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Hearing Health Studies - The Flu and a Healthy Diet

Do you suffer from seasonal colds? Are you maintaining a healthy diet?

Flu and hearing impairment go hand in hand. It's the season for flu to commence, however, have you ever considered the impact coughing and congestion can have on otherwise healthy ears. Flu season may cause damage to your hearing health, you may have heard of "hearing loss after cold", there are two conditions which may occur; conductive hearing loss or sensorineural.

There are many different types of hearing loss, conductive hearing loss is the most common and happens when sound waves are blocked from the inner ear due to sinus issues or other related flu symptoms. The ears, nose and throat are all connected and result in a buildup of fluid in the nose or sinuses that restricts sound waves to the inner ear when you have flu. Once healthy again, the temporary fluid and pressure will decrease and your hearing will go back to normal, however, if it does not, you should get it looked at. 

Unfortunately, sensorineural hearing loss can do permanent damage to ears, so it’s best to be aware of signs and symptoms as they arise. It can cause sudden unexpected loss of most or all of hearing in one or both ears, as a result of the flu virus attacking delicate parts of the inner ear. It can cause damage and inner ear problems to nerves and hair cells which transmit sound signals to the brain. This should be treated immediately by a doctor, commonly with steroids. Some may ask you to wait it out, unfortunately, when the damage is done the effects are permanent. It’s crucial to see a hearing specialist if you notice sudden hearing damage during flu.

If you are concerned about hearing problems, simply book a hearing test today and speak with a qualified audiologist at one of our clinics. 

To find out more, read the article below:  

Can Flu Season Damage Your Hearing Health?

Whether it’s the onset of hay fever or just your typical head cold, the end-of-winter, start-of-spring season can wreak havoc on even the healthiest immune system.

We all appreciate how a healthy diet contributes to overall healthiness and happiness, however, does it really reduce the risk of hearing loss?

Research studies have shown great news in the hearing care industry, that eating a healthy diet can decrease the risk of hearing loss for women. Researchers monitored the diets of 81,818 women for 22 years. They found that women who followed specific diets ended up with a lower chance of hearing loss.

If you follow the Alternate Mediterranean Diet (AMED) and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), it lowers the risk of hearing loss by 30%, compared to women who did not follow either diet. 

In summary, both diets together included an array of healthy vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, grains, extra virgin olive oil, low-fat dairy, low sodium and a moderate intake of alcohol.

Read more about how the author of the study, Sharon Curhan, MD and epidemiologist in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital explains the benefits of eating well and the relationship between diet and hearing health.

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Hearing Health Studies - The Flu and a Healthy Diet