There are many ways for us to prevent hearing loss, protect our ears and improve our overall hearing health. Using earplugs at concerts, recognizing and avoiding dangerously high levels of noise, or keeping earbud volume at a safe level are just a few ways to help, but did you know food might be a factor? It turns out that food and hearing protection can go hand in hand!
The phrase “you are what you eat” is well known, but it might not be common knowledge that your hearing is what you eat too! That’s why we are here to educate and inform! We put a list of foods together that can help improve hearing health — foods that can be incorporated into everyday meals and snacks. Let’s start eating towards a healthier future!
This delicious treat is not only an easy and quick snack, but the magnesium found in bananas has been shown to protect against hearing loss. It has been shown that magnesium helps expand blood vessels and can improve circulation — even in the inner ear. Magnesium can also help control the release of glutamate which is incidentally one of the major contributors of noise-induced hearing loss. The best part is how easily bananas can be incorporated into a diet! Slice it up in cereal, throw it in a smoothie or eat with some peanut butter!
Salmon is generally one of the healthiest meat options, but it’s also a great source of 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. Omega 3 fats have been shown to strengthen the blood vessels in our ear’s sensory system. Other fish such as tuna, trout, and sardines also share the same positive effects on hearing health!
Nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber can help stop free radicals from damaging the delicate and sensitive tissue in your ears. Luckily broccoli is packed with all these nutrients! This healthy hearing vegetable is also great because of its versatility — steam it, grill it, or eat it raw!
Vitamin C and E are also supplements that keep free radicals in check and strengthen your overall immune system, thus reducing the risk of ear infections. Oranges are a great option for breakfast or for an afternoon snack!
Chocolate? That’s music to our ears! As we grow older we become more susceptible to hearing loss, fortunately there is something that can fight back. Zinc is a nutrient that can help ward off age-related hearing loss — fortunately for us dark chocolate is rich in zinc! Enjoy a little dark chocolate for your hearing health!