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Health and Lifestyle

New Year, New Ears!

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Health and Lifestyle

New Year, New Ears!

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Health and Lifestyle

Summer Vacation Hearing Tips

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New Year, New Ears!

Welcome 2019! Many of you may have made new year’s resolutions, and hopefully they’re still going strong. Perhaps this is the year you’ve committed to better health, but have you considered your hearing health as a part of it? Good health and hearing are important for a good quality of life. So this year, we’re encouraging new year, new ears!

Book Your Hearing Assessment

The best way to start your journey toward better hearing is by booking in for a hearing assessment. If you’ve never had a hearing assessment, or if it’s been a while since your last one, we recommend booking an appointment. The process is simple and painless, but important for us to establish a baseline for your current hearing levels.

We recommend regular hearing assessments. We get our eyes checked on a yearly basis, and we suggest the same frequency for your ears. Changes in your hearing can be subtle and gradual, without symptoms and easily go unnoticed for long periods.

Treatment

Treatment for hearing loss depends on the condition, but most treatment options include hearing aids. Today’s devices have advanced so much that they can be barely visible. Some devices have Bluetooth enabled or wireless connectivity. They can be used in conjunction with apps, personal amplification devices, smart jewelry and clever products such as alarm clocks, a doorbell or your television too. At Clearwave Hearing, we have a variety of hearing aid devices to fit your lifestyle and needs.

Benefits

The benefits to looking after your hearing health are widespread. Hearing loss has been linked with depression, cognitive decline and the increased chances of accidents such as slips or trips. Some of the benefits of improved hearing health include:

  • Stronger relationships – If you struggle with hearing loss, you may be missing parts of the conversation. Improving your hearing will strengthen your communication, and subsequently relationships.
  • Improved safety – Your ears keep you safe in a number of ways. From alerting you to an approaching car, to alerts and alarms that may go off around your home. Hearing loss can hinder your ability to observe these sounds, but hearing aids are shown to help improve an individual’s safety.
  • Cognitive health and well-being – Research continues to show that untreated hearing loss can accelerate cognitive decline. However, treating the hearing loss can delay the onset of cognitive issues. Early treatment is the best preventative measure!

There are many more benefits to getting your hearing loss treated. If you’re ready for a new year, new ears, we’d love to book you in for a hearing assessment. Call today on (507) 208-7002, or click here to request an appointment.

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Is there a Link Between Sugary Food & Your Hearing Health?

Most of us are already aware that sugar isn’t good for our health. But can it impact your hearing health, or worsen the symptoms of tinnitus? The American Tinnitus Association [https://www.ata.org/] notes that although there is no clear evidence that sugar laden foods cause tinnitus, there are plenty of accounts from sufferers who report a worsening in symptoms after eating sugar-laden foods.

Blood Sugar Levels, Tinnitus And Your Hearing Health

Tinnitus itself is not an illness, but rather a symptom of something bigger. Often triggered by an underlying condition, hearing loss is the most common cause. However, tinnitus can also be a sign of something else. A change in your blood sugar levels, or hyperinsulinemia, can result in symptoms of tinnitus.

Recent studies have highlighted that high blood sugar (A1c levels) can damage blood vessels and nerves [source: http://trihealth.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=10&pid=10&gid=000009]. This has important implications for your overall ear health, given the network of small, sensitive blood vessels and nerves that make up your auditory system. Reduced blood flow to the vessels in your ear can result in hearing loss, which may also be accompanied by symptoms of tinnitus.

What Can You Do?

Understanding how sugary foods affects your body might be the first step in controlling that annoying ringing in your ears.

A surefire way to determine if there are foods that trigger your tinnitus is a detailed food journal. What have you eaten, what did you drink (including alcohol) and when. Then note down how your tinnitus symptoms were that day.

Yes, it can be time consuming, but if it improves the quality of your daily life it’s worth it!

If you start to see a pattern with a certain food or drink, the next step is to avoid consuming it for one full week. If your symptoms have lessened after this week, try a gradual reintroduction of the food or drink. Monitor your symptoms closely.

Over time by trialing different foods, alcohol or drinks you will get a clear understanding of how much of a treat you can enjoy, or if there are food items that you should avoid.

Other simple steps include:

  • Having a yearly hearing test
  • Exercising daily if you can
  • Managing your weight and eating healthily
  • Taking steps to reduce high blood pressure
  • Reducing or stopping smoking

Our bodies are truly remarkable things that we can tend to neglect. Alongside a healthy diet it is important to stay on top of your yearly health checks. If you know it’s time to book a hearing check, call us today on (507) 208-7002, or click here to request an appointment.

