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Say What?

saywhatJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Following arthritis and hypertension, age-related hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical health issue among older adults. Medically known as presbycusis, this type of hearing loss affects one in three adults aged 62 and older. Slow and steady age-related hearing loss most often occurs in both ears, generally happening so gradually that it can go unnoticed for a time. Common causes include changes to the inner or middle ear, injury or infections, or changes to the nerve pathways between the ear and the brain. Genetic makeup, congenital abnormalities, chemotherapy, and medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension may result in hearing loss. Some hearing loss may also be associated with micronutrient deficiencies.

Conducted hearing loss, a condition in which sound is not conducted efficiently through the outer ear canal to the ear drum, can sometimes be corrected surgically or medically. However, most hearing loss, whether mild, moderate or severe is permanent. Currently, hearing assisted technology, such as hearing aids, telephone amplifiers and TV listening devices, are frequently used to improve hearing. Oftentimes, people who experience hearing loss have both age-related and noise-induced conditions. Alarmingly, noise-induced hearing loss now affects the younger population as well. Statistics show that almost 15% of children aged 6 – 19 have some degree of hearing loss.

Long term exposure to loud noises can damage the sensory hair cells in the ear that make hearing possible. Once damaged, the ability to hear is diminished and does not return.

  • Sudden noise-induced hearing loss may be caused by short bursts of explosive noise such as from fireworks or explosions.
  • Over time, those who work in certain noisy occupations, such as construction workers, landscapers, musicians, airport workers and, especially, military personnel, may eventually experience mild to severe hearing loss.
  • Exposure to recreational sustained loud noise, such as listening to earsplitting music through ear buds, is believed to be the main reason that adolescents and teens are experiencing hearing loss.

Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. Avoid potentially damaging situations where:

  • You have to shout in order to be heard by a nearby person.
  • The noise is so loud that it actually hurts your ears.
  • Normal hearing does not return until several hours after noise exposure.
  • You develop a ringing (tinnitus) or buzzing sound in your ears, an indication that some sensory hair cells have died and some hearing loss has occurred.

We have become so accustomed to noise from traffic, household appliances, airplanes passing overhead or even the alarm clock, that we may not notice the constant noise barrage. Noise reduction techniques can help to reduce hearing loss.

  • Turn off the TV or radio when not in active use.
  • Protect your ears in the workplace. Block the noise with earplugs or specially designed earmuffs that bring down the volume, while still allowing you to hear.
  • Turn down the volume when listening to music or watching TV.
  • Take breaks from loud noise during recreational activities to protect your hearing.
  • When possible, avoid situations where you know hearing damage is likely to occur.

In the case of older adults, sometimes the inability to hear properly may be mistaken for signs of age-related cognitive problems. If you have experienced hearing loss, make sure to let friends and family know. Ask people to speak directly to you without shouting. People do not need to speak more slowly, just more clearly. Reduce background noise to make it easier to hear when people are speaking and ask them to face you when they speak. In public, such as a restaurant or gathering, try to find a quiet place to talk, away from the noisiest areas. See a doctor to ensure hearing loss is not attributable to ear wax buildup, and consider being fitted for hearing aids, as getting treatment can dramatically improve quality of life.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products to support ear and overall health:

Citrus-Q10 100 mg ...Citrus-Q10 100 mg by Douglas Laboratories – Essential for the health of all tissues and organs, CoQ10 deficiency is associated with a higher risk of hearing loss. CoQ10 may improve tinnitus, which often accompanies hearing loss. These citrus flavored chewables provide 100 mg of natural CoQ10 per tablet. Gluten, soy and dairy free, vegan formulation.

Magnesium (citrate)Magnesium (citrate) by Pure Encapsulations – Magnesium helps to protect the nerves and the hair cells of the inner ear from free radical damage, and provides a protective effect against noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus, both associated with magnesium deficiency. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Vitamin A 10,000 I.U...Vitamin A 10,000 IU by Vital Nutrients – Vitamin A sufficiency may play a preventative and therapeutic role in helping to allay tinnitus and age-related hearing loss. Vitamin A deficiency may result in a decline in the number of sensory cells in the inner ear. Sourced from fish oil.

