Month: January 2015 (page 1 of 2)

Shh! Sound health in 8 steps

According to Sound Consultant Julian Treasure, the increasingly noisy world in which we live is gnawing away at our mental health and may even be taking lives. In his TED talk, he lays out a simple 8-step plan to “soften this sonic assault (starting with those cheap earbuds) and restore our relationship with sound.”

Invest less than 10 minutes and watch this interesting TED talk to learn some things about sound that you may not know and why it’s so important for us to protect out hearing.

Julian Treasure: Shh. Sound health in 8 steps

Here are Julian Treasure’s list of 7 ways you can improve your health with sound. Copy and paste them to a place where you can see them easily or use the beautiful graphic that we created and save to your device.

content by Julian Treasure, photo by Mindseye Studio

content by Julian Treasure, photo by Mindseye Studio

As always, here at ihearingaids, we’re here to help. Call us for any questions about hearing health and hearing aids 855-444-3273. Too shy to call on the phone? No worries…use our contact form!

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Eating For Ear Health – A Recipe

We all know the benefits a healthy diet has on our bodies and our dispositions. Our ear health is no different. There are many nutrients that will support ear health and those nutrients can be found in many different foods.

The top five nutrients for better ear health are:


Omega-3 fatty acids

N-Acetyl Cysteine

Resveratrol and

Vitamin A

Zinc can be found aplenty in seafood, beef, lamb, spinach, and mushrooms (this is not an exhaustive list). Also in many kinds of seafood such as wild salmon we have high levels of quality omega-3s. Anyone who has been reading or watching the news knows that Resveratrol is found in dark chocolate and red grapes (wine and chocolate truffles, anyone? Yes please!!). N-acetyl Cysteine is a lesser known nutrient found in garlic and in pasture-raised chickens. Last, vitamin A is a powerhouse in egg yolks, butter and cream from grass-fed animals, liver from pasture raised animals, and high quality cod liver oil. True vitamin A cannot be obtained from vegetables (you can get precursors to vitamin A in the form of carotenoids but the body must convert them to retinols to be useful and bio-available).

So, let’s eat to our health. Try this simple recipe tonight.

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photo courtesy of

Salmon with Lemon, Garlic, Mushrooms & Spinach

Serves 2

2 salmon steaks or @ ¾ pound salmon filet (preferably wild-caught Alaskan variety)

6 tbls extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil (melted)

juice of one lemon

2-4 cloves garlic, freshly chopped

12 ounces of mushrooms, thinly sliced (variety of your choice)

12-16 ounces fresh spinach leaves, rinsed

sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat your broiler. Place fish on the baking sheet (skin side down if using filets) and drizzle with half the oil. Squeeze half the lemon juice all over then salt and pepper to your liking. Broil for about 10 minutes or until the salmon is cooked to your liking.

While the salmon is cooking, heat remaining oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for about a minute, stirring constantly (let the garlic brown a bit if you like it on the crunchy side, otherwise cook it a little less). Add the mushrooms and cook until soft. Add the spinach all at once. Don’t worry if the pan seems crowded; the spinach will reduce as you stir it around. Squeeze the other lemon half over the spinach.

To serve, divide the spinach and mushrooms on two plates and top with salmon. Serve with a nice red wine and dark chocolate for dessert!

Leave a comment below and let us know how you liked this simple recipe. And, as always, we’re here to help with all your other hearing requirements, too!

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Top Mobile Apps For The Hearing Impaired (and fun ones, too)

The world is changing. Technology is expanding at an exponential pace. It wasn’t that long ago that there were no such things as cell phones or portable music devices. We know that hearing aids have made huge strides in the last 100 years. There are so many cool gadgets, techie devices and mobile apps available today. Many of them are even free!. There are some really cool mobile apps that have benefits to make like a little easier for the hearing impaired (and they weren’t all created specifically for that). Here is a list of a few of our favorites (in no particular order).



ClearCaptions by Purple Communications, Inc. adds free captions to your phone calls, displaying them on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. When you use ClearCaptions with your calls, it’s similar to turning on closed captions for your TV shows; you hear AND read what’s being said.



Captionfish is the Internet’s leading captioned movies search engine that finds open captioned, Rear Window® captioned, foreign/subtitled, and descriptively-narrated movies showing at theaters across the United States and Canada.



TapTap app for iPhone is designed to assist the deaf and hearing impaired in a hearing world; to alert the user when a loud noise has been made near them. TapTap is useful to get your attention from people you can’t see. Simply launch the TapTap app and it will vibrate and flash to notify you that there’s been a loud noise or if someone speaks in your vicinity. Adjust the sensitivity to suit your environment and personal comfort level.


Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. You can also use it to dictate status updates directly to your social networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself.


Speak It!

Speak it! This application talks for you. Write the text and click on the Play button. The program has a TTS engine that will generate voice from the text that your write. With this app you also have the ability to create your own ring-tone and alarm, all you have to do is write the text and set it as your ring-tone. There’s a Home Screen widget that give deaf people more functionality by saving a urgent warning/message on the home screen and all you have to do is take out your phone and press the button.



TED-SUB – You can watch TED talks with subtitles in your language, and you can search using both English and your language. This app also gives you the ability to download TED talks and watch them later without WiFi connection. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

A quick search in the App Store or the Google Play Store will reveal about a million more apps to choose from; some specifically created for the hearing impaired and some not but these six are just the tip of the iceberg.

stupid zombies

Stupid Zombies (more fun than you’d think!)

Okay, they aren’t listed in any particular order but if I had to choose my two faves, I’d go with CaptionFish (because I love going to the movies) and TED-SUB (because I love getting sucked in to a good TED Talk). Let us know what your favorite apps are….even if they aren’t related to hearing (Stupid Zombies, anyone?).

Contact us at iHearingAids if you have any questions about hearing aids for yourself or a loved one…we’d love to help!

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