Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss as well as noise induced hearing loss are a major concern as ones age progresses. Between genetic predisposition towards hearing loss and the day to day exposure to loud noises, be it the fault of your own or completely accidental, our auditory systems are constantly barraged with noises that may have long term damaging effects. These can be subtle workplace noises as sandblasting or the use of a chainsaw, or something more extreme like a gun muzzle blast, or jet engine. Fortunately there are a few ways to help prevent the damage and hearing loss associated with Presbycusis and noise induced hearing loss by maintaining a healthy diet rich in certain vitamins and minerals, which we will discuss below.
One of the minerals commonly associated with the retention of hearing and prevention of hearing loss is Magnesium, which can be found in many common foods such as soy beans and lentils, brown rice, and avocados. Tests have shown that magnesium deficiency can lead to stress on cells associated with hearing, which may in turn cause an increased susceptibility to hearing damage.
Along the same line as above, Bananas are a great source of magnesium and many other key nutrients to maintaining a well balanced diet and a healthy auditory system. Along with magnesium, bananas are also a high source in vitamin B-6 and potassium, which have also been cited as being key components in the aid of hearing.
When it comes to overall health in regards to vitamins and minerals, Salmon, and other fish are among the most healthy for you. Not only do they provide key omega-3 fatty acids which promote heart and cardiovascular health, but they can also aid in other age-based ailments such as Rheumatoid arthritis. Other amazing sources of the big Omega-3 (DHA,ALA, and EPA) are Herring, Mackerel and Tuna.
One of the lesser known, but perhaps the most enjoyable means of fortifying your auditory systems is through the consumption of chocolate. Dark chocolate in particular has a high concentration of Zinc. Zinc deficiency has been shown to be a contributing factor to age-based hearing loss. Or, if dark chocolate is not your thing, other sources high in zinc are oysters which contain a whopping 524% of the daily recommended dose of Zinc in just 100 grams!
Some of the best foods that you can consume in order to prevent hearing loss are vegetables. Dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach provide significant boosts to your magnesium, vitamin a, potassium, and vitamin c. Vitamin C is well known for its benefits fighting free radicals, which may cause cellular damage and increase the body’s chances of developing cancer.