Hearing loss is a common ailment, experienced by people all over the world. As a matter of fact, it is the second most prevalent condition in older adults, globally. Obviously, hearing loss can simply be the result of aging but noise-related hearing loss is becoming more and more common. Noise-related hearing loss, of course, is the result of constant exposure to loud noises.
As you might expect, the easiest way to prevent or reverse hearing loss would be to reduce your exposure to these loud noises but genetics, infections, and other factors can also contribute. As such, here are a few Audiologie Centre-Ouest nutrients you can add to your diet to help improve your hearing.
Potassium is an excellent mineral and, in fact, is a key mineral for maintaining proper hydration. Sure enough, potassium helps to regulate fluid in the inner ear and that is important because these levels tend to drop as we age.
Foods to eat: apricots, bananas, potatoes, lima beans, tomatoes, melons, yogurt, oranges, and raisins
Folic acid is generally important because it helps the body to generate new cell growth. It also helps to increase circulation in the body and that contributes to healthy hair cell growth in the inner ear.
Foods to eat: asparagus, broccoli, spinach, and liver
Existing research suggests that people who are treated with magnesium—along with the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E—have higher protection from high-level noise damage. Experts believe that magnesium acts like a protective barrier for hair cells of the inner ear during loud music exposure. Studies also show that a lack of magnesium can contribute to smaller blood vessels in the inner ear, which causes oxygen deprivation.
Foods to eat: artichokes, broccoli, spinach, potatoes, bananas, nuts
Long known to increase cell growth and expedite wound healing, zinc is also good for the immune system. Thus it can prevent infection of the inner ear (but can interact with antibiotics and diuretics, so check with your doctor before adding it as a supplement).
Foods to eat: beef, pork, chicken (dark meat), almonds, peanuts, cashews, beans, split peas, lentils, oysters, dark chocolate
You are probably quite aware that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties but it can also help prevent hearing loss. Actually, a recent study suggest that RDA of Omega-3’s could reduce risk for age-related hearing loss by nearly 50 percent!
Foods to eat: flaxseed (oil), salmon, soybean oil, sardines, some dark leafy greens