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    Your Diet and Your Hearing

    Ann B. Raibley Certified Clinical Audiologist 12/12/2014
    We’ll be starting 2015 very soon. As always, thoughts go to plans for a healthier lifestyle. Protecting your ears from hazardous noise and keeping ear infections at bay are fundamental ways to minimize hearing loss. However, a healthy lifestyle with exercise and a balanced diet can also help maintain hearing health.

    Keep an eye on the following ingredients when planning meals:
     
    • Omega 3 Fats and Vitamin D Studies have shown that adults who ate fish twice a week had a 42% lower chance of facing age-related hearing loss than non-fish eaters. Foods such as salmon, tuna, trout and sardines strengthen the blood vessels in our ear’s sensory system.
    • Antioxidants and Folic Acid Foods such as spinach, asparagus, beans, broccoli, eggs, liver and nuts can reduce the risk of hearing loss by up to 20%. The folic acid in these foods reduces the number of free radicals in your body, which damage the nerve tissue in your inner ears.
    • Magnesium found in bananas, potatoes, artichokes and broccoli, magnesium has been shown to provide additional protection against noise-induced hearing loss.
    • Zinc is found in dark chocolate and oysters and can increase the cochlea’s resistance to age-related hearing loss.
    • Vitamin C, E and Glutathione These agents act similarly to antioxidants and can keep your overall immune system strong and reduce the risk of ear infections. Oranges and bell peppers are two examples of foods that provide these vitamins.

    I hope you’ve found the above information helpful and can incorporate some of these foods into your 2015 menus.
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