QUIET, PLEASE

Women's Health Australia - - DISCUSS - Source: Otol­o­gist Su­jana S. Chan­drasekhar

Sigh. The fun stuff in life (con­certs, rag­ing fit­ness classes, buzzy restau­rants) is no party for your ears. Even one night of loud, on­go­ing noise ex­po­sure can cause dam­age. Here’s how to stop it, stat.

Sprin­kle less salt Women whose eat­ing most re­sem­bles a Mediter­ranean diet (high in pro­duce, EVOO; and low in sodium, red meat) have a 30 per cent lower risk for mod­er­ate or se­vere hear­ing loss, ac­cord­ing to new re­search pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Nutri­tion. It’s all about cir­cu­la­tion. Cut back on the cof­fee (yes, re­ally!) Caf­feine con­stricts blood ves­sels, which can harm those in your ears. Even cut­ting down from a few daily cups of java to one can help. Sip wa­ter in­stead: de­hy­dra­tion can un­bal­ance ear flu­ids. Lis­ten in in­ter­vals For ev­ery hour or two of mu­sic, spend at least 30 min­utes at quiet or nor­mal sound lev­els so cells can re­pair. Tun­ing in? Try Audeara head­phones ($499). Made by docs, they tai­lor sound to suit your hear­ing pro­file.

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