Finding the Hidden Secret in Hearing Aid Reviews

As hearing loss can become a problem at any age, it is imperative that individuals have regular ongoing hearing tests. Of course, for many, such tests cease when one graduates high school or becomes self-sufficient. After which, one can read through a variety of hearing aid reviews to decide whether one feels more comfortable using a hearing aid or taking supplements to prevent, protect and repair hearing.

However, if one can start taking supplements early enough, often one can prevent such damage. For, it is now been shown that both Vitamin D and Magnesium can help maintain health hearing levels over time. Whereas, it has also been shown that if damage is not severe, both also may have the ability to repair some existing damage.

Whereas, older adults may also not want to admit such problems. For, often it can be a sign of aging which one does not want to accept. However, as there are now nutritional supplements and herbs which can help such age related loss of hearing, such fears are changing.

As such, one may want to read a variety of reviews oneself to find the best products and prices available in relation to such supplements. Although, supplements such as Vitamin D and Magnesium are generally fairly inexpensive and can be found at any local drug store and many grocery stores around the world. Of course, one may find even better prices online, especially if one orders in bulk.

So, by adding a simple capsule of Vitamin D and assuring one ingests enough magnesium on a daily basis, one can both protect and repair some hearing issues. Although, one may also want to continue to have hearing tests performed on an ongoing basis. For, in doing so, one can see if such supplements are working.

Also, most individuals need healthy amounts of Vitamin D and Magnesium, especially older adults who are prone to weak bones and fractures. As such, most doctors concur that taking such supplements is a good idea. However, as one can also have too high levels of such nutrients, one may still want to continue regular check-ups.

More importantly, while there are no known herbal cures to reverse full deafness, often individuals who can hear at some level, find that Vitamin D can repair the issues related to the condition so that one often hears better again in the future.

Whereas, Magnesium or Zinc, a nutrient with even wider applications can also aid in such hearing loss. However, unlike with age related loss of hearing, magnesium has also been proven to aid in restoring hearing loss due to excessive noise. Such noise can include, but is not limited to, military equipment and other noise such as the over amplification of sound at concerts.

Still, one may want to continue such hearing tests over time. For, as one ages, often tiny bones in the ear can crumble and can break due to aging alone. As such, one may want to consider Vitamin D as an option in preventing and repairing such issues.

To this end, whether one is suffering from age related hearing loss or loss of hearing associated with loud noises, there are now supplements which can aid in improving such hearing. As such, one may want to do a variety of hearing aid reviews to see if one is more interested in these new herbal supplements or whether one desires to acquire an old style hearing aid. Whatever the case, as long as one can hear and is happy, then one can use such supplements along with such an aid to prevent additional loss as well as to repair existing issues within the ears.

Excessive Drinking May Effect Hearing

November 24 2010

Excessive alcohol consumption may affect our hearing, new research has found. While many people are aware of the obvious risks associated with binge drinking, it is not commonly known that excessive drinking can cause loss of hearing.

Dr Nina Byrnes, Irish GP and Medical Liaison Officer with Hidden Hearing – the Irish hearing healthcare provider – explained that studies have shown that high alcohol consumption over a long period of time can result in damage to the central auditory cortex of the brain and may lead to brain shrinkage. As the damage to the auditory nerves adds up, even moderate drinkers may risk nerve damage and hearing loss.

Researchers from the University of Ulm in Germany tested both heavy and social drinkers’ Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials (BAEP) levels, by testing the level of damage in the part of the brain that enables one to hear. The results indicated that drinking affects the ability to hear.

The research shows that alcohol can result in brain damage, but the quantity of alcohol and the length of time needed to accomplish this remains unknown. Although the ears may continue to function perfectly, the brain is no longer able to process the sounds.

The study also shows that people who suffer from alcoholism may suffer damage within their ears.

The high levels of alcohol in the bloodstream can create a toxic environment known as ototoxicity, which can damage the delicate hair cells in the cochlea. “We all know that alcohol can cause nerve and brain damage. However, this new research suggesting the link between alcohol and hearing loss is very interesting and would warrant further investigation,” said Dr Byrnes. “As people’s ability to hear reduces, it can often lead to other problems, such as less social interaction, lack of confidence, depression and irritability.”

A previous British study has shown that alcohol and noise can cause temporary hearing loss. All of the participants in one study were found to have temporary hearing loss.

Researchers also believe that a regular ingestion of alcohol may lead to permanent hearing loss in the long term.


Source: AudiologyTalk

Hearing Loss Linked to Passive Smoking





People who are exposed to the second-hand smoke from others’ cigarettes are at increased risk of hearing loss, experts believe.

Doctors already know that people who smoke can damage their hearing.

