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Did you know that what you eat affects your hearing health? It’s true! Numerous studies have shown that a healthy diet helps maintain better hearing thresholds, so we here at Healthy Hearing have planned out a day’s worth of meals for you and your ears.
Let’s start your day off the right way with a powerhouse smoothie. Smoothies are not only extremely high in nutrients, but they’re also tasty treats that are easy to make and easy to take on-the-go when you’re running out the door.
Suggestions for your morning smoothie:
Keep your vitamins and minerals in mind when packing your lunch. It’s easy to fall into the fast food habit during the work week, but taking a little extra time each day to plan out your midday meal has wide-ranging benefits, including helping preserve your hearing.
Consider a spinach salad with a tangy vinaigrette. Spinach packs a lot of the aforementioned folic acid necessary for cell regeneration, as well as magnesium and vitamins A, C and K. If you need a little extra energy, toss in dark meat chicken, which is rich in zinc. Zinc boosts the body’s immune system and can help ward off ear infections. Nuts like cashews, almonds and peanuts do this as well, so take a handful to snack on throughout the day.
Pork and beef are also rich in zinc, so end your day with a meal centered around a nice, thick steak or tenderloin. Zinc is also found in oysters, so if you have dinner plans with friends, keep that in mind!
Most vegetables have a healthy supply of vitamins and minerals, so you’re pretty safe to pick the side of your choosing, as long as it came from Momma Nature. Broccoli and potatoes, for instance, are rich in magnesium, folic acid and potassium.
It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you’ve done today to maintain a healthy hearing diet! We’ve whipped up a delicious chocolate treat for you to indulge in. Don’t worry, your ears will still be getting the royal treatment. Did you know one cup of dark baking chocolate can provide up to 85% of your daily recommended zinc? And if that’s not enough, our delicious cupcake recipe also includes flaxseed. Each tablespoon contains close to 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
Chocolate cupcakes can be delicious and good for your ears!
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Yield: 24 cupcakes and frosting
Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium mixing bowl, combines flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Next, add flaxseed and water mixture, vanilla coconut milk, applesauce and vanilla extract. Mix well with a hand or stand mixer. Stir in hot water. Fill muffin pan with cupcake wrappers and spoon chocolate mixture into each cup, filling halfway. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cake is spongy and fluffy.
For the frosting, melt chocolate chips using a double boiler or in the microwave (in a microwave-safe bowl). Stir in cocoa, softened butter and powdered sugar. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip in boiling water until icing is thick and billowy.
Reprinted with permission from www.healthyhearing.com.
Please visit HealthyHearing.com for the original article: Meals Your Ears Will Love Copyright 2014.
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Congratulations – you’ve just decided to get hearing aids! This is the most important step on your road to healthy hearing. Now that you have made your decision, where do you go to be fitted and where do you find the best hearing aids for you? Here are some helpful tips to guide you on your journey.
Before choosing your hearing aids, choose the right hearing care professional. Only an audiologist is specifically trained to properly evaluate and diagnose a hearing loss. Not all hearing loss is treatable with hearing aids. Some forms of hearing loss are treated with surgery or medications. With an audiological hearing evaluation, an audiologist can help diagnose the cause of your hearing loss and recommend the right treatment plan for you. Also, the Food and Drug Administration advises that anyone considering hearing aids should first be seen by a doctor who specializes in diseases of the ear (otolaryngologist) for medical clearance.
The style of hearing aid that works for you will depend on several factors:
Other than your hearing loss, the next most important factor when choosing the right hearing aid for you…..is your lifestyle. Your lifestyle will dictate the technology, features and style that are most appropriate for you and your needs. Don’t make the wrong choice. Paying for technological features you will never use is the same as not getting the technological features you need. Do not approach this decision lightly or blindly. Hearing aids cost money. The more demanding your lifestyle, the more technology you will need, and the more the hearing aids will cost. But you will benefit from every penny you spend.
This type of lifestyle needs more advanced technology that will provide optimum performance in a broad range of demanding sound and listening environments. The advanced technology will clarify speech and other important sounds to the fullest extent while suppressing higher levels of background noise including wind noise. The ability to finely tune sound makes this technology a great choice for musicians and live music lovers.
