Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 23rd 2017 Contents ficulty hearing but not do anything about
it, or they may start down the road to find
information about hearing loss and treat-
It's important for women to know about
the tremendous advances in hearing aid
technology in recent years. Given that
there is so much emerging research on the
connection between hearing loss and oth-
er significant health issues, it makes sense
for people to talk with their doctors about
hearing loss sooner rather than later.
Women have so much to gain by address-
ing their hearing loss early. And so do the
people in their lives. Not only do 94 per
cent of women make healthcare decisions
for themselves, but 59 per cent of all wom-
en---whether or not they're married or have
children---make healthcare decisions for
others as well, research from the Center
for Talent Innovation shows.
Given the wide circle of influence that
women have, when a woman takes hearing
health and hearing loss seriously, it has the
potential to benefit many others too.
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The US-based Better Hearing Institute (BHI)
is urging women of all ages to talk about hearing
health with their doctors---a topic often over-
looked in the discussion on women's health.
Studies link unaddressed hearing loss to other
serious health issues, including depression,
dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease,
moderate chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid
arthritis, sleep apnea, and an increased risk of
falls and hospitalisation. Research also shows
that when people address hearing loss, it often
has a positive impact on their quality of life.
During National Women's Health Week (May 14-
20), which is an American observance led by the US
Department of Health and Human Services Office on
Women's Health, the BHI invited people to take a free,
confidential online hearing check at BetterHearing.org
to determine if they needed a comprehensive hearing
test by a hearing healthcare professional.
Hearing loss affects women of all ages. BHI research
shows that about one in 13 US women in their 40s say
they already have hearing difficulty, along with one
in ten women in their 50s, and one in eight in their
60s. The numbers rise sharply from there, but across
all age groups, about one in 11 women (18 and older)
have hearing loss in the US, BHI research indicates.
The good news is that when women address hearing
loss, they tend to see improvements in their qual-
ity of life. In fact, most women who wear hearing
aids say it's true. They see a notable improvement
in their overall quality of life, their overall ability to
communicate and participate in group activities, and
they're especially likely to see improvements show
up at work---specifically, in their work performance
What's more, most women who buy hearing aids say
they'd recommend them to a family member or friend
with hearing problems. That includes women who buy
them in middle age (40-59). At least 90 per cent of
women in this age group said they would recommend
them. Women of all ages even say they're happy with
the look of their hearing aids---at least eight out of ten
female hearing aid users surveyed said so.
The reality is, most people tend to address hearing
loss in stages. They may notice they're having dif-
There's a straightforward way to live longer
after being diagnosed with advanced cancer and
it doesn't involve chemotherapy or surgery. It's
just eating right and exercising more, doctors
Cancer survivors who followed standard American
Cancer Society guidelines for healthy living were 42
per cent less likely to die than similar survivors who
didn't, researchers found.
"We found that patients who maintain a healthy
body weight, engage in regular physical activity, and
eat a diet rich in vegetables and whole grains and low
in red meats and processed meats did better and sur-
vived longer than those who didn't," said Dr Erin Van
Blarigan of the University of California, San Francisco,
who led the study.
It may sound simple, but it's obviously not easy
for cancer patients, Van Blarigan said.
"The people who were adhering to the guidelines in
our seven-year follow-up period, 20 per cent died,"
Van Blarigan said. "But in the group where people
were not adhering to the guidelines, 35 per cent died."
There was another surprise in the study. Dr Tem-
idayo Fadelu of Massachusetts General Hospital and
Harvard Medical School and colleagues looked spe-
cifically at whether the colon cancer patients ate nuts.
"We observed that nut consumption was associ-
ated with disease-free survival and overall survival,"
Fadelu told reporters.
Hardly any patients managed it, but those who did
manage to eat at least two servings a week of tree nuts
were also 42 per cent less likely to die in the seven
years, Fadelu and colleagues found. Peanuts, which are
legumes, did not affect people's survival. (NBC News)
Healthy habits help
Women should check for hearing loss
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