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Summer Vacation Hearing Tips

If you’re planning to check out for a summer vacation, you may want to review your prep checklist and add some things to cover your hearing health. In the excitement of hitting the sand, sea, or mountains, it’s easy to forget that we need more than just sunscreen to protect ourselves. Be sure to follow these hearing tips for summer travel.

Bring ear protection. A backyard BBQ, outdoor concert, or fireworks show are all synonymous with summer. You may experience these types of events both at home and away, in which case it’s essential to make sure that you don’t forget ear protection when you travel. Disposable foam or silicone earplugs help to filter out loud sound and ambient crowd noise while still allowing you to hear safely. Additionally, wearing hearing protection when swimming can help to prevent the annoying (and uncomfortable) condition known as “swimmer’s ear.”

Watch where you sit. Proximity to loud sound is crucial to noise-induced hearing loss. Rather than situate yourself near a speaker or front row, consider hanging out further away from loud sources of sound. For airplane travel, try and book your seats at the front of the cabin to avoid engine noise and consider picking up a pair of high-quality noise-canceling headphones.

Turn down the volume. Playing some tunes while sitting poolside or at the beach is a memorable part of summer but be mindful of the volume level. If you find yourself having to increase the volume (or get complaints from neighbors), this may be a sign that you’re struggling with your hearing. Also, protect your hearing when using headphones by doing things like reducing the volume and taking breaks.

Take breaks. Parties or socializing with new people is often a highlight of a vacation. Proactively taking breaks from noisy chatter and environments can help to reset and re-energize you rather than exhausting you.

Practice makes perfect. If you’ve just gotten a hearing aid or have switched devices, be sure to get the hang of it at home before your vacation. Getting familiar with it and its settings can help to make your holiday all the more stress-free.

To learn more hearing aid tips that can help you to prepare for your summer vacation, book a consultation with us today.

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6 Tips For Dealing with Tinnitus

6 Tips for Dealing with Tinnitus

It isn’t really known why tinnitus happens, but it affects one in every five people. It can be annoying and feel concerning at times, but these six tips can help you to deal with tinnitus.

But First, What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself. It’s more of a symptom of an underlying issue like an injury, circulatory system disorder, or ageing. It is often described as a buzzing, ringing or clicking type of sound that can occur in one or both ears. It may be present all the time or come and go, and it might sound like either a high or low pitch.
Though sufferers can report that their tinnitus manifests with a number of sounds, there are two main types:
Subjective tinnitus is something only you can hear and is usually caused by problems with the ear (middle, outer, and inner ear) or auditory nerve.

Objective tinnitus is something that your doctor can also hear during an examination. Much rarer, this type of tinnitus may be due to a blood vessel problem, middle ear bone conditions, or muscle contractions.

What Causes Tinnitus?

In short – many things. Tinnitus may be caused by inner ear cell damage which affects how your ears take in noise and translate it to the brain. Age-related hearing loss can also cause tinnitus, exposure to loud noises, earwax blockage, or even changes to the ear bone. In some cases, certain medications can also cause or worsen tinnitus, including Aspirin, certain antidepressants, cancer medications, and antibiotics.

Tip 1: Protect Your Ears at Work
Prolonged exposure to loud or noisy environments can cause inner ear cell damage. Construction workers, factory workers, musicians, and soldiers are examples of professions that may be prone to tinnitus. Wear hearing protection and take regular breaks from loud environments to try and protect your hearing.

Tip 2: Quit Smoking
Smokers have a higher risk of developing tinnitus. Consider protecting your hearing a bonus to your improving your overall health!

Tip 3: Mind Your Heart Health
High blood pressure or narrowed arteries (atherosclerosis) can increase the likelihood of tinnitus as these conditions affect your blood flow. Regular exercise and healthy eating not only manage your heart health but also can prevent tinnitus caused by blood vessel disorders.

Tip 4: Turn Down the Volume
If you’re a music lover who cranks the tunes, you might want to consider turning down the volume. Prolonged exposure to loud music without hearing protection or through earbuds can cause tinnitus as well as hearing loss.

Tip 5: Get in the Zen Zone
While it can be stressful to experience tinnitus, consciously trying to reduce stress levels can help you to deal with it. Consider mindfulness or other stress busters to help you feel more balanced and steady.

Tip 6: Check Your Medications
As mentioned above, certain medications can make you more prone to tinnitus. If you’ve started a new medication or notice a change in your hearing, be sure to speak to your healthcare professional.

In addition to these tips, consulting with a professional can help you prevent hearing loss or minimize discomfort. Contact us to request an appointment, or call us on (507) 208-7002 today!

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