Vitamin A 10,000 I.U...Active B-Complex by Integrative Therapeutics – B vitamins promote healthy ear functioning and help to reduce ear pressure. B vitamin sufficiency is associated with increased circulation, providing oxygen to critical nerve cells, and may be therapeutic for acute noise-induced hearing loss. Gluten, soy and dairy free, vegetarian formulation.

N-Acetyl-Cysteine...N-Acetyl-Cysteine Capsules by Designs for Health – NAC may be helpful in protecting the cochlea from sudden noise-induced hearing loss. Controlled studies have shown that NAC may help protect hair cells from damage due to excessive noise, reducing hearing loss. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Prevention of Hearing Loss. http://www.hearingloss.org/content/prevention-hearing-loss
Age-Related Hearing Loss. https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/age-related-hearing-loss
Presbycusis (Age-Related Hearing Loss). http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Hearing_Loss_Communication_Strategies_for_Family_and_Friends/hic-presbycusis-age-related-hearing-loss
Top 10 tips to help protect your hearing. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/hearing-problems/Pages/tips-to-protect-hearing.aspx
Preventing Hearing Loss. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hearing-impairment/Pages/Prevention.aspx
Basic Facts About Hearing Loss. http://www.hearingloss.org/content/basic-facts-about-hearing-loss
How To Recognize Hearing Loss. http://hearinghealthfoundation.org/how-to-recognize-hearing-loss


Nutrients for a Healthy Life

NutrientsHealthyLifeJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Good health requires good nutrition, exercise, a little sunshine and an overall healthy lifestyle. Nutritious healthy food is abundant in our society, yet many continue to eat nutrient poor processed and fast foods. This makes for a very unhealthy diet, lacking in the essential nutrients necessary for optimal wellness and contributes to our over-fed but undernourished society.  Nutrients are involved in all bodily processes, and while all nutrients have specific functions, they work together to support health and wellness. Nutrient deficiencies affect bodily functions and processes at the most basic cellular level, including fluid balance, enzyme functions, nerve signaling, metabolism, digestion, brain function, and growth and development. Long term deficiencies can affect both physical and mental health and contribute to overall unhealthy aging.

As trillions of cells rely on vitamins and minerals to create energy, it’s not surprising that fatigue is one of the first signs of deficiencies. According to the Harvard Health Publications, The Truth About Vitamins and Minerals, most Americans are not eating healthy enough diets to provide optimal levels of a range of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Children, young women, the elderly, and vegetarians are at the highest risk of several deficiencies. Malnutrition, malabsorption, medications, medical conditions and aging all contribute to nutrient deficiencies. In addition, excessive physical activity, smoking, alcohol and sedentary habits all negatively impact micronutrient demands.

The most common nutrient deficiencies include:

Vitamin D – Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in all age groups, especially in those who chose to avoid any sun exposure or use topical sunscreens, which block vitamin D production. By some estimates, up to half of the general population is either deficient or at risk of deficiency. Low levels of vitamin D are linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, bone disease and peripheral artery disease. To optimize your vitamin D levels practice sensible sun exposure, include some vitamin D enriched foods and supplement with vitamin D3.

Vitamin K2 – Vitamin K2 works in conjunction with vitamin D3. Neither one can do a proper job without the other. Working synergistically with magnesium and calcium, vitamin K2 plays an important role in bone and heart health. In addition to being responsible for bone building, vitamin K is necessary for the health of arteries and blood vessels and plays a role in tissue renewal and growth. A deficiency can lead to heart disease and osteoporosis. Animal products such as eggs and some cheeses and fermented foods such as natto are good food sources of vitamin K2. If you are taking anticoagulant medication, consult a healthcare provider before supplementing with vitamin K2.

Calcium – Critical to heart, muscle and nerve function, calcium is essential to every cell. Low calcium intake is common in young women and the elderly, where it can affect bone health and lead to osteoporosis. Calcium intake should be balanced with vitamin D, K2 and magnesium to ensure that calcium is used correctly by the body. Excessive calcium intake is never recommended. Calcium can be found in dairy products, fish and dark green leafy veggies.