The latest study in the journal Tobacco Control, involving more than 3,000 US adults, suggests the same is true of passive smoking.

Experts believe tobacco smoke may disrupt blood flow in the small vessels of the ear.

This could starve the organ of oxygen and lead to a build up of toxic waste, causing damage.

The harm is different to that caused by noise exposure or simple ageing.

In the study, the researchers from the University of Miami and Florida International University looked at the hearing test results of 3,307 non-smoking volunteers – some who were ex-smokers and some who had never smoked in their lifetime. The tests measured range of hearing over low, mid and high noise frequencies.

To assess passive smoke exposure, the volunteers had their blood checked for a byproduct of nicotine, called cotinine, which is made when the body comes into contact with tobacco smoke.

This revealed that people exposed to second-hand smoke were far more likely to have poorer hearing than others, and to a degree where they might struggle to follow a conversation in the presence of background noise.

Passive smoking increased their risk of hearing loss across all sound frequencies by about a third.

Dr David Fabry, who led the research, said: “We really do not know exactly how much smoke you need to be exposed to in order to be at increased risk. But we do know that the threshold for damage is very low.

“Really, the safe level of exposure is no exposure.”

Dr Ralph Holme, head of biomedical research at the RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf People), said: “We already knew from our own research that regular active smoking is a significant risk factor leading to hearing loss and this new study is important as it highlights the increased risks posed by passive smoking too.

“Hearing loss can often be very frustrating and lead to social isolation, if not quickly addressed.

“Before you next light up a cigarette, consider how it could impact not only on your own long-term hearing but your friends’ and relatives’ too.”

“Before you next light up a cigarette, consider how it could impact not only on your own long-term hearing but your friends’ and relatives’ too.”

Dr Ralph HolmeRNID


Take steps to prevent deafness





Monday November 15 2010

Loud sounds destroy the ear’s sensory nerve cells and sometimes it’s so gradual you don’t even notice it.

Although you can’t repair this damage, you can preserve what you have left.

The golden rule is if you’re in a noisy room where you have to raise your voice to be heard by someone three feet away, then it’s too loud.

Play your iPod on the lowest volume that’s audible to protect yourself against further damage.

Irish Independent


Hearing loss warning to diabetes sufferers

By Sarah Stack, PA

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Diabetes sufferers were today urged to have hearing tests after it emerged people with the condition are twice as likely to suffer deafness.

Dr Nina Byrnes warned hearing checks are not yet an established part of regular care for more than 200,000 Irish people living with diabetes.

The GP, a medical liaison officer with healthcare provider Hidden Hearing, said diabetes sufferers have a serious risk of losing their hearing.

“It is vital that people living with diabetes are aware of diabetes-related hearing loss so they take action to better preserve both their hearing health and quality of life,” she said.

“While diabetic patients receive regular vision check-ups, having their hearing checked is also essential, given the increased risks.”

To mark World Diabetes Day, Hidden Hearing free hearing screening checks will be given at its 60 branches and the firm’s mobile hearing clinic which will visit Clare, Longford, Leitrim and Cavan throughout the week.


Over 40% of Farmers in Ireland are at risk of Hearing Loss



Over 40% of farmers in Ireland are at risk of hearing loss because they don’t wear ear protection when operating loud machinery.

That’s according to a survey conducted by private healthcare firm Hidden Hearing.


Over 50% of participants in the hearing screening test had some degree of hearing loss.

The survey conducted at Hidden Hearing’s mobile hearing clinic at the recent National Ploughing Championships revealed the extent of hearing loss concerns and problems amongst the farming community.

Of the 200 people who participated in the hearing test and survey, the majority of whom were of working age, 77% of farmers said they were concerned about their hearing. Many had yet to act on those concerns as 85% of respondents said they had never had a hearing test before despite experiencing hearing loss symptoms.

Over 50% of participants in the hearing screening test had some degree of hearing loss and were recommended to have a full hearing test. A potential explanation for the hearing loss symptoms were discovered as over 40% never wear adequate hearing protection when operating loud machinery and 49% commenting that they only wore protective equipment occasionally.

Commenting on the results, Dr Nina Byrnes, Medical Liaison Officer with Hidden Hearing, said: “The survey results reveal the extent to which people aren’t taking adequate steps to protect their hearing or having their hearing checked, particularly if they are experiencing hearing loss symptoms.

“Ignoring hear loss can not only be detrimental for your hearing health but can lead to other health problems and can seriously reduce your quality of life,” added Dr Byrnes.

Asked about which sound of the countryside they would miss the most if they lost their hearing, the farmers said they would miss the sound of bird song, the sound of lambs mewing or cows lowing.