Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to the Culver Lions Club. There were lots of familiar faces which makes that easier. They were pleased to introduce me to the ones I didn’t know. I grew up in Leiters Ford, moving to Culver when I started high school. Leiters Ford was part of the Culver Community School System, so Culver has always been somewhat “home”.
They fed me a nice meal and then I spoke about various things I do and the differences between a Doctor of Audiology and a hearing aid dealer. It was well received and I got lots of good questions. I found out afterwards that there was another audiologist in the group, though she isn’t practicing. Probably best I found that out afterwards! Ha! Sometimes speaking in front of your peers can be daunting… Hopefully I got good marks!
I have given presentations like this to other groups, generally in nursing homes and senior centers. I appreciate the opportunity to educate them about their quality of life options. If you belong to a group that needs a speaker, please don’t hesitate to ask! I can taylor my presentation to your interests and time constraints. In the case of the Lions Club, they were a natural fit. The Lions often help with hearing aid exchanges and other assistance.
Did you see that I won Best Audiologist in Marshall County in the Pilot News contest? Pretty darn cool! Thanks to all of you that voted for me. I’m pretty proud of the award. I took out the ad on the right in the paper to thank voters, but I wanted to thank all of my social media peeps as well.
This was also my first chance to use my new profile picture in the ad. Hopefully you all like my new smiling image! You can see it in color here.
Sadly this fine Irishman is no longer with us, but I’ll always have fond memories of Grandpa Murphy!
This week is Nutrition Awareness Week which is part of March being National Nutrition Month. Who knew?
Last week I told you about a few over the counter drugs that are known to affect your hearing. Did you know that there are foods that can affect your hearing too?
According to Audicus, high levels of omega 3 fats and Vitamin D generally found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, trout or sardines, can have highly positive effects on hearing loss. A regular intake of antioxidants, especially in the form of folic acid commonly found in spinach, asparagus, beans, broccoli, eggs, liver or nuts, can reduce the risk of hearing loss by up to 20%. Magnesium, commonly found in bananas, potatoes, artichokes or broccoli, has been shown to provide additional protection against noise induced hearing loss. You can increase your inner ear’s resistance to the boon of age related hearing loss by keeping a healthy dose of Zinc which can be found in dark chocolate or oysters. Similar to antioxidants, Vitamin C/E act as hearing loss supplements that keep free radicals in check and strengthen your overall immune system, thus reducing the risk of ear infections. The source is easy to find: vegetables (e.g. oranges) and fruits (e.g. bell peppers).
According to Hearingwellnessctr.com, studies confirm that hearing loss and poor nutrition go hand and hand. An Australian study reported on in the Journal of Nutrition, has shown that diets high in sugar and carbohydrates detrimentally impacts hearing. A similar study showed that diets high in cholesterol also contribute to hearing loss normally associated with aging. Cutting out sugary and cholesterol rich foods would be a good start to a hearing fitness plan, but good hearing nutrition doesn’t only take into account what a diet includes, but also what is lacking.
And according to tinnitisjournal.com, gluten sensitivity may contribute to the pathogenesis of tinnitus, though further research is needed to determine the exact role of gluten in this condition.
What does all this mean? There’s a delicate balance of fluids in your inner ear which, like the rest of your organs, can be affected by what you eat. In general, better nutrition is good for your body… which includes your ears!
Nutrition Month Image borrowed from the Gastrointestinal Society.
There are a myriad of things that can adversely affect your hearing. Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen are just a couple of over the counter drugs that may affect your hearing. Another being Aspirin which which is linked to Tinnitus. Always check the side effects and discuss them with your doctor or Audiologist if there is any indication that the drug may be Ototoxic. So you can be on the look out, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has provided a list of ototoxic drugs here.
Thanks to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen for the article on the effects of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen below. You can read more of their work at their website here. Also thanks to The Pilot News where I originally saw this article.
Can you hear me now?
But how do these seemingly harmless meds cause hearing loss? Well, ibuprofen can reduce blood flow to the small, snail-shaped organ in the inner ear called the cochlea. It translates sound into nerve impulses and filters out background noise. A reduced blood flow can kill off cells that help you perceive sound. Acetaminophen may deplete the body of an antioxidant called glutathione, which protects the cochlea from damage by blocking oxidative stress. Aspirin wasn’t associated with such problems.
Ibuprofen also can damage your stomach and gastrointestinal system, raise blood pressure and reduce the benefits of aspirin, which decreases cardiovascular disease and cancer risk. Acetaminophen also can trigger liver problems! So use these pain relievers sparingly. Your alternatives? Meditation, acupuncture, massage, stretching, exercise, a new mattress or cognitive behavioral therapy. Can you hear us now?
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.
Indiana turns 200 today! Proud to be a Hoosier!
It was one year ago yesterday that everyone came out to cut the ribbon and help me with the official opening of Berger Audiology LLC. I still appreciate the help of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce in putting the event together. Having Mayor Senter there and coverage from The Pilot News and WTCA was valuable. It also meant a lot for Dr. Brooks and Dr. Kletzing to come. They were there at the start of my audiology career and having them at the start of this new venture was touching.
Here’s to another year. Today won’t be celebrated in nearly as auspicious a manor, but I continue to appreciate everyone’s support.