It is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome, but now there might be more understanding about one of the significant causes of hearing loss. One of the scariest forms of hearing loss is sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) which can cause your hearing to reduce over a 72-hour period dramatically. It was recently linked in a study to iron deficiency, so a new study was conducting to see if there was a link between average hearing loss and the lack of iron.
Iron deficiency anaemia is caused by the lack of iron in the body which means the body produces less red blood cells. This reduction in red blood cells means that oxygen is not as efficiently moved around the body and it can cause a bunch of potential health problems. The study looked at those suffering from Iron deficiency anaemia with a focus on those suffering from SSHL, and other types of hearing loss, and the results was that IDA had a direct effect on hearing loss.
While the science behind it and what can be done is still needing further testing, there are something that you can do now to reduce your risk of hearing loss. The first is to book in for a hearing test as preventative tests can catch problems early. There are foods that many experts believe can help with preventing hearing loss as well. Here are just a few.
This can have a phenomenal long-term impact on our hearing health. One major study of over-50s patients suggested those with a strong vitamin A intake could have 47% reduced the risk of future hearing loss.
Carrots, sweet potatoes and kale are among the most common sources of vitamin A. Work them into your next stir-fry or roast for an easy (and delicious) boost.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Two servings of fish per week could make a world of difference for your long-term hearing.
Omega-3 is an “essential fatty acid”, named as such because it’s instrumental to our health, yet cannot be synthesised in our bodies; we need it in our diet.
Researchers are keeping a very keen eye on essential fatty acids, which studies have also tied to potentially reduced risks of cancer, heart disease, inflammation and dementia. If fish is only an occasional dinner in your household, now could be the time to re-evaluate.
Your inner ear fluids depend on a stable supply of potassium to function properly. This helps convert the sounds you hear into signals the brain can understand.
As these potassium levels will drop over time, it’s more important than ever to keep it in your diet. Potatoes, spinach, melons, bananas and oranges are all great potassium-rich food sources.
Zinc keeps your immune system functioning, playing a significant role in healing wounds. This is particularly useful when it comes to ear infections and related hearing loss. At least one study has also suggested that zinc can help improve recovery after issues with sudden hearing loss.
The body doesn’t store zinc, so while you only need a little, it’s important to get some every day.
Breakfast foods high in zinc include fortified breakfast cereals, porridge and wheat germ. For snacks, try cashews, almonds or chickpeas. For dinner, red meat can be a great source of zinc. And while they’re harder to come by, cooked oysters are among the best sources of zinc you’ll find.
While researchers are still trying to determine the precise link between magnesium and hearing health, recent studies have suggested it could help protect the ear against noise damage.
Once again, spinach, nuts and fish are great places to start. Another rule of thumb is to look out for foods rich in fibre, as they tend to contain magnesium as well.
If you have a sweet tooth, we have great news: even the occasional square of dark chocolate contains a small but substantial amount of magnesium.