Magnesium – Essential for heart, muscle and overall health, magnesium deficiency is linked to a higher risk of both high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Magnesium aids heart muscle function, keeps it running smoothly and maintains a proper balance of other minerals to aid heart health. Studies show less than half the population has sufficient magnesium intake. Low magnesium levels are associated with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and osteoporosis. Symptoms of deficiency include muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome, fatigue and abnormal heart rhythm. Dietary sources include whole grains, almonds, and leafy green vegetables.

Vitamin B12 – Vitamin B12 is necessary for red blood cell formation, neurological function, DNA synthesis, and homocysteine metabolism, as well as energy metabolism. Causes of insufficiency include dietary deficiency, malabsorption due to gastrointestinal disorders and pernicious anemia, a condition in which people lack intrinsic factor, a compound necessary for B12 absorption and utilization. B12 is found naturally in animal products and fortified foods. Older adults, along with vegans, and vegetarians, especially those who may be pregnant or lactating vegetarians, are at risk of deficiencies and should consult with a healthcare provider regarding B12 supplementation.

Antioxidants – Vitamins C and E, selenium and CoQ10 are chemical compounds that address free radicals and oxidative stress. These nutrients support mitochondrial energy production and help to protect vital organs, including the heart, lungs and brain, that are vulnerable to oxidative injury. An unhealthy lifestyle, aging and malabsorption issues are linked to antioxidant deficiency. Be sure your diet includes an array of fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains and healthy protein each day.

Professional Supplement Center offers exclusive, patented micronutrient testing, not only to measure the level of selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential micronutrients, but also to determine whether nutrients are being absorbed and are properly functioning within the body.

Comprehensive Nutritional Panel by Spectracell LaboratoriesComprehensive Nutritional Panel by Spectracell Laboratories – This micronutrient test kit measures the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids and amino acids to give an accurate analysis of deficiencies. This test includes a complimentary post-test consultation with our Registered Nurse to review the results.

D3 5000™ by Metagenics®D3 5000™ by Metagenics® – This product supplies 5000 IU of a highly absorbable form of vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol in a dosage intended to quickly replenish vitamin D status. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.


Vitamin K2 with D3 by Ortho MolecularVitamin K2 with D3 by Ortho Molecular – This comprehensive and synergistic formula promotes natural bone building processes and provides support for calcium metabolism, healthy bone density, and bone strength. Gluten free.


Calcium with Vitamins D and K2 by Dr. MercolaCalcium with Vitamins D and K2 by Dr. Mercola – This product provides highly bioavailable elemental calcium, along with clinically supported vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol in support of balanced bone strength and increased bone density levels.


Magnesium (citrate) by Pure EncapsulationsMagnesium Citrate by Pure Encapsulations – Each capsule provides 150 mg of highly bioavailable magnesium chelate in support of healthy bones, cardiovascular health, energy production and nutrient metabolism. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.


B12-Active™ CHERRY by Integrative TherapeuticsB12-Active™ Cherry by Integrative Therapeutics – These naturally flavored chewable tablets provide B12 as methylcobalamin, a highly bioavailable, readily useable form, in support of fast-acting energy support.


BioProtect (Full Spectrum Antioxidant Supplement) by Biotics ResearchBioProtect™ by Biotics Research – This full spectrum antioxidant formula provides antioxidant vitamins, minerals, CoQ10 and amino acids in support of addressing oxidative stress, free radical protection, and prevention of muscle soreness after exercise. Gluten free.


CDC’s Second Nutrition Report. http://www.cdc.gov/nutritionreport/pdf/4page_%202nd%20nutrition%20report_508_032912.pdf
7 Nutrient Deficiencies That Are Incredibly Common. https://authoritynutrition.com/7-common-nutrient-deficiencies/
Micronutrients: Common Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency States. http://www.nutritionmd.org/consumers/general_nutrition/micronutrients_deficiency.html
Vitamin B12. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-HealthProfessional/
The Truth About Vitamins and Minerals. Harvard Health Publications, Boston, MA. 2012
3 Top Nutritional Deficiencies as Fatigue Causes. http://universityhealthnews.com/daily/energy/3-top-nutritional-deficiencies-as-fatigue-causes/