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Hear's to America: Fourth of July barbecue menu

Contributed by | Monday, June 29th, 2015

With Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s time to break out the barbecue, if you haven’t already yet. Nothing partners better with fireworks than grilled meat, fruits and vegetables — so dust off those tongs and spatulas, tie on that apron and open up the Barbie for a night of delicious dinner that’s also great for our hearing health, too.

Don’t forget that the Fourth of July and fireworks can also be a night that’s damaging to your ears. According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, fireworks three feet away from you clock in at 150 decibels ­—  a level that’s painful and very damaging to ears. Remember that sounds louder than 85 dB can cause permanent hearing loss. With that in mind, consider wearing earplugs during the evening as you light spinners, sparklers, whistlers and firecrackers off into the night. Young children, especially infants, should wear ear protection, too during fireworks.

Hear’s to America Barbecue

healthy hearing corn on the cob
Corn is high in antioxidants, which 
help your body be in the best 
condition possible! 

​Miso happy corn-on-the-cob

Both corn and miso are high in antioxidants, which kill free radicals. Free radicals cause cellular damage. By eating foods that are high in antioxidants, people can help their body be the best it can be by reducing the number of free radicals hanging out in their systems. The fewer free radicals there are in the body, the less of a chance there is of premature damage occurring, whether that be in the knee, liver, left pinky or the ears. 


2 tablespoons miso

1 stick butter, room temperature

6 ears corn, soaked in water


Combine miso and butter together. Shake excess water off of corn. Grill on medium-high heat, rotating, until charred on outside, for 25-30 minutes. Let cool. Shuck husks, serve immediately and slather with miso butter.

Grilled oysters

Inside an oyster shell lays a zinc and omega-3 fatty acid-packed mollusk begging to be eaten fresh off the grill. Zinc is a nutrient that can help ward off age-related hearing loss, so make sure to slurp down some oysters straight off the Barbie! An Australian study noted increased intake on omega-3 fatty acids might reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss, too.


2 dozen oysters


Lemon wedges

Hot sauce


Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Scrub oyster. Place, cupped side down, on grate. Cover grill. Grill until oysters begin to open, about 2 minutes. Transfer open oysters to a platter. Discard any that do not open. Let cool slightly before using an oyster knife or screwdriver to pry shells open, keeping cupped side down and retaining as much liquid as possible. Using an oyster knife or paring knife, cut muscles connecting oysters to shell. Serve warm with butter, lemon wedges and hot sauce.

Red, white and blue skewers

You can’t have a grilling party without the vegetables. Potatoes, peppers and cauliflower are rich in magnesium and zinc, both found to help reduce hearing loss. Potatoes are also rich in potassium. Potassium is vital to the equilibrium in the ear, enabling the mechanisms in the ear to pick up vibrations properly and send them to the brain without hiccups or issues.


3 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 small bag blue-skinned potatoes*

2 head cauliflower, chopped into 1 inch pieces

4 heads of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 tablespoon stone ground mustard

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

¼  cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

*If blue-skinned potatoes cannot be found, don’t sweat it! Any potato will work!

Special equipment: Metal or bamboo/wooden skewers. Note: Soak bamboo or wooden skewers 20 minutes prior to grilling to prevent from charring.


Mix garlic, apple cider vinegar, mustard, turmeric together. Whisk in olive oil. Par-boil potatoes for 3 minutes. Remove and place in bowl. Place all chopped vegetables in a bowl with potatoes. Pour dressing over vegetables. Place vegetables on skewers: one pepper, one cauliflower, one potato. Repeat until all skewers are made.

Grill for 15-20 minutes on medium-high heat, rotating until vegetables are al dente/slightly charred. Serve immediately.

Grilled peaches and cream

Peaches have a smidgen of magnesium in them and a ton of delicious sweetness. July is the time to dig into this stone fruit and grilling them is such a delectable and easy way to enjoy them. Studies have recently pointed magnesium as a possible cure for tinnitus. Researchers have even indicated a magnesium pill as a possible solution for stopping many of the symptoms associated with tinnitus, especially the nonstop ringing, most commonly associated with the malady.


4 peaches

Balsamic vinegar

Fresh whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or crème freche


Cut peaches in half and remove stone pit from one side. Drizzle cut side with balsamic vinegar. Place drizzle side down on grill on medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes. Remove from grill, serve immediately with desired cream.

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