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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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The term “hearing impaired” removed from New York state’s law books
The term “hearing impaired” removed from New York state’s law books

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New York State became the third US state to remove the term "hearing impaired" from state law, under legislation signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

Bluetooth communication system commissioned by American military
Bluetooth communication system commissioned by American military

Communication

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Sonitus Technologies has secured a multi-million-dollar contract with the United States Department of Defense (DOD) for the company’s ‘Molar Mic’, a new personal communication system.

Regulations concerning music venues changing in France
Regulations concerning music venues changing in France

Sound level

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The French government recently published a decree reinforcing noise and sound regulations for music venues in the country.

Using headphones and hearing aids simultaneously
Using headphones and hearing aids simultaneously

Devices

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CR Consumer Reports recently ran an article on finding headphones that work well with hearing aids.

The Amplifon Group acquires Conversons centres
The Amplifon Group acquires Conversons centres

Retail

In August this year, the Audio Sons and Amplifon groups signed an agreement to purchase the centres branded under the Conversons name.

63rd EUHA Congress in Hanover
63rd EUHA Congress in Hanover

EUHA2018

The International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians 2018 will be held at Deutsche Messe Hanover between 17 and 19 October 2018.

Sivantos Ibérica emerges in Spain following AS Ibérica union
Sivantos Ibérica emerges in Spain following AS Ibérica union

Industry

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The firm AS Ibérica Soluciones Auditivas, based in Las Rozas (Madrid), has joined Grupo Sivantos as a strategic partner and will now continue in the marketplace as Sivantos Ibérica, say sources at the company.

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Oticon Opn hearing aid family is expanding to include custom hearing aidsOticon Opn hearing aid family is expanding to include custom hearing aids

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Oticon has packed its 360° Open Sound Experience into a new range of discreet custom styles including its smallest hearing aid to date. [ ... ]

Starkey introduces world’s first HealthableStarkey introduces world’s first Healthable

Livio AI is the world’s first Healthable™ hearing aid to utilize integrated sensors and artificial intelligence and the first device to track physical activity and cognitive health as measured by hearing aid use in social situations. [ ... ]