Can what you eat affect your hearing?

A recent study published by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association has raised the issue of whether diet can have an impact on hearing.

In his study “The Role of Nutritional and Healthy Hearing” Christopher Spankovich has concluded that there may be a relationship between healthy eating and better hearing.

Dr Spankovich was prompted to consider whether diet had an impact on hearing after noting the considerable variation in the susceptibility of different people to acquire hearing loss at different rates.

In his study Dr Spankovich found that individuals who had had a history of noise exposure but who ate a diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in salt had hearing which was very similar to those who had minimal exposure to loud noise but had a poorer diet, eating more saturates, sugar and alcohol.

Eating a healthy diet will have many benefits.

Eating your five-a-day fruit and vegetables as recommended by government guidelines as well as eating other healthy foods will mean that an individual consumes useful minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients that could potentially, according to Dr Spankovich’s study, boost your hearing.

A number of foods that have important nutrients that may assist with improved hearing are:-

  • Potassium is known to play a role in the way cells in the inner ear interact and levels can decrease with age.  Bananas are an excellent source of potassium as are potatoes, melons, apricots and oranges.
  • Folic acid. Folic acid, found in many green vegetables may according to scientists slow the development of age related hearing loss.
  • Vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced in the body following exposure to sunlight and can also be found in some foods such as fortified breakfast cereals, oily fish and eggs.  Vitamin D may be useful to assist in hearing as it strengthens bones including the tiny bones in the inner ear.
  • Vitamin B12. Scientists suggest that a deficiency in vitamin B12 may have a detrimental impact on hearing.  A varied diet of cheese, eggs, meat and fortified breakfast cereals as well as some fish including cod and salmon and milk should provide good sources of vitamin B12.
  • Antioxidants are known to boost the body’s immune system.  As a result they may help ward off ear infections.  Antioxidants are found in citrus fruits, strawberries and fresh herbs.
  • Vitamin E. Vitamin E is known to help blood vessels and nerves repair themselves including those around the ear.  Almonds and sunflower seeds are a good source of vitamin E.

If you have hearing loss and have worked in a noisy environment or have been exposed to excessive noise then you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation for noise induced hearing loss.

Our noise induced hearing loss solicitors will be able to advise you how to claim for industrial deafness compensation.

We deal with claims for industrial deafness compensation on a no win no fee basis.  Please contact us for further information.

What’s My Deafness Claim Worth has extensive experience in dealing with people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have a specialist team of solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, who will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise. If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

If you have been affected by hearing loss or exposure to noisy working environments you should not hesitate to contact us or to try our ‘Calculate my Claim’ feature on the right hand side of this page to see what your claim may be worth. We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.

All claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis.

Call 0800 849 8700 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Industrial Disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.

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