For the over 29 million Americans who have diabetes, it is important to consider the impact of elevated blood-glucose levels on their hearing. In this episode of NYHD | Thrive, Dr. Craig Kasper discusses the importance of regular hearing assessment for anyone managing diabetes.

Living in an urban environment, noise is always around us. Planes, trains and automobiles contribute to the cacophony. But does the noise in our environment actually have a negative impact on our health and well-being? In episode 1 of NYHD | Thrive, get the facts on how noise impacts your sleep, physiology and cognitive ability. (NOTE: Information in this video was taken from a presentation I gave at the 92 St Y in Manhattan, March 2015.)

Healthy hearing allows us to lead healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. The unfortunate reality is that we often take this vital sense that connects us to the world for granted.

Here are some facts:
1) Did you know that 65% of people who have hearing loss are under the age of 65? Hearing loss is not an “old age” thing.
2) Did you also know that noise-induced hearing loss is the number one preventable cause of hearing loss?
3) For most of us once our hearing has started to decline, there is no medicine or surgery that can fix it.
4) Aside from chronic ringing in the ears, untreated hearing loss has been linked to feelings of isolation and depression, loss of income, and even Alzheimer’s.

This February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, why not show a little love for those floppy things on the side of your head? Our practice is proud to launch the “I Love My Hearing” campaign. This is a small effort to raise some awareness about the importance of keeping our ears in top shape.

This is what we’d love for you to do to help us spread the word:
1) Visit and print out our “I Love My Hearing” sign (or you can print from the PDF link below)
2) Take a selfie holding the sign to show your support
3) Post your picture on Twitter and use the hashtag #LoveMyHearing

Just for helping out, each week during the month of February, we’ll randomly choose one person who will win some great healthy hearing prizes including hearing protection and sound-isolating earphones. If you’re in the NYC area, we’ll even customize them for you.

Thank you for your support! With your help, we’ll make a tiny dent in the universe by educating everyone about the importance of healthy hearing. Spread the Love…NYHD I Love My Hearing Campaign

Coffhaus3Noise is all around us. It can be disturbing or even lead to hearing loss as well as chronic stress-related health issues. But is it possible that certain noises can actually be beneficial to your creative process?

A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research examined how ambient noise affects creativity. Researcher Ravi Mehta conducted experiments which revealed that moderate ambient noise (70 decibels) versus low levels of ambient noise (50 decibels) enhanced performance on creative tasks. Once the level of the noise reached 85 decibels, creativity was negatively affected. To put the levels of noise into perspective, 50 decibels approximates to quiet speech and 85 decibels is the level at which we start to become concerned about hearing damage from the noise.

Enter, a start up founded by Justin Kauszler, to provide the world with a “mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee house”. Kauszler’s site provides the sounds of the coffee house and you provide the music from your computer. It’s suggested that the level of your music is just barely louder than Coffitivity for best results. Like Mehta’s study, Coffitivity claims that the right level of ambient noise is just what you need to get the creative juices flowing.

red-wine-glass-aIn a recent study published in the journal Otolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery, researchers from the Henry Ford Health System in
Michigan have identified yet another potential reason you might consider
drinking a glass of red wine every night.

Michael Seidman, MD and his colleagues conducted a study to
determine the impact resveratrol (an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
found in grapes and red wine) has on reducing the potential of noise-induced
hearing loss.

In this particular study, the researchers exposed two groups
of rats to loud noise. One group of the rats was given a resveratrol
supplement, the other was not. The study’s outcomes expressed the fact that the
resveratrol treated rats demonstrated less COX-2 protein expression following
the noise exposure. COX-2 is believed to be part of the mechanism that leads to
noise-induced hearing loss. Seidman and his colleagues report that these
findings indicate that resveratrol might have a hearing protective ability by
reducing COX-2 expression.

But before you choose a bottle of red over a pair of
earplugs, keep in mind the study was done on rodents. While resveratrol has
historically been proven effective in improving heart health, there is some
work to be done to definitively prove it is just as beneficial in preventing hearing loss in