Did you know that what you eat affects your hearing health? It’s true! Numerous studies have shown that a healthy diet helps maintain better hearing thresholds. Below are a days worth of meals for your ears.
Let’s start your day off the right way with a powerhouse smoothie. Smoothies are not only extremely high in nutrients, but they’re also tasty treats that are easy to make and easy to take on-the-go when you’re running out the door.
Suggestions for your morning smoothie:
- Bananas: rich in magnesium and also potassium, which is essential in maintaining your body fluids, particularly the fluid in your inner ear.
- Mango: a very flavorful way to get a dose of over 20 vitamins and minerals.
- Kale: this trendy new superfood is unnoticeable in a smoothie, and adds a boatload of antioxidants to the mix.
- Yogurt: contains potassium and magnesium, which has been linked to prevent noise-induced hearing loss by eliminating free radicals caused by loud noises. Free radicals are unstable atoms that are highly reactive and do damage to the body.
- Reinforce the nutrients in your smoothie with a bowl of fortified breakfast cereal or a slice of toast to retrieve the necessary folic acid your hearing needs. Folic acids are essential in your body’s new cell growth and have been linked to sudden sensorineural hearing loss in adults.
Keep your vitamins and minerals in mind when packing your lunch. It’s easy to fall into the fast food habit during the work week, but taking a little extra time each day to plan out your midday meal has wide-ranging benefits, including helping preserve your hearing.
Consider a spinach salad with a tangy vinaigrette. Spinach packs a lot of the aforementioned folic acid necessary for cell regeneration, as well as magnesium and vitamins A, C and K. If you need a little extra energy, toss in dark meat chicken, which is rich in zinc. Zinc boosts the body’s immune system and can help ward off ear infections. Nuts like cashews, almonds and peanuts do this as well, so take a handful to snack on throughout the day.
Pork and beef are also rich in zinc, so end your day with a meal centered around a nice, thick steak or tenderloin. Zinc is also found in oysters, so if you have dinner plans with friends, keep that in mind!
Most vegetables have a healthy supply of vitamins and minerals, so you’re pretty safe to pick the side of your choosing, as long as it came from Momma Nature. Broccoli and potatoes, for instance, are rich in magnesium, folic acid and potassium.
It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you’ve done today to maintain a healthy hearing diet! We’ve whipped up a delicious chocolate treat for you to indulge in. Don’t worry, your ears will still be getting the royal treatment. Did you know one cup of dark baking chocolate can provide up to 85% of your daily recommended zinc? And if that’s not enough, our delicious cupcake recipe also includes flaxseed, which is each tablespoon contains close to 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
Divine dark chocolate cupcakes and frosting
Prep Time: 15-20 minutesCook Time: 15-20 minutes
Yield: 24 cupcakes and frosting
– 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
– 2 cups granulated white sugar
– 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 2 teaspoons baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 tablespoons flaxseed, mixed with 6 tablespoons water
– 1 cup vanilla coconut milk
– 1/2 cup applesauce
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup hot water
– 4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
– 1/2 cup cocoa powder
– 1/2 cup boiling water
– 3 sticks butter, softened
– 1 cup powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium mixing bowl, combines flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Next, add flaxseed and water mixture, vanilla coconut milk, applesauce and vanilla extract. Mix well with a hand or stand mixer. Stir in hot water. Fill muffin pan with cupcake wrappers and spoon chocolate mixture into each cup, filling halfway. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cake is spongy and fluffy.
For the frosting, melt chocolate chips using a double boiler or in the microwave (in a microwave-safe bowl). Stir in cocoa, softened butter and powdered sugar. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip in boiling water until icing is thick and billowy.
Reprinted with permission from www.healthyhearing.com. Please visit their website for the original article “Meals you ears will love”.
We’d like to thank all of our patients and friends for their support throughout the year. We love what we do and enjoy spending time with each and everyone of you. So that we may spend time with our families The Hearing Group will be closing early on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas day and New Year’s Day. We wish our patients and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy and health New Year.
Robbi, Debra, Katie and Lauren
On November 13, 2013 Senators Harkin (D-IA) and Heller (R-NV) introduced the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act, S. 1694, in the Senate. This legislation provides a non-refundable $500 tax credit for the purchase of a hearing aid, or $1,000 if two are needed, once every five years. The legislation is not intended to cover the full cost of hearing aids, but to provide some measure of financial assistance to those who have the greatest need for these devices but are unable to afford them.
This legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1317) on March 31st, 2013 by Representative Tom Latham (R-IA-3). It currently has 24 cosponsors.
I can hear but I don’t understand properly.
Hearing Loss often effects our ability to understand speech. In particular the consonants /P/, /K/, /F/, /H/, or all /T/, /S/ and /SH/ sounds are no longer heard. Learn more: http://www.phonak.com/com/b2c/en/hearing/understanding_hearingloss/how_hearing_loss_sounds.html
We’re moving!!! Visit us in our new office located at 1001 Pleasant Valley Way, Suite 4 West Orange, NJ 07052 beginning June 3, 2013.
Hearing loss is becoming more prevalent in children ages 12-19 due to loud noise exposure. Now New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg is targeting teens who blast their music through their headphones. The Hearing Loss Prevention Campaign will warn teens about losing their hearing by playing their music too loud. Click on the link to read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/06/17212455-2-loud-crew-bloomberg-targets-nyc-teens-who-blast-music-through-their-ear-buds?lite
American Hearing Aid Associates will be holding it’s annual convention in Las Vegas Nevada on February 20-23, 2013. American Hearing Aid Associates is a network of over 2000 audiologists and hearing aid dispensers. We look forward to learning how to continue to help our patients and members of our community with hearing loss.
Katie Brennan is training to become a licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser in the State of New Jersey. Many hours of fittings, cleanings, adjustments and testing are needed to obtain this license. Please stop in to have Katie clean and check your hearing aids during our walk in hours. Congratulations Katie on taking this big step in your career!!
Dr. Hershon, Dr. Knapp and Katie Brennan attended the New Orleans launch of Oticon’s newest, premium hearing instrument: the Alta. Over the 2-day event on January 26th and 27th we learned about this revolutionary new hearing aid. Available in custom, BTE and RITE styles this premium hearing device is fit with the user’s personal listening preferences in mind. This wireless/bluetooth enabled hearing aid will allow the user to hear better in a noisy environment with less effort. Please call The Hearing Group at 973-243-8860 to learn more about this new hearing device and to schedule a demonstration. Visit www.oticonusa.com.
Dr. Robbi Hershon and Dr. Debra Knapp have each contributed a chapter in the upcoming book Big Bold Business: New Jersey Women Mean Business published by Woodpecker Press. Dr. Hershon’s chapter is entitled Cooperative Marketing: A Smart Strategy That Ends Costly Mistakes and gives helpful advise on affordable marketing. Dr. Knapp’s chapter is entitled Ask for referrals: It’s Not as Hard as You Think and advises business owners how to ask for referrals from their database. The book will be available on Amazon starting in June 2012. For more information please visit www.bigboldbusiness.com