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5 Diets to Boost Your Hearing Health

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 1:24:08 PM Asia/Calcutta

Do you know that following a balanced and healthy diet chart might boost your hearing health? For example, minerals can play a vital role in promoting not only good hearing, but also improves your overall health and your immune system. So why go for a hearing loss treatment when you can actually prevent and preserve your hearing naturally!

Let us take a look at the list of important diets which are responsible for preventing hearing loss, and hence keeping the complicated issues and a hearing loss treatment at bay -

1. Potassium

Since potassium is responsible for regulating the amount of fluids in your body, it therefore, regulates the fluid in your inner ear. This is very important because as we start ageing, the potassium levels tend to drop naturally, which might lead to hearing loss or presbycusis (hearing loss due to ageing). Because inner ear is the most essential part of our ear as it transmits the sound signals - after converting them into electrical impulses - into the auditory nerve, which then transfers these signals to our brain. It is the brain which actually recognises the sounds and only then do we ‘hear’! Hence potassium is a vital component to be included in your diet, and never think of a hearing loss treatment!

Some potassium-rich diets include -

  • Potatoes

  • Spinach

  • Tomatoes

  • Lima beans

  • Apricots

  • Raisins

  • Bananas

  • Oranges

  • Melons

  • Low-fat Milk

  • Yoghurt

You can probably include these diets in your salads while you are on an outing, such as picnics!

2. Folic Acid

Do you know that folic acid is an essential element which aggravates your body’s ability to generate the growth of new cells? Not only that, folic acid also helps to maintain and regulate your body’s circulation system. And how does it help in preventing hearing loss? As folic acid is responsible for a good body circulation. It therefore helps in keeping the hair cells and the inner ear healthy and in good working condition. Studies show that taking folic acid rich foods and even supplements can reduce hearing loss to a great extent - and it also prevents presbycusis - which is most likely to occur in case of low folic acid levels in the body.

Diets rich in folic acid are -

  • Organ meats

  • Fortified breakfast cereal

  • Bananas

  • Potatoes

  • Broccoli

  • Spinach

  • Asparagus

3. Magnesium

According to research studies, people who included magnesium along with Vitamins A, C and E in their diets, were more protected while being exposed to loud decibels of noises. It is because, while you are exposed to loud sounds, the magnesium acts as a protective shield to the hair cells in the inner ear. Lack of magnesium levels lead to the narrowing of blood vessels in the inner ear, thus causing oxygen deprivation! So instead of neglecting your hearing health and being obliged to go for a hearing loss treatment later on, choose the healthy option of following the following magnesium-rich foods -

    • Bananas

    • Artichokes

    • Spinach

    • Potatoes

    • Tomatoes

    • Broccoli

4. Zinc

Zinc is responsible for cell growth increase and also to heal wounds. Another health benefit of zinc is that it promotes and improves the body’s immune system which in turn fight against infection-causing germs which might cause common cold and are therefore, harmful for the ear, and might cause hearing loss. According to some studies, zinc can not only prove to be an effective hearing loss treatment, but it also helps in treating tinnitus problems (ringing in the ears) which are often found among individuals with normal hearing. However, certain supplements might contain antibiotics and diuretics which might interact with zinc, so always consult your physician, and especially your Audiologist before consuming them.

Certain diets which include zinc as one of their key elements are -

  • Dark-meat chicken

  • Pork

  • Beef

  • Almonds

  • Cashews

  • Peanuts

  • Dark chocolate

  • Split peas

  • Beans

  • Oysters

  • Lentils

5. Omega 3 Fats & Vitamin D

Studies show that an increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids have reduced hearing loss to a great extent, especially in the ageing population. Also, these fatty acids are not only efficient in managing and controlling hearing loss problems, but these are also known to reduce and treat tinnitus problems as well.

Foods rich in omega 3 fats are -

  • Fish and fish oils

  • Krill oil

  • Flaxseed oil

  • Salmon

  • Soybean oil

  • Sardines

  • Walnuts

  • Canola Oil

  • Flaxseeds

  • Chia Seeds

  • Mackerel

On the other hand, a deficiency of Vitamin D might cause cochlear deafness, as due to demineralisation, there is a damage in the cochlea of the inner ear, which contains hair cells - the vital elements responsible for hearing.

