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Healthy Meal blog sizeIn honor of National Nutrition Month, the team at Physicians Hearing would like to share which foods promote healthy hearing and vestibular systems, and foods you should avoid.

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Studies have shown that a deficiency in nutrients – such as B12, magnesium and folic acid – can impair hearing by as much as 39%. Increasing the consumption of these key nutrients can strengthen the hair follicles in your inner ear up to 20%.

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hearing aid heartThe American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month. This disease is one of the most serious health issues in the United States. The side effects of heart disease can lead to many other health issues, including hearing loss. 

Studies have shown that hearing loss is found 50% more often in individuals who also have heart disease. The reason for this is that plaque buildup narrows arteries. This interrupts the blood flow to the inner ear, which decreases your hearing. The nerves in your inner ear are so delicate, that some researchers believe that problems in this part of the body can be an early warning for the disease.

Read more: The Hearing Loss Link to Heart Disease

hearing aid from behind earAt the end of the year, between holiday meals and gift giving, many are looking to expand their budget for gifts and charitable giving. One area people commonly overlook is their medical needs, and the funds in their Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts.

 

Read more: Use Your Health Savings Account For Hearing Aids

StressEven with the latest hearing technology, there still may be times when hearing loss is an issue.  

For example, imagine attending a presentation. You’re trying to focus on the keynote speaker, but the people sitting around you are having their own conversations. With the conflict of sound, this can become frustrating and stressful.

There are other times – such as when you go to bed – when you don’t wear your hearing aids. These times can be stressful because worry about missing an alert or hearing your children get up in the middle of the night.

Luckily, there are ways to better manage your hearing loss and stress level.

 

Read more: Hearing Loss and Stress

older man- playing chess on bench- lonelyMore than five million individuals in America are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  Recent studies have shown that verbal skills and healing loss have had a direct correlation with the cognitive decline in older adults.  While not all forms of dementia can be prevented or delayed, studies have shown that there are some risk factors that can come from hearing loss.

One of the primary concerns of hearing related dementia is the isolation that some individuals enter into while experiencing hearing loss. By avoiding conversations and socialization, the strain that is then put on the brain when in a noisy setting can, over time, lead to cognitive disorders. 

 

Read more: Hearing Loss and How it Affects Dementia – Know the Risks