A healthy diet may help to stave off age-related hearing loss in women, according to a study by the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston published in The Journal of Nutrition.
The research she light on how to have healthy hearing, the study, which followed over 80,000 subjects for 26 years, found women whose diets scored highest in the categories of health and quality were up to 47% less likely to suffer from hearing loss than those with poorer diets.
Specsavers chief audiologist Gordon Harrison says the research makes sense.
‘Hearing loss has always been thought as something that comes with the aging process or noise induced,’ he says. ‘But this research suggests that a healthy diet full of fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil can help ear health and even stave off some of the signs of age related hearing loss.’
‘Just as being dehydrated can affect hearing through fluid imbalances which causes us to feel dizzy and even experience slight hearing loss, what we eat can also have an effect. That’s because a healthy and balanced diet improves the bodily functions – its vascular health will also keep blood flowing to the inner ear and reduce oxidative stress.’
‘This in turn reduces any inflammation inside the ear and also helps preserve the ears blood vessels, to help maintain healthy ears.’
However, Gordon also stresses the importance of having your hearing tested, and recommends a hearing test every two years for those over 55 or for anyone with a hearing loss.
For more information or to book a free hearing test visit www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing. The Specsavers Hearing Check App is also free to download on the App and Play store on iOS or Android devices, and advises whether a full check in store is recommended.
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