Nutrition and Hearing Loss
Suffering from hearing loss has a negative effect on your quality of life. Having to ask people to repeat themselves or raise their voice so you may be able to understand them can create an uncomfortable situation. It is very important to take care of your hearing health, and to do this you should also check your nutrition. There are two nutrients that are said to prevent loss of hearing – folate and omega-3 fatty acids.
A study published by the Journal of Nutrition explains how a person over 50 years of age, who has a low level of vitamin-B folate may have a 35 percent risk of suffering from hearing damage. The study was conducted on 3,000 people in Australia, which showed that a deficiency in folate causes an increase in the homocysteine levels, which in turn could restrict blood flow to the cochlea. The cochlea is the part of the ear that converts sound energy into signals that travel to the brain and help you hear properly.
The author of the study, Dr. Bamini Gopinath, Ph.D. explained how “Omega-3s could potentially help maintain a healthy vascular supply to the cochlea, thereby preventing age-related hearing loss.” He went on to state “it’s possible that folate can, too, but more research is needed.”
If you would like to find out more on how to protect your hearing health, visit your local New Generation Miami Hearing Center.