I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that healthy eating is important. After all, a healthy diet has been linked to numerous health benefits – including maintaining a healthy weight and preventing numerous serious diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. However, did you know that a healthy diet can also protect your hearing health?
In fact, in a study that followed 71,000 women over 22 years, it was found that eating a healthy diet reduced the risk of hearing loss by 30 percent. In this study, no particular diet was recommended or followed. Instead, researchers focused on a generally healthy diet with a balance of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, with limited amounts of processed foods, refined sugars, processed meats, alcohol, and fruit juices.
While you might focus on eating a healthy diet for several reasons, your hearing health is an important one to keep in mind. After all, hearing loss involves more than the obvious consequences of not being able to hear sounds as well. Hearing loss has also been connected to several other health conditions, including dementia, depression, and falls. While treatments and devices like hearing aids are available for hearing loss, it is best to avoid it in the first place.
So, to avoid hearing loss and lower your risk for the associated conditions, it is imperative to maintain a healthy diet. Here are a few simple tips for eating a healthier diet:
With these easy building blocks, you’re ready to start eating healthier this summer – and into the future. For more information about healthy eating and how it can help you maintain good hearing health, please contact our audiology practice today.