Vitamin D rich foods include -

  • Fatty fish, like -

    • Tuna

    • Salmon

    • Mackerel

  • Egg yolks

  • Beef liver

  • Cheese

  • Dairy products

  • Orange juice

  • Cereals

  • Soy milk

In a nutshell, when you have so many healthy and yummy foods to choose from, so why neglect with having a hearing loss treatment as the only option! When you can boost up your hearing health naturally, why wait until situations grow adverse?

So eat healthy for a healthy hearing!

Comments | Posted in Hearing loss treatment India By Phalguni Bannerjee

Hearing Loss and Diabetes

Friday, July 20, 2018 5:51:10 PM Asia/Calcutta

Hearing loss is a common issue nowadays, especially if you are in your late 40s. But situations are aggravated if you are a patient of diabetes. Because recent studies have found a good association of diabetes with the development of various hearing problems. According to a study made by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in June 2008, and which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a strong and persistent association of impaired hearing with diabetes has been found.

 

Incidence and Prevalence

The most common problems that come along with diabetes is hearing loss. Diabetes and hearing loss are the two most widespread health concerns in America. About 30 million US inhabitants are suffering from diabetes, and about 34.5 million people is suffering from some type of hearing impairment. Therefore, you must be concerned, and an early treatment of hearing loss becomes extremely necessary.

According to a study made in 2008, using the results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a higher prevalence of about 21% of hearing damage is found among the diabetic patients, and about 9% is found among the non-diabetic patients. Also, it is analysed that this relation between diabetes and hearing loss has been the strongest in the younger survey participants who are less than 60 years of age.

 

How is Hearing Loss Related to Diabetes

As we all know that due to diabetes, there is a rise in the blood sugar levels. This damages the small blood vessels in the inner ear, thereby causing a deficit in oxygen supply. Due to a lack of oxygen, the hair cells are damaged, thus failing to transmit the sound signals received by them from the middle ear to the auditory nerve. In such a case, you must not delay in getting a proper treatment of hearing loss.

 

How would I know whether I have Hearing Loss?

If you notice the following 5 signs, then you are probably having some type of hearing impairment, and your ears need immediate attention!

  • You ask people to repeat themselves quite often, and almost regularly.

  • Do you face difficulties talking over the phone, and hence started avoiding them frequently?

  • Having difficulty in participating in one-to-one conversations.

  • Frequently raising up the TV/Radio volume more the the usual one.

  • Often thinking that others are mumbling.

  • Facing problems hearing in a noisy area such as at a busy restaurant.

All these are the ‘red flags’ which indicate that your hearing health is calling for help and you need to opt for a good treatment of hearing loss soon by consulting a certified Audiologist!

 

Can I Prevent Diabetic Hearing Loss?

The good news is that you can very well prevent hearing loss caused due to diabetes. The trick is to follow a healthy and balanced diet, and of course having a control over it! All you need to keep in mind that you have to control your blood sugar levels. Then it will be much easier for you to have a control over the diabetic-related problems and might be successful in preventing hearing loss as a result.

 

Which is an Effective Treatment of Hearing Loss?

If you are already suffering from hearing problems, then, as already mentioned, consult and discuss with a highly qualified Audiologist immediately. Get a proper hearing check-up and follow as suggested by your Audiologist. Hearing aid has proved to be quite an effective treatment of hearing loss till date. In cases of severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss, when hearing aids normally fail to give much benefits, cochlear implants have been opted for by Audiologists worldwide and these devices have proved to give excellent results! So why worry when there are so many innovative and advanced options out there?!

In a nutshell, never be depressed for being a diabetic patient, because there are thousands of solutions to preventing and controlling diabetic hearing loss.

