You are what you eat. If you are suffering from hearing loss it could be caused by your diet. Studies have confirmed that hearing loss and poor nutrition go hand in hand. Diets that are high in sugar and carbohydrates don’t just give you bad long-term health, they can negatively impact your hearing. High cholesterol is another cause of hearing loss. So a healthy body leads to healthy hearing, so the doctors tell us. But are you listening? Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States, but few people are aware that changing their nutrition can help guard against it.
Listen to your body
Most people are concerned about their weight. Being slim makes you feel good. Listen to those compliments like, “Looks like you lost some weight.” If you are not able to hear these compliments well then it’s another warning sign that your diet may be affecting your hearing. So if you want to kill several birds with one stone, watch what you eat. Also watch what you don’t eat. Studies have found that deficiencies in certain nutrients can impair hearing by as much as 39% while increasing these nutrients can protect your hearing by as much as 20%. Research has shown that folic acid deficiency specifically has been linked with high-frequency hearing loss.
Diet protects your hearing
Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism. They can cause significant damage to living cells. The vitamins and minerals your body uses to counteract this ‘oxidative stress’ are called antioxidants. Free radicals are everywhere and cannot be avoided, but the damage they cause to you increases with poor nutrition and stress. So combating free radicals with antioxidants not only protects hearing but has many other health benefits.
An antioxidant rich diet can also help fight against toxicity, and prevent damage to your inner ear. Antioxidants are found in high quantities in healthy leafy greens and other foods; lentils, some beans and certain fruits. Substituting high sugar and high cholesterol foods with these nutritious foods can contribute significantly to preserving your hearing and fighting off free radicals. Other foods that cause inflammation include the usual suspects; fatty meats, processed foods, etc.
Ensuring proper nutrition to protect and preserve hearing can be helped easily by visiting a nutritionist along with your annual checkup with your audiologist, at Clarisound.
A healthy diet is an important part of your life, whether you are suffering from hearing loss or not. Good nutrition helps good hearing. Both will improve your quality of life.