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 (46, 47).
To read the entire study click here http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/100/5/1371.full
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.
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.
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.
In many cases, an exact cause of Tinnitus 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 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 ( below, red, blue, yellow) in your middle ear (otosclerosis) may affect your hearing and cause tinnitus. This condition, caused by abnormal bone growth, tends to run in families. Inner ear
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 temporo-mandibular 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.
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)
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.
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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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:
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.
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.
Earwax, known as Cerumen, is a yellowish waxy secretion in the ear canal of humans and other mammals. The skin of the outer part of the canal has special glands that produce earwax. It provides protection for the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection against bacteria, fungi, insects and water.
Some people are prone to produce too much earwax. Still, excess wax doesn’t automatically lead to blockage. In fact, the most common cause of earwax blockage is at-home removal. Using cotton swabs, bobby pins, or other objects in your ear canal can also push wax deeper, creating a blockage. If the wax is very soft and you gently rotate the Q tip when inserting it, you might be successful. But, if the wax is hard, you probably will just push it in deeper. Some Doctors use hydrogen peroxide to soften hard wax to make the removal easier.
You’re also more likely to have wax buildup if you frequently use earphones, which can inadvertently prevent earwax from coming out of the ear canals and cause blockages.
The appearance of earwax varies from light yellow to dark brown. Darker colors do not necessarily indicate that there is a blockage.
Signs of earwax buildup include:
- sudden or partial hearing loss, which is usually temporary
- tinnitus, which is a ringing, hissing or buzzing in the ear
- a feeling of fullness in the ear
- earache (can also be caused by a middle ear infection)
Un-removed (impacted) earwax buildup can lead to infection. Contact your doctor if you experience the symptoms of infection, such as:
- severe pain in your ear
- pain in your ear that does not go away
- drainage from your ear canal
- persistent hearing loss
- an unusual foul odor coming from your ear (not earwax oder)
It’s important to note that hearing loss, dizziness, and earaches also have many other causes. You should see your doctor if any of these symptoms are frequent. A full medical evaluation can help determine whether the problem is due to excess earwax or another health issue entirely.
Earwax in Children
Children, like adults, naturally produce earwax. While it may be tempting to remove the wax, doing so might damage your child’s ears.
If you suspect your child has earwax buildup or a blockage, it’s best to see a pediatrician. Your child’s doctor may also notice excess wax during regular ear exams and remove it as needed. Also, if you notice your child sticking their finger or other objects in their ear out of irritation, you might want to ask their doctor to check their ears for wax buildup.
Check with your healthcare professional before trying to use these products.
Earwax in Older Adults
Earwax can also be a problem in older adults. Some adults may let wax buildup go until it gets to the point where hearing is obstructed. In fact, most cases of conductive hearing loss in older adults is caused by earwax buildup. This makes sounds seem muffled. Hearing aid use can also contribute to a wax blockage. Cleaning the ear tip/ear mold daily can help to prevent the build-up.
Softening hard Earwax
To soften earwax, you can purchase over-the-counter drops made specifically for that purpose. You can use the following substances:
- mineral oil
- hydrogen peroxide
- carbamide peroxide
- baby oil
Another way to remove earwax buildup is by irrigating the ear. You should never attempt to irrigate your ear if you have an ear injury, a perforated ear drum, or have had a medical procedure done on your ear. Irrigation of a ruptured eardrum could cause hearing loss or infection.
Never use products that were made for irrigating your mouth or teeth. They produce more force than your eardrum can safely tolerate.
To properly irrigate your ear, follow the directions provided with an over-the-counter kit, or follow these steps:
- Stand or sit with your head in an upright position.
- Hold the outside of your ear and pull it gently upward.
- With a syringe, send a stream of body-temperature water into your ear. Water that is too cold or too warm can cause dizziness.
- Allow water to drain by tipping your head.
It might be necessary to do this several times. If you often deal with wax buildup, routine ear irrigation may help prevent the condition.
Most people don’t need frequent medical help for earwax removal. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic says that a once-a-year cleaning at your annual doctor’s appointment is usually enough to keep blockage at bay.
Warning About Ear Candles
Ear candles may be marketed as a treatment for earwax buildup and other conditions, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers that these products may not be safe.
This treatment is also known as ear coning or thermal auricular therapy. It involves inserting a lit tube of fabric coated in beeswax or paraffin into the ear. The theory is that the suction produced will pull wax out of the ear canal.
According to the FDA, the use of these candles can result in:
- burns to the ear and face
- punctured eardrums
- injuries from dripping wax
- fire hazards
This can be especially dangerous for young children who have trouble being still. The FDA has received reports of injuries and burns, some of which required outpatient surgery. The agency believes such incidents are probably underreported.
Check with your healthcare professional before trying to use these products.
In a few weeks the Super Bowl will be held. Derrick Coleman, fullback and his teammates, the Seattle Seahawks, won the title several years ago.
What makes this so noteworthy is Derrick has worn hearing aids since elementary school. Without them he hears very little.
He faced a lot of adversity growing up because of his hearing problems, but that just caused him to work harder on and off the football field.
Coaches love him because they say he pays closer attention to them than most other players and now he has a Super Bowl ring.
He was a former tailback at UCLA who transitioned to fullback at the NFL level, Coleman played in 36 games for the Seahawks after originally joining the the team as a practice-squad signing in December 2012. He played in 12 games for Seattle during the 2013 season, becoming an integral part of special teams units for Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII-winning squad.
Coleman drew national attention during the Seahawks’ rise to prominence. He released his autobiography, “No Excuses: Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams,” in June 2015.
Your goals may not be as lofty as winning a Super Bowl, but don’t let hearing loss hold you back no matter what your dreams are.