Comments | Posted in Treatment Of Hearing Loss By Phalguni Bannerjee

5 Tips to Hear Better in a Noisy Environment

Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:10:30 PM Asia/Calcutta

It is often advised by Audiologists to avoid communicating in a noisy environment, especially if you are suffering from hearing loss and is a new user of digital hearing aids. This trick really works in adjusting to the new world of hearing. But what if you have no choice but to attend or go through some noisy situation? Or if you are the one who have been indoors for quite a while now, and are planning to face this world with your new digital hearing aids on? In either of the case, the very foremost thing that you need to do is to stay calm and not to panic. We are here to help you out!

 

What are the Tips to Help Me Communicate Easily in a Chaotic Environment?

Although the modern day digital hearing aids are designed to make you feel comfortable even in some cacophonous situation, yet you need to know some tricks and tips about how to tackle these unwanted situations, especially if you are a new hearing aid user. If, however, you are feeling comfortable in using analog hearing aids and are reluctant to switch over to digital hearing aids, our advice is either to opt for the later (after consulting an experienced Audiologist) which are much more advanced, thus having the capability to handle noisy situations, or else it is a must for you to follow these important tips for communicating in such situations. So let’s go through 5 most important ones which you MUST follow!

1. Use two hearing aids rather than one. There are a number of advantages of using two hearing aids which include -

     a) The better ability to hear sounds from all directions coming from either side.

     b) Increased loudness and clarity, as the amplified sounds are equally distributed to both the ears.

     c) You will be able to understand and locate from which direction the sound source is originating.

     d) Using binaural devices, especially digital hearing aids, will increase your ability to hear speech sounds better and will enhance speech understanding even in noisy backgrounds.

     e) Using binaural digital hearing aids will prevent accidents from happening. If you are on the streets with only one hearing aid put on, you might have a wrong notion of the direction of a vehicle approaching from behind. For example, you are on a major crossing and a car is speeding from behind from the right side (suppose). In such a case you might assume that it is coming from the left side, because you are wearing your device in the left ear (suppose). It is a dangerous situation as your brain will prompt you to move to the right side from which the car is actually proceeding. It might lead to serious accidents.

Although you might do better with one hearing aid in normal situations, but in noisy situations you will realize that your devices are performing better.


2. Use digital hearing aids as they have digital signal processing (DSP). This technology allows the device to differentiate between speech and noise. In other words, the digital hearing aids - due to their DSP technology - enable you to listen to speech sounds clearly as the device reduces or cancels out background noise. Also, you must use the directional microphone setting of your digital devices so that you can switch the device from an omnidirectional setting to a directional setting. In case you do not know the difference between the two - if your digital hearing aids is in the omnidirectional mode, then you will hear sounds coming from all directions - namely front, back, right and left, top and bottom. But if you switch over to the directional setting, your hearing aid will pick up only the primary sounds which are coming from the front of the hearing aid user. So if you sit face-to-face with the speaker, you will clearly be able to listen to his/her speech - and not only listen, but also understand what the person is saying. In this case, you are able to focus only on a particular and an important sound source - which is speech. To attain the best result, make sure that the directional microphone is properly positioned.

3. Use the FM technology of your digital hearing aids. FM technology is the best solution for you if you have difficulty hearing in noise. It comprises two components -

     a) An FM transmitter which will pick up the speaker’s speech sounds and send it to the FM receiver.

     b) An FM receiver which will receive the speech sounds picked up by the transmitter and deliver them directly to the person’s ears (such as via loudspeakers).

FM technology is an advanced feature in the modern day digital hearing aids, as it helps the user clearly listen to the speech sounds which are which are closer to him/her. This technology amplifies the speech and makes it louder than the other background noises as much as 20 dB higher.

4. Take part in regular auditory training sessions. Recent researches have proved auditory training programs for adults with hearing impairment to be quite effective in improving their speech understanding capability in noise, while using advanced digital hearing aids.

5. Be at a comfortable position while conversing and face the speaker properly. Choose a place which is not dark, but well-lit. Make sure that the speaker’s face is visible clearly enough. This will enable you to read the person’s lips while trying to listen and understand his/her speech.

