While there is no evidence that dietary supplements prevent hearing loss or improve hearing, some studies suggest that a healthy diet is conducive to good hearing. One study found that a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates may impair hearing by adversely affecting vascular health. Another study found that women who ate fish at least twice a week were less likely to report hearing loss than non-fish consumers. The benefit may rest with omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish that may improve blood flow to the cochlea. Then there is the study that found that people who scored higher on the Healthy Eating Index had better hearing. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight have also been linked with healthy hearing.
There are many ways to support and maintain healthy hearing. For example, protecting ears from noise pollution and getting a regular checkup from an audiologist, but nutrition also plays a key part in hearing preservation. Exercise matters, too, specifically with regard to cognitive ability and how the brain processes sound. To schedule a hearing assessment, please call EAR & HEARING CLINIC.