Examples of a Casual Lifestyle include:
People in this level spend the majority of their time in moderate listening environments and would benefit from certain advanced features such as speech enhancement, background noise suppression and wind noise reduction, but don’t often find use for many of the cutting-edge technologies. This individual is no longer in demanding listening situations on a day-to-day basis, but still enjoys dining out and social activities.
Examples of a Quiet Lifestyle include:
This individual has a quiet lifestyle and spends the majority of social time with family and small groups of friends. One-on-one conversations, walks in the park and quiet restaurants are preferred. This technology does very well with speech in less noisy environments, and can handle more demanding sound situations when necessary.
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Please visit HealthyHearing.com for the original article: Finding the Right hearing Aid Copyright 2014.
We want to encourage people to not only eat healthier for overall health and well-being, but to make an extra effort to pay attention to and include foods in your diet that are important for hearing health.
Here are some important vitamins and minerals to include in your diet for hearing and overall health:
Research has shown that magnesium may have protective effects on hearing health, and might even reduce the effects of noise-induced hearing loss. A 1994 study published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology looked at 300 young, healthy people, and found those who took 167 milligrams of magnesium daily for two months were less affected by noise-induced hearing loss than others during exposure to loud impulse noises during basic military training.
A more recent study, published in 2013 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that antioxidant intake in combination with magnesium supplements had a protective effect on hearing thresholds.
Magnesium is important for transporting calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, which contributes to proper muscle contraction, normal hearing rhythm and nerve impulse function. Some excellent sources of magnesium include boiled spinach, dry roasted almonds, cashews, peanuts, soy milk, black beans, edamame, shredded wheat cereal and avocado.
Both omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are found in abundance in many types of fish, including tuna, trout, sardines, salmon and anchovies. Research has shown that people who eat fish twice per week significantly reduce their risk of developing age-related hearing loss. For example, a 2010 study published in the American Society for Nutrition found an inverse relationship between fish intake and prevalence of hearing loss. Experts aren’t exactly sure how omega-3s work on hearing health, but they believe it is related to strengthening and protecting the delicate blood vessels in the ears.
Researchers and nutritionists have long known that omega-3s are important for many of the body’s functions. For example, they can reduce one’s risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood triglyceride levels. This vital fatty acid has also been known to improve cognition and memory and reduce joint pain in people with arthritis.
Aside from fish, you can get omega-3s from beans, walnuts, avocados, flax seed and other nuts and seeds.
Vitamins C, E and others are important for the body as a whole because they keep free radicals in check, preventing them from damaging the body and strengthening the overall immune system. One protective effect they have on hearing is reducing one’s risk of ear infections, which can cause permanent hearing loss.
According to a 2007 study on guinea pigs by researchers at the University of Michigan, high doses of vitamins A, E and C combined with magnesium and given to people one hour before excessive noise exposure were effective in preventing noise-induced hearing loss of a permanent nature. The researchers in this case believe that in response to – and even after – loud noise exposure, cell mitochondria in the ear send out damaging free radicals. Researchers say that pre-treatment with vitamins and minerals reduces the free radicals’ ability to react, which decreases the constriction of blood flow to the inner ear that usually happens after such an exposure.
Good sources of vitamins C and E include bell peppers, oranges and other fruits and vegetables. You can also find vitamin E in dark leafy greens, nuts, broccoli, wheat, oils and tropical fruits. Good sources of vitamin A include sweet potatoes (baked in the skin), spinach, beef liver, carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe and bell peppers.
Most people are aware that different vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy living. But did you know many individuals in the United States are deficient in zinc? In addition to being an important mineral for the immune and central nervous systems, studies have shown zinc deficiency can greatly increase your risk of suffering from sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). Research indicates zinc has immune-boosting properties, which can help reduce stress on the cochlea in SSNHL.
Zinc isn’t a hard mineral to find. Seafood, beef, chocolate or cocoa powder, spinach and wheat germ all contain zinc.
Getting the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals to ensure your hearing remains healthy doesn’t have to be difficult – or boring! Consider having a bowl of shredded wheat with some oranges for breakfast. And when you find yourself hungry for lunch, a light bean salad, full of black beans, chick peas, avocado, tomatoes and onions can help meet your magnesium and omega-3 needs. When you’re contemplating dinner, a simple dish of lemon butter salmon with carrots or sweet potatoes can tackle zinc, vitamins C and E.
