Each May the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association sponsors Better Hearing and Speech Month. The theme this year is “Communication Across the Lifespan.” What better time to explore lifestyle changes that can contribute to better long-term hearing health?

Ultimately, for any kind of significant hearing loss, there will come a time when for hearing aids are the only solution.

But are there any ways to maintain healthier hearing, especially diet and natural remedies? As a matter of fact, yes.

It’s been found that people whose diets are high in folic acid have better hearing health. Fruits and leafy green vegetables, breads and cereals, and beans, rice, and pasta are all good sources of folic acid.

Likewise, evidence suggests that the Mediterranean Diet (AMED) — high on fish, olive oil, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and fruits and vegetables — lowers the risk for hearing loss.

Some herbs can also supplement a better diet and help maintain hearing health.

Echinacea is known to boost the immune system, which can stem the kind of ear infections that can damage hearing. It’s also good a controlling sinus and ear inflammation, so if it’s a good treatment for a cold that might be interfering with hearing.

One of the most ancient natural remedies is ginger. Also known as an antibiotic, it also appears that it has a positive effect on the nerve system between the brain and the ears.

Rich in potassium, turmeric is another powerful herb that’s also a common cooking ingredient. Potassium is known to help regulate fluid in the blood, including the inner ear, and levels of the mineral tend to drop in older people.

Finally, Ginkgo biloba supports healthy blood flow, which is key to good hearing. Poor circulation can result in hearing problems and bouts of dizziness.

Basically, like other parts of the body ears need certain nutrients to thrive.