|Combat hearing loss with vitamins
If you think your hearing is mostly affected by external things,
like loud noises, you wouldn't be all wrong. Your ears are very sensitive to sounds and vibrations, and they can easily be damaged.
But hearing loss can also come from the inside, especially if you're
deficient in these vitamins.
Vitamin A. Studies show when you don't get enough vitamin A,
your ears become extra sensitive to sound. This doesn't mean you
hear better, you just hear louder. This intensified noise increases your
risk of severe ear damage.
Vitamin A is found in many foods. Egg yolks, butter, and liver are
good sources. For a lighter twist, get your vitamin A from oranges,
limes, cantaloupe, prunes, and pineapple.
Fish are a good source of vitamin A, but salmon, mackerel, and tuna are
especially high in this important nutrient. Fish are also high in vitamin D,
which helps prevent bone loss and may help strengthen the bones in the
ear's hearing mechanism. That could mean sharper hearing as you get older.
Vitamin B12 and folic acid. Most people think getting a little
hard of hearing is a natural part of aging. Recent research suggests
this might not be the case. A study at the University of Georgia
revealed that women over age 60 who had hearing loss also had lower
blood levels of vitamin B12 and folic acid.
Vitamin B12 and folic acid work together to maintain blood flow
and to keep your nervous system in good working order. Some
researchers think not enough blood flowing to the inner ear can affect
the electrical impulses from the ear to the brain. This could cause
Liver, sardines, crab, salmon, beef, and cottage cheese ate excellent
sources of vitamin B12. If you want more folic acid, eat oranges, avocado,
papaya, liver, spinach, pinto beans, lentils, asparagus, and beets.
Although these vitamins play a vital role in preserving your hearing, they won't reverse hearing damage you already have.