How Your Diet Affects Your Ears

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Yvonne Doyle

Yvonne Doyle

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Ms Yvonne Doyle, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist has been working with Hidden Hearing since 2011. Since joining Hidden Hearing, her Wexford Branch is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for hearing care in Ireland.

Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).

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41393312 - couple meeting in a cafeDid you know that the food you eat has a big impact on the health of your ears? It may be surprising, but the foods we consume can influence every aspect of our health, and our hearing organs are particularly vulnerable to damage caused by a poor diet.

Many people experience hearing loss as they age, often as a result of cumulative damage to the ears throughout their lifetime. Taking care to keep fit and eat a healthy diet throughout your life can help to prevent hearing loss from developing and reduce the damage sustained by the ears on a daily basis.

Improve Your Hearing With Nutrition

  1. Eat a balanced diet. Eating a wide range of healthy foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables as a staple wherever possible, can help to maintain all the organs of the body and ensure that systems such as the ears function well. Take care to include all of the major foods groups in your diet to ensure good health.
  2. Prioritise foods high in certain vitamins. Studies show that astaxanthin, vitamin A, folate (vitamin B9), zinc and magnesium are all very important in maintaining hearing health. It is believed that these nutrients can protect against oxidative stress in the cochlea and prevent free radical damage. Important sources of these include spinach and broccoli (folate), seafood and almonds (zinc and astaxanthin), and dark leafy greens and beans (magnesium).
  3. Try new foods. There are many interesting foods that are known to improve or protect hearing, and challenging yourself to try them can inspire new meal ideas and introduce you to new healthy options. Sea vegetables are a highly nutritious source of zinc, for example
  4. Be aware of the importance of nutrition. Many people are unaware of just how important good nutrition is, and learning more about this can encourage you to be proactive about protecting your health. For example, intravenous magnesium is a treatment option that is currently being explored for sudden sensorineural hearing loss, and initial studies show very positive results.

Don’t forget that it is crucial to address your environmental risks of hearing loss alongside your diet, Factors such as protecting your ears from exposure to loud noises, and only listening to music through earbuds for a maximum of one hour per day, can prevent hearing loss as you age.

Book a Free Check-Up at Hidden Hearing

Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. We provide free hearing tests and our experienced team of audiologists will help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle.

We stock an excellent range of hearing aids, including new digital hearing aids that are tiny, discreet and highly sensitive. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.

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Yvonne Doyle

About Yvonne Doyle

Ms Yvonne Doyle, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist has been working with Hidden Hearing since 2011. Since joining Hidden Hearing, her Wexford Branch is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for hearing care in Ireland. Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA). Find Out More About Yvonne

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