Diet and hearing loss
Anyone who knows me on the healthy living site knows I am passionate about diet and how it affects your health. You are what you eat is my motto.
For reference I have a profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss…gradual loss over 40 years since my mid 30s. Currently wear 2 Phonak Nadia UPs.
Seventy percent of our medical problems are food related. Foods high in potassium, zinc, magnesium, folic acid are all essential for overall good health. The inner ear relies on a regular flow of blood and this is where folic acid is so important. We need to protect ourselves against high blood pressure and inflammation by limiting salt, sugar, caffeine, processed foods, wheat. High blood pressure is associated with hearing loss and an increase in tinnitus and also does damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Type II diabetics are more likely to develop hearing loss. A healthy diet is connected to good vision also.
Being overweight or obese can lead to other diseases that can damage your hearing. Exercise is critical and balance exercises even more so. You can take control of your diet and keep your hearing from getting worse and protect your eyes from age related damage. And you know we need our eyes to lip read. This country has an obesity epidemic and two of the unfortunate byproducts of all the resulting diseases is loss of or poor hearing and vision problems.
Sensorineural hearing loss is due to damage in the inner ear or the auditory nerve or both. Vestibular disorders lead to balance disorders and disorientation. There are people on the Mayo forum who are all too familiar with this subject and can suggest therapies and self diagnostic exams.
Research the foods you should be eating and read those darn labels when you shop. Throw out all the crap in your pantry…no don’t donate it…My hearing hasn’t deteriorated in a dozen years. I have age related macular degeneration resulting from a detached retina when I was young. My yearly exam is coming up and I expect him to say the same thing he has said over the past 5 years….everything looks great…no change. The vision in my left eye improved last year. I know that I hear as well as I do, with aids, because of my lifestyle and diet.
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