Here is an article contributed by John O’Connor a guest blogger
The Right Nutrients Can Help Prevent Hearing Loss
More than 28 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Nutrition plays an important role in preventing hearing loss due to aging, as well as in helping to reverse noise-induced hearing loss. While hearing aids can help those with hearing loss navigate through a world full of sound, the right nutrients can improve hearing loss altogether. The following list of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants are particularly effective at helping to promote hearing health.
A deficiency of Vitamin A increases your susceptibility to noise and decrease your sensory functions. In addition to helping prevent hearing loss due to these factors, Vitamin A has proven effective in helping to improve hearing loss.
Vitamin B Complex
The B vitamins help reduce ear pressure and keep the ear functioning properly. Among the ear-healthy B vitamins are B-2 (Riboflavin), which improve oxygen flow in the hearing cells; B-3 (Niacin), which increase circulation to hearing cell nerves; and B-6, which helps regulate the fluid in the ears. In the elderly, B-12 and folate deficiencies are a major culprit in hearing loss, affecting the vascular and nervous systems that are associated with hearing.
Vitamin C, D, E
Vitamin C protects the cochlear hair cells and can reverse some of the damage to hearing caused by noise exposure. Lack of Vitamin D can cause abnormal bone growth in the middle ear. Vitamin D is particularly helpful for improving cochlear deafness. A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E can help improve sudden hearing loss and prevents damage done to the ear by free radicals.
Copper, Zinc, Iodine and Magnesium
Copper and zinc help preserve the cochlear hair cells, whose vibrations help move sound along. Iodine helps prevent cochlear lesions and changes in the middle ear due to aging. Magnesium helps protect the arterial lining and the hair cells of the inner ear.
N-acetyl cysteine, arginine and methionine
These amino acids have been shown by research to significantly improve hearing loss due to ear damage. Damage done to the ear by excessive noise is greatly reduced with n-acetyl cysteine, and arginine and methionine protect against sensorineural hearing loss and cochlear damage.
Alpha lipoic acid and co-enzyme Q10
These antioxidants are powerful defenses against hearing loss. Alpha lipoic acid is instrumental in generating mitochondria in the inner ear hair cells. Co-enzyme Q10 is especially helpful for those with progressive hearing loss associated with diabetes.
Take good care of your hearing health by making healthy lifestyle choices and eating foods that are full of the proper nutrients. Research shows that this kind of diet slows the aging process, promotes longevity and protects against a number of diseases and conditions, including hearing loss.
If you have concerns about your lifestyle and whether you’re getting the nutrients you need, make an appointment with a Certified Nutrition Specialist or Registered Dietitian, who can help you map out a plan that’s right for you.