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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.


Hip hearing aids as a fashion statement?
Hip hearing aids as a fashion statement?


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Eye glasses are available in all possible shapes, models and colors. But when it comes to hearing aids, invisibility is still often the norm. However, good design can also make all the difference to a hearing aid. Where is the Giorgio Armani of the hearing industry?

Andy Rihs 1942 - 2018
Andy Rihs 1942 - 2018



Andreas (Andy) Rihs, swiss business man, owner of BMC cycling and Young Boys football team, and chief protagonist in the early development of Phonak, has died at the age of 75.

"Lead like a girl", says Tacy M Byham, PhD


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Tacy M. Byham, PhD was giving the American Academy of Audiology Foundation lecture at this year’ AAA Conference in Nashville, with the title, ‘Lead like a Girl’.

New type of hearing test app from Germany
New type of hearing test app from Germany


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Berlin-based company Mimi Hearing Technologies has developed a new type of hearing app to test the extent to which the user is not hearing 100%, reports Forbes magazine.

"Long gone is the time when we can 'just' be good clinicians"


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Eileen C. Rall, AuD, is the Program Chair for the 2018 annual meeting of the American Academy of Audiology. She introduces here this year's AAA, a gathering full of news, learning, exchange, entertainment and, of course, music!

AWN Congress Special: Lead like a girl at AAA
AWN Congress Special: Lead like a girl at AAA


“Doing things ‘Like a girl’ has always been a playground insult, but it represents a much deeper problem that anything women do is weak, silly, or otherwise not worthy of respect.”

New partnership to develop a hearing screening mobile app
New partnership to develop a hearing screening mobile app


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The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has teamed up with hearX group, an e-health start-up from South Africa, to launch the first-ever intensive hearing screening mobile app in the United States.

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MAICO launches new Newborn Hearing Screening webpageMAICO launches new Newborn Hearing Screening webpage

MAICO Diagnostics introduces a new webpage dedicated to newborn hearing screening.

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Delivering The Tools And Information to Excel in Your BusinessDelivering The Tools And Information to Excel in Your Business

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As the global hearing profession faces change and what seems to be many threats, we think it is imperative that businesses have access to the best tools and data. Three things are key to survive and thrive.

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Hansaton's latest RIC hearing system sound SHD streamHansaton's latest RIC hearing system sound SHD stream

Hansaton is presenting its latest RIC hearing system in the sound SHD product family, which offers binaural features for a natural hearing experience and connects directly to Bluetooth® capable* telephones and smartphones thanks to 2.4 GHz wireless technology.  [ ... ]