Can eating healthy affect your hearing?
Posted on May 2, 2016
Many sources that explain the benefits of eating a well-balanced diet go on and on about how good it is for your health and many aspects of your body – bones, brain and heart, to name a few. But what about your ears?
They sit on either side of your head, inconspicuously, and are commonly forgotten. However, your hearing is just as important to your health as any other part of your body.
Previously, we've brought to attention to the possible link between a hearing impairment and a mental condition such as depression. Now, new research is suggesting there could be a connection between the health of your heart, and tinnitus, the state of continuous ringing in your ears.
Losing those lipids
Firstly, it's important to understand the importance of a nutritious diet. Cutting out processed foods reduces the amount of bad fats in our system.
The National Kidney Foundation explains that blood lipids are essentially fatty substances found in your blood, more commonly known as cholesterol.
A high consumption of bad cholesterol can detrimentally impact your heart health due to high levels of bad fats in your artery walls – thereby increasing your risk of developing a cardiovascular disease.
The connection between your diet and hearing
Reducing the amount of cholesterol in your diet will not only benefit your wellbeing, but can also help with the symptoms of a hearing condition.
Two distinct studies published in their own respective journals, Ear, Nose and Throat, and the International Tinnitus Journal, investigated the effects of a low-cholesterol diet in participants with tinnitus.
The results of both studies found significant improvement of tinnitus symptoms after adhering to the diet. One of these diets, consisting of low calories and carbohydrate content, and high amounts of protein, found improved symptoms as earliest as five months, over an eight-year period!
This highlights just how a balanced food plan can benefit so many aspects of your welfare. Your heart will be happier, and as the organ that supplies regular circulation of blood around your whole system, it'll affect much more than just your hearing.
Prevention is key
However, while these studies prove that a heart-healthy diet can reduce the discomfort of tinnitus symptoms, it doesn't prove that it can prevent a hearing impairment. It's still of vital importance to get your ears checked on a regular basis.
You may be eligible for a no cost* hearing test, so click here to find out, or alternatively, you can call our friendly HEARINGLife team at 1300 308 125.