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Eating fish and fatty acids helps to prevent hearing loss

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According to a study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who eat fish regularly have a lower risk of developing hearing loss than those who rarely or never eat fish. The authors of the study used data that were collected as part of the Nurses’ Health Study II, a prospective cohort study. On the basis of the data, they examined independent associations between consumption of fish and long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and self-reported hearing loss in 65,215 women who were followed from 1991 to 2009. Participants were asked to fill out questionnaires every two years.

The women who consumed fish at least twice a week were found to have a 20% lower risk of hearing loss versus those who consumed fish less often, i.e. less than once a month. This protective action was found irrespective of the type of fish consumed. A higher intake of omega-3, particularly EPA (ecosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), was also associated with a lower risk of hearing loss. However, no association was found for consumption of omega-6.

“Omega-3 antioxidants, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and vitamin C have been the focus of a growing body of evidence showing potential hearing benefits,” says Dr. Gordon Hughes, program director for clinical trials at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, which provided funding for the study.

Other studies had already established a link between eating fish, omega-3 in particular, and a lower risk of cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases. It is thought that a diet rich in these foods helps to maintain blood flow to the cochlea through similar mechanisms, thus providing oxygen and nutrients that the cochlea needs to function properly.

Source: NPR; Curhan SG, et al. Fish and fatty acid consumption and the risk of hearing loss in women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. September 10, 2014.

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Space reservation open now for the EUHA congress
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The 64th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians and Trade Exhibition will take place 16-18 October 2019 in Nürnberg.

AWN AAA Special Issue: Faster! Faster! Intelligence won´t wait
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US volunteer brigade brings humanitarian audiology to Nicaragua
US volunteer brigade brings humanitarian audiology to Nicaragua

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An under-the-radar US volunteer brigade of ENT specialists has this month given some 400 people treatment and surgery as part of a humanitarian effort the country's hearing health must rely on.

Survey: UK and Northern Ireland citizens move fastest on hearing loss; Eire and Oz slowest
Survey: UK and Northern Ireland citizens move fastest on hearing loss; Eire and Oz slowest

Survey

Once more the WHO and other entities raised awareness on hearing issues during World Hearing Day © WHO

A ten-country survey carried out on World Hearing Day this March 3 has revealed big national differences between the fastest and slowest to seek advice and treatment for the onset of hearing loss.

From invisible implants to bike helmets for CI users - MED-EL's Ideas4ears kids innovate young
From invisible implants to bike helmets for CI users - MED-EL's Ideas4ears kids innovate young

innovation

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Inventors as young as seven and eight-years-old have impressed the Austrian hearing tech firm MED-EL enough to win these talents a trip to Innsbruck to discuss innovations ranging from surf-friendly implants to a bike helmet for a CI-wearing dad.

iHear launches pay-as-you-go aids on subscription with online tweaking and support
iHear launches pay-as-you-go aids on subscription with online tweaking and support

Trends

iHEARmax, one of the products by iHear. Photo: iHear.

Hearing aids for low, flexible, personalised monthly plans, and programming through mobile apps is the latest formula from the venture-funded San Francisco-based provider, iHear Medical.

BSHAA Congress 2019 – It’s More Than Hearing
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