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Diet and Hearing Loss: Is there a Connection?

Can your diet protect you from hearing loss? Good question.

It turns out that diet is one of the few modifiable risk factors for age-related hearing loss.

The Blue Mountains Hearing Study, conducted in Australia, looked at whether diet can prevent or slow the development of age-related hearing loss.

Researchers found that people who had higher intakes of dietary omega-3 and who consumed fish on a weekly basis had a reduced risk (42%) of developing age-related hearing loss. There are many ways to load up on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

In another article, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, the researchers from the Blue Mountains Hearing Study looked at dietary vitamin E and vitamin A intake.

They found that people who had diets rich in vitamin E and vitamin A also had a reduced risk of developing age-related hearing loss. There are a variety of foods high in vitamin E.

Study participants who had the highest dietary vitamin A intake had a 47% reduced risk of having moderate or greater hearing loss (>40 dB HL) compared to those who had the lowest intake. See here for foods high in vitamin A.

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    Sandra Vandenhoff

    Dr. Sandra Vandenhoff is an audiologist with hearing loss, founder of HEARa, Hearing Strategies coach, speaker, and Canadian author, who gave her GPS away long before realizing that it was a good brain-boosting move.

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