And for an extra boost of zinc, we’ve included a tasty and easy recipe for blackberry brownie bites. With cocoa powder, black beans and blackberries, this dessert includes vitamins and minerals from each of the healthy hearing categories!
Remember, getting the right vitamins and minerals is important for your health and your hearing, but it doesn’t have to be boring!
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, blend together black beans, yogurt, maple syrup and blackberries until pureed. In a mixing bowl, combine whole wheat and all purpose flour. Stir in sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder. Next, stir in black bean, yogurt, maple syrup and blackberry mixture from your food processor. Add almond milk and stir the batter until all the ingredients are combined. The mixture should be thick and slightly lumpy. Stir in your chocolate chips; Use cooking spray to grease a regular-sized muffin tin. Spoon the brownie mixture into each cup, approximately 2/3 full. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges have pulled slightly from the muffin cups.
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Please visit HealthyHearing.com for the original article: A Recipe for Optimal Hearing HealthCopyright 2014.
Did you know that Central Oregon Ear, Nose & Throat is the only physician-based hearing aid dispenser in Central Oregon? Why is that important? Because the Food and Drug Administration recommends consulting with a physician who specializes in diseases of the ear (i.e., an ENT physician) before purchasing hearing aids for the first time. A hearing loss is a medical condition and needs to be treated as such; not every type of hearing loss is treated with hearing instrumentation. Some forms may be corrected with surgery or medications. Before you consider hearing aids, you need to know the reason for your impairment. Is your hearing loss caused by an undetected medical condition that requires the attention of an ENT physician? This is an important first step and will determine which treatment path is best for you – even if you wear aids now and have never been medically evaluated.
An audiological evaluation performed by one of our licensed and trained audiologists is a great place to start. Only an audiologist has the ability to properly evaluate and diagnose the cause of your hearing loss. Following your evaluation, our audiologists will consult with our ENT physicians to determine the treatment plan that is best for you. If hearing instrumentation is recommended, we offer the very latest in hearing aid technology geared toward your particular needs and lifestyle. No matter what your hearing needs may be, our dedicated team of physicians, audiologists and hearing instrument specialists is committed to giving you the highest level of compassionate and professional care.
At Central Oregon ENT, our Physicians work closely with our Audiology Department for a team approach to your hearing healthcare. We have four ENT physicians and an otologist whose specialty includes auditory surgery and BAHA procedures. Each of our physicians is Fellowship Trained with advanced training in their respective areas of specialty. Our Audiology Department consists of a Doctor of Audiology, a Clinical Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Specialist. They offer a variety of services including adult hearing care, pediatrics, tinnitus management, treatment for balance disorders, bone-anchored hearing devices and auditory rehabilitation. With our team working together under one roof, you are assured of receiving the highest level and continuity of care, along with cost savings. Your ENT physician will oversee and coordinate your care with the other team members. Our system promotes accountability and efficiency and that benefits you in two ways: through better care and lower costs.
One reason why ‘We may be the best-kept secret in Central Oregon’ is because we don’t do a lot of advertising. Yes, we receive referrals from the local medical community. But you don’t need a referral to see us. We feel advertising would unnecessarily add to the cost of our services; we would rather pass those savings on to you. We even offer FREE hearing screenings. Our goal is simple: your complete satisfaction! We partner exclusively with the leading manufacturers of hearing devices because they have the best available technology and the highest satisfaction ratings. We want to improve your hearing and speech comprehension. Our commitment to your satisfaction involves taking into account your needs, lifestyle and budget and recommending instrumentation with a proven track record of success. We will back up that commitment with FREE follow-up care that involves various testing procedures to help us meet your desired outcomes and goals, eliminating the guesswork inherent with blind programming adjustments. These measures explain why our patients have benefited from their instrumentation and have had a more enjoyable experience.
We encourage you to come in and meet our staff, and see for yourself how we can make a difference in your life. If you suspect a hearing loss, early detection and treatment increases your odds of a successful transition. If you currently wear instruments, we invite you to come and learn about different options. Starting down the right path is the most important initial step in your hearing health.
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