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4/12/2018

Can Your Diet Affect Your Hearing?

Maintaining a balanced diet is a widely accepted way to help maximize your overall health and well-being. But did you know that what you eat can impact how you hear? Ensuring you have the right vitamins and minerals in your diet can contribute to how well you hear.

Vitamins

ABC’s aren’t just for kids–these three vitamins contribute to your hearing health in significant ways.

Vitamin A is an immune booster and can be found naturally in many fruits and vegetables (most notably in pumpkins).

Vitamin B: Folate helps support nervous system functioning and vascular health which both are key to optimizing hearing health. You can find it naturally in beans and lentils, bread, spinach, and lettuce.

Vitamin C and cold-fighting are pretty synonymous. While it is vital for immune-boosting purposes, it’s antioxidant qualities help with cellular health particularly of the inner ear. It’s indeed found in oranges, but also in tasty tropical fruits like guava, kiwi, papaya and even red and green peppers.

Minerals

There are four key minerals to check off in your diet to help maximize your hearing health: folic acid magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Folic acid isn’t just for pregnancy–it is a major player in increasing circulation and helping your cells regenerate. You can find natural sources of folic acid in asparagus, avocado, collard greens, turnips, okra and even organ meats.

Magnesium contributes to protecting the tiny hairs of the inner ear and also improves oxygenated blood flow through the area. Natural sources of magnesium include spinach, broccoli, artichokes, potatoes, and bananas.

Potassium helps your body regulate its fluid supply, such as fluid to the inner ear. Inner ear fluid helps you interpret sounds by sending electrical impulses to the brain. Natural sources of potassium include apricots, bananas, oranges, tomatoes, milk and yogurt, and lima beans.

Zinc is a hardworking mineral that helps strengthen the immune system. If you suffer from chronic ear infections or tinnitus, you might want to check your zinc levels. But be sure to check with your doctor before taking any supplements as zinc can interact with other medications. Natural sources of zinc include dark chocolate and oysters. Indulgence aside, it also is found in protein-rich foods like peanuts, almonds, cashews, beans and lentils, and meats like pork, beef, and dark meat chicken.

Always be sure to consult a healthcare practitioner before introducing any dietary changes or supplements. To learn more about how your dietary habits can improve your hearing health, schedule a consultation with us today.

We are hearing experts.

Robert M. Traynor, Ed.D. MBA is the owner and senior audiologist on staff. Dr. Traynor has treated patients in Greeley for more than 40 years and is a widely published expert, audiology professor, and advisor to many leading hearing companies. Learn more about Dr. Traynor.