Hearing loss can creep up at any age and without notice. That’s why it’s important to tend to your auditory health even before you're fitted with hearing devices. Maintaining a balanced diet is an important step towards taking better care of your ears. Read on to learn more about hearing-friendly foods.
Foods like bananas, cooked spinach and broccoli, potatoes, and mushrooms are rich in potassium which regulates the fluid in the inner ear that converts sound into nerve impulses. Since potassium levels drop as we age, it’s important to maintain healthy levels of this mineral to prevent age-related hearing loss.
Fish is rich in heart-healthy Omega 3 as well as Vitamin D, that strengthens the middle bones in the ear and combats against osteopenia and otosclerosis. These conditions cause the bones in the body to lose density, and bones in the middle ear to get stuck in place. When the bone is unable to vibrate, it's difficult for sound to travel through the ear. This may result in hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, etc. It’s recommended you eat two portions of fresh, unprocessed fish per week to fend off permanent hearing damage.
Foods like flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts are also rich in Omega 3 which boost hearing health.
Foods like lentils, split peas, and dried beans that are rich in zinc support the immune system and are also associated with combatting tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
A popular confectionary, dark chocolate will keep your magnesium levels up while also tending to your sweet tooth. Magnesium helps expand blood vessels which can improve circulation in the ear, and prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Limit your intake to an ounce a day, and try not to go overboard!
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