Healthy Meal blog sizeIn honor of National Nutrition Month, the team at Physicians Hearing would like to share which foods promote healthy hearing and vestibular systems, and foods you should avoid.

Healthy Hearing

Studies have shown that a deficiency in nutrients – such as B12, magnesium and folic acid – can impair hearing by as much as 39%. Increasing the consumption of these key nutrients can strengthen the hair follicles in your inner ear up to 20%.

 

Tinnitus

Foods such as salts, sugars and caffeine, can sometimes increase tinnitus symptoms. Folic acid, which is found in dark leafy greens, has been shown to help combat tinnitus symptoms.    

Vestibular Systems

Those who do not consume enough protein are at risk for developing a B12 deficiency. This vitamin is found in meat, seafood, eggs and dairy products. One of the symptoms of a B12 deficiency is issues with balance. Those who eat a vegetarian or vegan diet can increase their vitamin B12 with supplements, or fortified soy products.  

Hearing Loss

Foods high in Zinc – such as spinach, tree nuts, and even dark chocolate – have been shown to decrease the risk of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Additionally, foods high in Omega-3s also have the potential to decrease the risk of age-relation hearing loss. 

Healthy Hearing Recipes

Looking for ways to improve your diet and hearing?  Here are some tasty ways to reach your goal: 

Salmon & Escarole Packets with Lemon-Tarragon Butter

Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad

Oatmeal-Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya

For more tips on maintaining your hearing health, schedule an appointment with the team at Physicians Hearing by calling 334.673.7399