 

To conclude, the above tips will be quite effective in enabling you to listen much clearly even in noisy areas, especially if you are a new hearing aid user, and will also enhance your speech understanding capability. If you are still facing problems in understanding speech even while using good quality digital hearing aids, you must immediately consult an expert and certified Audiologist without delay.

Comments | Posted in Digital Hearing Aids By Phalguni Bannerjee

Usefulness of Apps for Hearing Impaired People

Friday, June 8, 2018 6:18:22 PM Asia/Calcutta

In this generation of digitisation and smartphones, no one can even imagine a life without technology. Mobile apps are an indispensable part of our day-to-day lives. We know that life isn’t very easy for you with having to live with hearing impairment. To make life more easy-going and flexible for you, researchers and technicians have studies the importance of apps for hearing loss, that would make hearing impaired people feel a lot more relaxed and optimistic.

The benefits of hearing aids today is not just restricted in simply amplifying sounds. Nowadays with such advanced technological innovations, hearing aids can now be regulated with a hearing aid app. There are apps that can manage your tinnitus, feedback suppression, noise reduction. In short, with the help of a hearing aid app, you can customize and fine-tune your hearing device. Life with hearing aids is no longer a burden for you. They are here to make your life so much easier and enjoyable.

Hearing Plus - Hearing Aid App

Today, a hearing aid app can facilitate people with hearing loss and can make his/her hearing experience better and enjoyable. Hearing Plus have come with a hearing aid app that allow you to take full advantage of our various services provided by our expert professionals. The facilities that you can get in our app are as follows -

  • Appointment - here you can book an appointment with us, and we will provide you a time and venue that is suitable for you. You also have the option of both home and clinic visit.

  • Only for You - here you can find special offers on hearing aids and other services that are exclusively for you, and also useful tips about your hearing loss and other hearing related updates.

  • Recent Activities - Here you can view your recent services and appointments which you have made recently in our hearing aid app. This is to keep track of your previous appointments with us and also to ensure that you have a smooth user-experience.

  • Refer Friends - If you like our service, then we would request you to refer Hearing Plus via our hearing aid app to your friends, family members and other acquaintances, who are suffering from hearing loss and are seeking professional help.

  • About Us - Before booking an appointment, you have the right to know everything about us and our various services. Here you will also get answers to your many questions about hearing loss and hearing aids that constantly puzzle you.

  • Request Service - Here you can request appointments for a great range of services provided by us, which include Audiometry/PTA, hearing aid trial, Tympanometry, Cochlear Implant, hearing aid battery, BERA (ABR), ASSR, OAE, Speech therapy and many more.

  • After Sale Request - If you have any issues after buying hearing aids from us, feel free to request for an after-sale service in a hassle-free way in our ‘After-Sale Request’ section of our hearing aid app.

  • Feedback - If your like our products and services, please do rate us and send us a feedback in the ‘Feedback’ section of our app.

  • Contact - You can feel free to contact us anytime at our contact details provided under this section of our Hearing Plus - Hearing Aid app.

Hearing Plus - Hearing Aid App

Now we are just a click away! Calling us is made more easy for you - tap the call button anytime, anywhere in the app, and tell us your queries and issues - leave all the rest upon us.

Feel free to use our user-friendly hearing aid app. All you need to do is to register yourself in a simple procedure, and tell us what you need. Then just wait and watch how we do the rest to serve you better, and to help you to lead a better quality of life.

To download the Hearing Plus Hearing Aid App, Click Here : http://bit.ly/HearingPlus_App

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Comments | Posted in Hearing Plus By Phalguni Bannerjee

What Would Happen If You Delay a Treatment of Hearing Loss?

Thursday, June 7, 2018 3:23:55 PM Asia/Calcutta

Before I proceed with answering this, first try to answer this question, “What would happen if you do not wear spectacles for a long time, in spite of suffering from some visual impairment?” Yes you are right! Your difficulty in vision would increase over time, which would invite many other undesirable problems like frequent headaches, social isolation, familial problems, and worse still, an untreated visual impairment might even lead to dangerous accidents, especially while on the roads.

