Nutrients that Can Boost Your Hearing Health

Nutrients that Can Boost Your Hearing Health

In Health by Dr. Chris Lawson

Dr. Chris Lawson

Chris Lawson’s credentials include a Doctorate in Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Maryland in College Park, and a B.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. His graduate clinical training included rotations at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), public schools, and private practice settings.
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Not being able to hear isn’t something anyone wants to go through. It can be extremely frustrating for people who are suffering from it, as well as the people they love. Research believes that the loss of ear function is also linked with falls, dementia, and walking problems.

Losing ear function isn’t a standalone issue. Moderate loss tripled the risk of developing dementia later down the line. It seems that ear function loss might work had in hand with the brain in turn causing a faster rate of atrophy in the brain.

Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to how your ears is that proper function allows us to balance when we walk. Our ears pick up subtle signals in turn keeping our equilibrium intact. Lack of ear function can silence these signals creating dizziness, and the inability to balance ourselves as we walk.

Signs That Your Ears May Be Declining in Function

There are a number of different things that can show up as you not being able to hear.

Not able to hear loud sounds- you are missing sounds such as the doorbell, TV, or alarm, you might be suffering from hearing loss.

The need to see someone’s face during a conversation- If it is necessary to focus on the lip movements, and facial expressions in order to talk to someone, then you might have an issue with your ears.

Disagreements on what was said- Often times people argue over misinterpretation due to a particular party not being able to hear properly. If you find yourself always disagreeing about something that was said, it might be time to focus on the health of your ears.

Background noise muffles out everything- Background noise usually doesn’t hinder people with normal hearing function. If you can’t hear conversations during background noise, there might be an issue with your ears.

Time to Check your Diet

People following diets similar to the AHEI-2010, DASH, and AMED decreased their likelihoods of hearing loss by at least 30 percent, with DASH and AMED showing the greatest benefits.

People choosing to implement a diet similar to DASH, and AMED are more likely to decrease hearing loss by at least 30%. If your ears aren’t working how they used to, and you have no idea where to start when it comes to treating it, you might want to begin with you diet.

Nutrients Play a part

There are several findings that show just how important nutrients are when it comes to health of your ears. These nutrients are associated with healthy ears.

Potassium

Potassium is a mineral that is found in a number of foods such as black beans, potatoes, and bananas. This particular mineral plays a huge role when it comes to the inner functions of the ear. It works to convert sound into signals for the brain to break down. When you consume potassium on a regular basis, you will help to maintain your current level of hearing. It may not boost your how you hear but it will definitely keep your ears from declining.

Zinc

According to the H&A Institute, zinc is not just for healthy hair but for healthy ears as well. In cashews, almonds, dark chocolate are all effective foods that can help enhance your hearing health. Zinc works to calm down the buzzing and ringing in the ears. Magnesium also works to keep your ears functioning properly by fighting free radicals keeping the loud noises at bay.

Folic Acid

Folic acid has been shown to slow down the declining of your ears. When a person begins to suffer from declining ear function, the blood flow is restricted by an amino acid. Folic acid combats this by keeping blood flowing. The inner ears really rely on regular blood flow, and that is why consuming folate on a regular is really important. Foods that consist of folic is broccoli, asparagus, and spinach.

If you or someone you love has noticed any of the warning signs listed above, then it might be time to talk to us at Evergreen Audiology. While hearing loss can be caused by many different issues, such as earwax buildup, a tumor, abnormal bone growth, infection and or aging, it is important to take the time to find out what the problem may be and couple that with a clean healthy diet.

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