Learn how your diet could be affecting your hearing and how to reduce your risk of hearing loss in our short guide below.
A study from 2019
found diets containing a higher carbohydrate, fat, and cholesterol intake to be problematic for hearing health. The same study noted that a lack of vitamins A, B, C, D, and E could also increase your risk of developing hearing loss. That said, the connection between diet and hearing health isn't always so direct.
A poor diet and obesity can lead to you developing other medical conditions that carry your own hearing-related risks. This includes:
If your diet is lacking in important vitamins and nutrients, you could be at higher risk of developing these conditions
, which then increases your risk for hearing loss and other health issues.
Eating healthy overall is good for your hearing health, but there are also foods that can lower your risk of hearing loss. One 2014 study
found that the frequent consumption of fish was associated with less hearing loss in women. This is widely believed to be due to the Omega 3s that you find in most fish, along with walnuts, flax, and chia seeds. Foods with magnesium, like fruits and vegetables, can also lower your risk of hearing loss
Listen to Music Safely
Loud noises can cause hearing loss
. That's why it's important to use ear protection if you're going somewhere loud, like a concert venue. When listening to music at home, you should also try to keep the volume at a reasonable level. Otherwise, you could join the 1 billion young adults at risk of permanent hearing loss
from unsafe listening practices. Hearing loss isn't just an issue for older adults - treating your hearing with care is important at any age.
See an Audiologist
Of course, the best thing you can do to reduce your risk of hearing loss is to see a Connect Hearing audiologist for regular checkups. This is especially important if you're middle-aged or older.
An audiologist can perform exams and hearing tests to assess your overall hearing health. They can then offer valuable insights into how you can improve your hearing health or treat any existing issues you may have, such as ear wax build-up or hearing loss.
Make your hearing health a top priority by contacting a Connect Hearing audiologist today. You can book a hearing test and learn more about the state of your hearing and how to improve it. You'll be given time to ask questions about your hearing and how to preserve it.