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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 tops med-tech spend on political contributions as OTC war tenses
Starkey tops med-tech spend on political contributions as OTC war tenses

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All the big players in medical technology have been topped by Starkey-related political contributions of almost $700k in 2018 alone, mostly to Republican Party coffers.

Ethiopia sees its first ever speech-language pathology graduates
Ethiopia sees its first ever speech-language pathology graduates

Co-operation

Homegrown speech-language pathologists who will stay and treat Ethiopia's hearing and speech disabled - the fruit of ongoing co-operation between an African and a Canadian university.

Cochlear implant pioneer gets a sweet taste of his own bionic medicine
Cochlear implant pioneer gets a sweet taste of his own bionic medicine

CI

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John Rice, a 1990's pioneer in Australian cochlear implant surgery for deaf children got his very own bionic hearing boost after an operation performed by one of his proteges.

3D-printing + goodwill means hearing for kids in the Middle-East
3D-printing + goodwill means hearing for kids in the Middle-East

3D printing

Some 12,000 deaf children in the Middle East may hear thanks to 3D printing technology and plenty of human kindness.

Tanzania goes local on cochlear ops and saves over half a million dollars
Tanzania goes local on cochlear ops and saves over half a million dollars

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Tanzania has claimed major savings and a first in Africa by carrying out its own cochlear implant surgery in a major public hospital.

Sonova "considering hearing aids for the supermarket"?
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Manufacturers

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The Sunday edition of the Swiss newspaper "Neuen Zürcher Zeitung" (NZZ) reported on November 25 that Sonova AG is considering “hearing aids for the supermarket”.

Spain's AICE Awards 2018 honour Audio Infos and Audioenportada
Spain's AICE Awards 2018 honour Audio Infos and Audioenportada

Associations

The AICE Federation (Spanish Association of Cochlear Implant Users) held its annual awards ceremony at a gala evening in Barcelona on November 24.

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New products

Ida Institute's My World tool now available as an appIda Institute's My World tool now available as an app

My World is a free pediatric counseling tool from the Ida Institute designed to help children talk about their hearing loss.  [ ... ]

Dreve highlights at EUHA 2018

At the EUHA 2018, Dreve launched the first and unique 3D direct to print silicone BioTec, which is revolutionizing the digital earmold production.  [ ... ]

Phonak Marvel: exceptional sound quality and universal Bluetooth connectivityPhonak Marvel: exceptional sound quality and universal Bluetooth connectivity

Phonak introduces Marvel - a revolutionary hearing aid family that combines the benefits of exceptional speech understanding and reduced listening effort in noise with the ability to stream all audio content seamlessly from iPhone, Android smartphone [ ... ]