Can what you eat affect your hearing?
When your grandmother told you to eat your carrots so you could see in the dark it did make those carrots a bit more appealing. However, there never seemed to be that magic food grandma said would make you have amazing hearing. Hearing, seeing, smelling, heck, walking are a few of the functions your body can only do properly if you are getting the right amount of vitamins and nutrients. Research supports that an overall healthy diet supports your body’s function and even some specific relationships between your diet and hearing. So, it makes sense that eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and protein would lend itself to healthy hearing.
So, that’s easy. Eat healthy, keep your hearing. Got it. Wait, are there things to avoid eating or drinking? Are there foods that could be good for my hearing? Are there diets are ways to eat I should avoid? Yes, Yes, and Yes are the answers to those questions.
Things to avoid? Yes, you may want to avoid that extra adult beverage according to healthy hearing, drinking too much can damage places in the brain that process hearing. Things you should eat? Yes, Interestingly, eating dark chocolate was shown in a 2012 Korean study to help protect or decrease the likelihood of developing tinnitus or hearing loss. Diets to avoid? Yes, according to a research article in the Official Journal of the American Auditory Society a diet high in fat is shown to increase risk of hearing difficulties.
There you have it, a quick rundown of food and your hearing. What to eat, and what not to eat, what to seek out, and what to avoid. Hope this helps guide you on your hearing journey. If you have any questions, or need to make an appointment with your local hearing care specialist, just click here to schedule.