5 Foods for Better Hearing

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Your diet may impact how well you hear, especially as you age. Healthy diets are linked to a reduced heart attack risk and other conditions that damage or inflame the veins or arteries, including diabetes. Proper blood flow to your ears is essential for healthy hearing. A healthy diet also provides antioxidants, helping protect against oxidative stress damage, which may cause cell damage. Eating the right foods can help prevent hearing loss. This article outlines six five foods for better hearing.

1.    Foods rich in magnesium

Hearing loss can be scary. However, knowing the deficiencies that may cause hearing loss can help you understand how to achieve better listening. Magnesium deficiency results in high calcium channel activity, which boosts glutamate production. When produced in excess, glutamate may cause brain hyperexcitation, affecting the auditory nerve’s function. This results in tinnitus as a side effect. When exposed to loud sounds, the free radicals in your ears are damaged, attacking the small hair-like cells that convert sound waves into electrical signals.

Magnesium prevents free radical damage, avoiding the damage or death of the hair-like cells that can’t regenerate or repair themselves. If you have high blood pressure, your heart may be unable to supply blood to the ears. However, foods rich in magnesium, including almonds, spinach, cashews, brown rice, and peanuts, can help relax the blood vessels, ensuring optimal blood flow to the ears.

2.    Folate-rich foods

Folic acid deficiency causes premature hearing loss via mechanisms including homocysteine metabolism impairment and cochlear oxidative stress. High homocysteine levels linked to low folate or vitamin B12 status increase the risk of coronary, peripheral, and cerebral vascular disease while impacting cochlear blood flow. Low vitamin B concentrations may also impair the cochlear nerve’s neuron myelination. Eating foods rich in folic acid, including leafy vegetables like turnip greens, spinach, lettuces, asparagus, fresh or dried peas and beans, sunflower seeds, fortified cereal products, and other folate-rich vegetables and fruits can help prevent premature hearing loss.

3.    Foods rich in omega 3

When your body doesn’t get sufficient omega 3, you’re likely to experience excessive earwax buildup, which may cause hearing loss. Other signs of omega-3 deficiency may include skin dryness and irritation, anxiety/ depression, joint stiffness and pain, hair changes, insomnia, brittle nails, fatigue, and poor concentration. Increasing your fatty acid intake can help better your hearing. You can eat fish and other seafood, plant oils (soya bean oil, rapeseed/canola oil, and flaxseed oil), seeds and nuts (chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts), and fortified foods (yogurt, eggs, juice, soy beverages, milk, and infant formulas).

4.    Vitamin D-rich foods

Vitamin D plays a vital role in the auditory system, and its deficiency may affect both ears, particularly the inner ears where sensorineural hearing loss happens. Vitamin D deficiency can be linked to bilateral hearing loss at low frequencies or low-frequency hearing loss. Insufficient vitamin D in the body may also cause bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and bilateral hearing impairment in older adults. Salmon, tuna fish, sardines, swordfish, and beef liver can help boost your vitamin D levels.

5.    Potassium-rich foods

Potassium regulates the fluid in tissues and blood responsible for cochlea function. Your inner ear potassium level decreases as you age, causing age-related hearing loss. Spinach, potatoes, tomatoes, lima beans, raisins, bananas, apricots, melons, yogurt, oranges, and low-fat milk are potassium-rich foods you can consume.

Endnote

Hearing loss significantly impacts the quality of life. However, investing in the right foods can help improve your hearing.