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Tips that will help you preserve your hearing health

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 :  Turn down the volume

This is a classic and one that makes common sense. But with the introduction of super funky earphones and technologically advanced headphones, this tip bears reminding.

A 2015 study carried out by a leading Canadian researcher cautioned young people on the dangers of loud music.

After looking at early hearing damage in young people aged 11 to 17 year-old, the results showed that by engaging in “risky listening habits,” such as going to parties, clubs and listening to loud music on personal listening devices, more than a quarter (28%) were already experiencing persistent tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ears that more commonly affects those over 50.

Those who experienced persistent tinnitus were more likely to have a significantly reduced tolerance for loud noise, a sign of hidden damage to the nerves that are used to transmit sounds to the brain. And with even brief and temporary tinnitus an early warning sign of hidden damage, turning down the volume is one way to help prevent hearing loss.

Drink coffee

A 2014 study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that drinking coffee could reduce the risk of tinnitus.

After following 65,085 female participants for 18 years, the researchers found that compared with women whose caffeine intake was less than 150 mg/d (equal to one 8-ounce cup of coffee), those who consumed 450 mg/d or more had a lower risk of developing the condition.

Eat more fish

Another study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found in a 2014 study that two or more servings of fish per week could lower women’s risk of acquired hearing loss.

The large cohort study, which looked at a total 65,215 women, showed that women who consumed any type of fish – tuna, dark fish, light fish, or shellfish – at least twice a week showed a 20% lower risk of hearing loss than the women who seldom ate fish.

The team commented that although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of ageing, their findings suggest that diet may be one way of helping prevent a decline.

Source : Internet


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