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Healthy hearing habits you can add to your COVID-19 self-quarantine regime

As we are all huddled in our homes during this time of uncertainty, we have heard the advice from all the experts of how to maintain our overall health. Our doctors have repeatedly advised us to wash our hands thoroughly. Our fitness instructors have encouraged us to maintain heart health through some easy at-home workouts. Even our favorite chefs have launched some fun ways to spruce up our kitchen skills. But when thinking of your overall health, do you ever include your hearing?

Research from the National Institute on Deafness, states that one in eight people in the United States aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in one or both ears. With these statistics, and this time on our hands, here is some advice from the experts that can help you test and exercise your hearing.

Test your hearing with these apps

Sick of playing Candyland? Get the whole family involved in testing their hearing. This is just a small sample of the hearing app tests available - check your app store for more!

uHear - free for Apple users

  • assess your hearing in less than 5 minutes

  • tests hearing sensitivity to determine if it is within the normal range

  • measures speech to noise to test your ability understand speech in noisy environments

  • asks a series of questions regarding your hearing ability in common listening situations

Mimi Hearing Test - free for Apple users

  • understandable results in 6 minutes.

  • analyzes and explores your hearing ability

  • tracks your hearing so you can see how your hearing has changed over time

  • reminds you to regularly take another test

Hearing Test - free for Android users

  • quick results

  • basic hearing examination using frequency toning

  • determines your degree of hearing loss in relation to the sound frequency

  • consists in determining the quietest sound that you are able to hear

Kids Hearing Game - free for Android users

  • interactive games determines hearing loss in children aged 4-10.

  • translates data to a professional chart for visit to Audiologist.

Eat right, now!

In one of our previous blogs we identified the four major vitamins and minerals that can directly impact our hearing health - potassium, folic acid, magnesium and zinc. In knowing and understanding their importance to our hearing health, we have compiled a list of the food that are high in each for your next shopping trip. If your grocery store is as bare as ours you may need to have some substitutes on hand to fill your fridge and pantries.

Foods high in potassium

  • Apricots, bananas, cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew, and oranges

  • dried fruits (prunes, raisins, and dates)

  • Broccoli

  • Leafy greens (kale, collared greens, spinach, swiss chard)

  • Zucchini

  • Peas

  • Cucumbers

  • Eggplant

  • Pumpkins

  • Potatoes/sweet potatoes

  • Mushrooms

Foods high in folic acid

  • Leafy greens (kale, collared greens, spinach, swiss chard)

  • Citrus fruits(oranges, mandarins, grapefruit)

  • Beans

  • Bread (whole wheat)

  • Cereals

  • Rice

  • Pasta

Foods high in magnesium

  • Fish (salmon, halibut, mackerel, pollock)

  • Leafy greens (kale, collared greens, spinach, swiss chard)

  • Edamame

  • Tamarind

  • Potato with skin

  • Okra

Foods high in zinc

  • Meat (beef, lamb, pork)

  • Shellfish (crab, shrimp, oysters, mussels)

  • Legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans)

  • Seeds (hemp, squash, pumpkin, sesame)

  • Nuts (pine nuts, peanuts, cashews, almonds)

  • Dairy (milk and cheese)

  • Eggs

  • Whole grains (wheat, quinoa, rice, oats)

  • Dark chocolate (70-85%)

Yoga party

Yoga is an effective complementary treatment for ear problems and hearing loss. According to a study in the Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy, yoga can provide improvements to hearing loss or at the very least - improve your quality of life. According to research, certain yoga poses like downward dog, cobra, and tree may all help increase circulation in your ear and brain, which helps eliminate toxins in the body. In addition, increased circulation from yoga may increase blood flow to the cochlea thus preventing neurotransmitter damage.

Since studio yoga is out of the question, right now why not check out some of these free YouTube yoga sessions? Individuals of any age may participate!

Meditation nation

It may be prudent to meditate now more than ever. Self-isolation and mandated quarantines have left people feeling trapped, and like the days have all just mashed together, and what day is it? While there is not one all-encompassing way of 'getting out of ourselves', meditation has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self-awareness and mindfulness. Additionally, in a study from the Hearing Review - "those who meditated have an increased thickness of gray matter in parts of the brain responsible for attention compared to those who do not meditate".

Meditation takes practice! Work on thickening your gray matter by trying out one of these free guided meditation sessions. If you have children, we understand the difficulty in getting them to sit still for even a moment, Cosmic Kids Yoga has an outstanding guided meditation for kids. Enjoy!

See you soon, neighbor

In the state of Massachusetts, we have a tentative date for when we will be able to return to our regularly scheduled programming. We cannot overlook that this pandemic has changed our world and our lives forever. We can joke about having cleaned every spot in our homes - twice, and how we've binged too many shows on Netflix, and how we haven't worn pants in days, but we must be diligent in taking care our ourselves and our loved ones. When all is done, our communities will not be the same. Lets be there for each other.

Although we are closed until April 7th (tentatively) if you have any questions, please call our office at 508-385-5222. We will be checking our voicemail periodically, and do our best to get back to you.

Please stay safe and healthy.

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Advanced Audiology Associates, Inc. is a full-service hearing care practice. We can provide physician-ordered diagnostic hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations and consultations, advanced hearing aid technology, hearing aid accessories, batteries, and assistive listening devices.

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