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Four Foods That Can Help Prevent Hearing Loss

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Some things about protecting our hearing are common sense: Don’t sit next to the speakers at a rock concert, wear ear protection when mowing the grass, get some good ear plugs if your spouse snores (just kidding!), etc. These are great ways to protect your hearing.

We thought we’d share another way you can take care of your hearing:  one of our favorite topics --food! Here are 4 foods that contain nutrients which may reduce the risk of hearing loss or prevent further hearing loss.

Bananas

 The magnesium found in bananas can protect your ears from hearing loss. Magnesium helps expand blood vessels and can improve circulation, even in your inner ear. This nutrient also helps control the release of glutamate, one of the main contibutors to noise-induced hearing loss.

Salmon

There have been studies that indicate that increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like salmon and sardines, may reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss.  Two servings of fish per week can help you keep your ears young!

Broccoli

Broccoli is filled with nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, and fiber. These can help from stop free radicals from damaging the delicate and sensitive tissue in your ears. Steamed, grilled, or raw, this veggie is a healthy choice for your ears.

 

Dark Chocolate

As you age, your inner ear becomes more susceptible to hearing loss. A wonderful way to build resistance to this is by eating dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is high in zinc, a nutrient that can help ward off age related hearing loss. No time like the present to get started on this one!

Adapted from listencarefully.org

 


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