In our blog, we’ve mentioned more than once the primary causes of hearing loss, including aging, wax build-up, loud music, hereditary conditions, and ear diseases to name a few. As the hearing expert in South Africa, we recommend a free hearing test to ascertain the extent of hearing loss. Often, you will need to invest in a good pair of hearing aids as a temporary or permanent solution.
In this post, however, we want to provide expert advice on how to take care of your hearing health. More specifically, we are going to look at vital minerals and nutrients that boost hearing.
With more than 7.5% of school-going children in South Africa suffering from some form of hearing loss, it’s more important than ever to talk about hearing health.
Right off the bat, you need to know that pesky ear infections and even common colds can lead to loss of hearing ability. In light of that, zinc can come in handy. How so?
You see, zinc is an incredible booster of the immune system. More than that, zinc is responsible for healing wounds and further cell growth. So, zinc has excellent potential for warding off germs that might cause ear infections. That is why most physicians recommend a blend of zinc supplements and antibiotics for these ear infections.
Magnesium is a fantastic mineral that – when combined with Vitamins A, C & E – can do wonders for your hearing health. Don’t just take our word for it. A study carried out by Kresge Hearing Research Institute at the University of Michigan found out that people who took magnesium supplements were more tolerant to noise-related loss of hearing. Magnesium is also great for circulation. Load up on veggies and fruits such as artichokes, bananas, spinach, and tomatoes for a good dose of magnesium.
#3. Folic Acid
Folic acid is known for its role in new cell growth. Several studies have revealed that persons with low levels of folic acids are more susceptible to presbycusis, a hearing loss condition. To increase intake of folic acid, try foods such as spinach, organ meats, asparagus, and broccoli.
Potassium plays a crucial role in the regulation of blood and body fluids. It’s also important to hearing health because fluids in our ears translate the sounds we hear into electrical impulses. The age-related drop of potassium in the body is known to cause presbycusis. Take supplements and foods rich in potassium to counter this condition.
These are just but a few foods and minerals that improve your hearing and keep hearing loss at bay. However, it’s best to seek advice from a local hearing expert to determine if you’ll need to use hearing aids.