People with different levels of hearing loss may find that taking certain supplements can help to lessen the effects of their condition. Here are a few supplements that you might try to reduce your risk and the effects of hearing loss:
You may have heard of this antioxidant. According to the Mayo Clinic, it can be found in red wine among other places. This helpful substance has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol, and prevent blood clots and damage to blood vessels. A study published in Sage Journals' Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery found that resveratol may reduce COX-2 expression, a protein that has been identified as a culprit in noise-induced hearing loss. This means less inflammation may occur if resveratol is present in a person's blood during a particularly loud incident. The antioxidant fights free radicals that are found in the body and can cause disease and hearing loss. Although resveratol can be ingested in the form of red wine, you would better reap the benefits by taking a supplement as the alcohol in wine may counteract the antioxidant.
Vitamin B-12 and folate
A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that elderly women who took B-12 supplements along with folate had fewer incidences of hearing loss than women of the same age who had poor vitamin B-12 and folate statuses. The study focused on 55 women ages 60 - 71 with a mean age of 65. The participants hearing abilities were tested via pure-tone air conduction thresholds and were then categorized into groups of normal and impaired hearing. The women with lower levels of vitamin B-12 and folate were more likely to experience hearing loss. Lack of these nutrients make up some of the most common deficiencies among the elderly, according to the source, and taking supplements may reduce a person's likelihood of experiencing hearing loss or at least lessen the condition's affect.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging found that a group of 3,000 individuals over age 50 had a highly reduced risk of moderate to severe hearing loss when using vitamin A supplements.
"Vitamin A may greatly reduce the risk of hearing loss."
Those who took the vitamin had a nearly 50 percent reduced risk of developing the condition. You can find these nutrients in supplement form at your local pharmacy or health-food store, as well as in many vegetables like carrots, apricots, cabbage, grapefruit, lettuce, spinach, watermelon, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. The Harvard School of Public Health writes that vitamin A is also helpful for your eyes, bones, the lining of your body's inside surfaces and it even regulates cell division and growth.
Before adding a dietary supplement to your routine, it's important to discuss it with your regular doctor to help you decide which supplements to take and what doses. Your physician can advise you regarding possible drug interactions or side effects. While we are on the subject of medication, since your hearing is irreplaceable and may already be compromised, be sure to ask whether a new medication is known to have any detrimental effects on hearing. There are more than 200 medications known to be ototoxic, so it is worth asking about just to be sure. This will allow you to enjoy the many benefits that vitamins and minerals have to offer without a misstep or taking more than what is good for your body.
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While your hearing loss may have been caused by genetics, lifestyle factors like your diet can make a difference.