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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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Starkey moves R&D focus from California to Israel
Starkey moves R&D focus from California to Israel

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Starkey Hearing Technologies has closed its research facility in Berkley, California, but opened a new site in Israel. The American manufacturer informed its employees at the end of June that the company is expanding its global research and development.

WHO to establish the World Hearing Forum
WHO to establish the World Hearing Forum

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that it will set up the World Hearing Forum in September 2018, a global network of stakeholders promoting ear and hearing healthcare worldwide.

Travel tips for people with hearing aids
Travel tips for people with hearing aids

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AARP, a US-based non-profit interest group to improve aging, recently published an interesting article in their health column on what to do to ensure easy travel if you have hearing aids.

Choosing the right type of headphones
Choosing the right type of headphones

Report

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Consumer reports, an independent, nonprofit member organization that works with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace, recently put the spotlight on selecting headphones that help prevent hearing loss.

Ida Institute "Partners in Hearing: Learning Together"
Ida Institute

Workshop

The Ida Institute recently held a workshop bringing together people with hearing loss, hearing care professionals, and representatives of patient organizations.

Association between portable music player use and risk of hearing loss
Association between portable music player use and risk of hearing loss

Noise

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Reuters Health recently reported on the results of a study carried out in the Netherlands that showed that children who listen to music through headphones may have a greater risk of noise-related hearing loss.

16th Congress of the Mediterranean Society of Otology and Audiology
16th Congress of the Mediterranean Society of Otology and Audiology

Report

The 16th Congress of the Mediterranean Society of Otology and Audiology (MSOA) took place from May 13 to 16, 2018, in Jerusalem, Israel.

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