Have you heard? May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). Designated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1927, BHSM was formed to raise awareness for hearing loss and speech disorder. Each year they offer a different campaign theme.

This 2014 theme is “Communications Disorders are Treatable” and aims to help “Identify the Signs” of communication disorders, especially in children.

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

That couldn’t be a more truthful statement. Food doesn’t just affect the appearance of our bodies it also affects the functions. Your hearing can be greatly impacted by the foods you eat. If decreasing your chances of hearing loss by eating delicious, healthy foods doesn’t sound like a win-win, I don’t know what does.

If you regularly read our blog posts or follow us on Facebook, you may have noticed that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and how to prevent it, is a running theme. As they say, “An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.” Your ears are fragile; exposure to loud sounds often results in permanent hearing loss.

Researchers from Stanford School of Medicine offer hope that it may not be permanent. They’ve discovered a possible “window for treatment” in their study with a mouse model. Loud sounds, once thought to permanently destroy the delicate cochlea, are now believed to damage the hair and nerve cells that send sound signals to the brain. If immediate treatment with anti-inflammatory medications is administered, the damage is limited.

Did you know that farmers have the second-highest rate of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)? Only the construction industry is more dangerous to hearing health.
NIHL is caused from repeated exposure to sounds louder than 85 decibels (dB). There aren't many tasks related to farming that don't involve being around loud machinery.

Happy New Year!

Around this time, everyone starts making promises to themselves. You might resolve to lose weight. Maybe this is the year you decide to stop smoking. Or maybe your resolution is smaller, like remembering to tell your kids you love them before leaving the house every day.

All of those are great things to strive for this year. But you might be overlooking another important change.