Similar is the case with hearing impairment. If you delay in getting a proper treatment of hearing loss, then you might soon face many complications which would have easily been prevented if intervened in an early treatment method. The first and foremost task if you face any sort of hearing problems is to consult a professional and certified Audiologist, who would perform detailed diagnostic tests to detect the type of hearing problems you are facing.

 

What if my hearing loss gets cured by itself?

You might be asking one of this very commonly asked question. You will be surprised to know that once you are affected with hearing loss, you will never regain back your original hearing health, and worse still, instead of getting cured by itself, your hearing loss will start becoming adverse, which might make you end up in more complicated situations and health hazards. So ACT NOW and get your appropriate treatment of hearing loss soon!

 

I am Not Getting the Proper Motivation for Getting a Treatment of Hearing Loss

If you are not getting the appropriate motivation for going for a hearing loss treatment, then you will do so probably after knowing this interesting fact - we ‘hear’ with our brain, not with our ears! Surprised? Don’t be! The auditory centre of your brain is the only one which is responsible for perceiving, comprehending, processing and recognising the sound signals sent to it by the ear via the auditory nerve, and only then can you actually hear. The ear is only responsible for transmitting the sound signals (after converting them into electrical signals) to the brain - which does the actual part.

 

Will my Brain be Affected if I Delay in Opting for a Proper Treatment of Hearing Loss?

Your brain, which was previously accustomed to a particular auditory world, will get reorganised if it is deprived of sounds for a long time due to lack of proper stimulation to its auditory centre. This might lead to Auditory Deprivation, a condition in which the brain fails to recognise any sound if it has not received sound signals for an overly long period of time. What is even worse is that Auditory Deprivation might increase the risks of Dementia - a psychological condition in which the affected person gradually faces complications like restlessness, anxiety, hypertension, irritability, loneliness, nervousness, mood swings, depression, hallucination, paranoia, sleep disorder, mental confusion, loss of balance, inability to speak or understand language, and even forgetfulness. So do not even think of delaying in getting a proper and appropriate treatment of hearing loss. Always consult a highly trained Audiologist before taking any step.

 

Is it Possible to Rearrange the Brain to its Previous State?

Fortunately, it is possible to regain back your previous brain condition even after it had gone to a state of under-stimulation by and non-perception of sound signals. A majority of the people worldwide has been benefited by hearing aids - which is one of the best treatment of hearing loss. Once you start a proper treatment, although you might not hear clear sounds immediately, especially when you have left your hearing loss untreated for a long time, but soon your brain will again be accustomed to this ‘new’ auditory world. The more you delay, the more time will your brain take to get used to the new world of sounds, and the more dissatisfied you will be with your hearing aids.

 

What are the Health Hazards Linked with Delaying a Treatment of Hearing Loss?

Scientists and health professionals worldwide have proved that there are various complications that arise out of an untreated hearing loss. The seven main health issues caused from delaying a treatment of hearing loss include -

  • A decline in the Cognitive Functioning

  • Risk of Dementia

  • Brain Shrinkage - especially of the grey matter which is responsible for speech comprehension

  • Risk of Falling - because our ear is responsible for maintaining our body balance

  • Increased illnesses and hospitalizations

  • Increased Mortality - especially in case of the elder citizens. Studies show that older people who used hearing aids, had a lower risk of mortality, even though they suffered from severe hearing loss

  • Increased Risks of Depression

Apart from this, the affected person also suffers from social isolation, loneliness, and feels that he or she is being constantly ignored. As a result, the person might even lose the interest to enjoy the beautiful life activities and live happily.

 

What are the Benefits of an Early Treatment of Hearing Loss?

Research has shown that an early treatment has improved not only the person’s hearing abilities, but also the overall health of the person, and has also enhanced his/her quality of life to a great extent.

 

So why wait when you have so many options to choose from in this generation of technological boom and innovations! You even have a wide variety of hearing aids available, which are so advanced that they would even make you forget about your hearing problems. So get your ears checked today and indulge yourself in one of these innovative methods of treatment of hearing loss.

Comments | Posted in Treatment Of Hearing Loss By Phalguni Bannerjee
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