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Importance of Healthy Diet for Sound Hearing Health

Written by

Jeanne Graulich
Jeanne Graulich
Jeanne Graulich, MA, CCC-A is an audiologist on staff to guide your hearing aid journey in a safe and practical way. Jeanne brings over 30 years of experience fitting hearing aids, specializing in fittings with adults. Her passion for improving communication and overall quality of life shines through in every interaction.

A healthy diet has many benefits.  Getting a variety of nutrients is important to lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes, which can damage circulation.  Any disruption to the blood’s chemical balance can damage the delicate structures of the inner ear, the cochlea.  Damage to the structures in the inner ear is usually permanent, causing irrevocable hearing loss.  Specific nutrients related to hearing are::

  • Omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish,   may improve blood flow to the inner ear, may help stabilize cell membranes to prevent injury, and may aid in the protection against inflammation and blood clots.
  • B vitamin Folate intake (fruits, vegetables, and beans) over time resulted in a slower decline of hearing.
  • Carotenoids found in fruits and vegetables act as antioxidants that may prevent damage of any toxic byproducts produced by the ear in its normal function, reducing hearing loss risk.
  • The minerals potassium, zinc, and magnesium are all essential for preserving good hearing. 

Additionally, improve your weight, mood, memory, bone strength, and sleep while protecting hearing with a healthy diet and medication.