss and are looking for affordable, high quality hearing aid CUSTOM EARMOLDS.

I for one will never get hearing aid molds through a hearing medical provider ever again.

Thank you HCPB.​”

– Richard H., New Jersey

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Famous hearing aid users

There are millions of people around the world who have difficulty hearing, and many wear hearing aids.

Among those with hearing aids are a number of very famous people, including:

Steve Martin    

Pete Townshend

Dan Rather

Jodie Foster

Bill Clinton

Whoopi Goldberg

Phil Collins

Dolly Parton

Michael Bloomberg

Mariel Hemingway

Debbie Harry

and Sting

If you’re experiencing hearing loss, you are not alone. Millions of people at all ages wear them, including the author of this web site.

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New science”optogenetics”

New hearing aid science”optogenetics”

See the latest news out of theUniversity Medical Center Göttingen in Germany. There, researchers have found a way to supercharge cochlear implants – cutting-edge hearing aids – by converging gene therapy and tiny light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Researchers are calling this relatively new science”optogenetics” – the use of light and lasers in genetics.

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