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It’s commonly accepted that eating good and healthful foods has a huge impact on our overall well-being. In order for our bodies to work at their optimum levels, we need to be giving them the necessary fuels and nutrients. But did you know that our hearing health can be boosted and protected by making slight adjustments to our diet?

If you’re suffering from hearing loss or interested in slowing the rate of hearing loss you encounter as you age, there are a few helpful dietary guidelines that will support that process.

Eat whole foods

Make sure that at least one of the meals you consume every day is comprised of whole foods. Every one of us is guilty of saving time by microwaving a fast meal or picking up lunch at a drive through. But if consuming only processed foods has become your norm instead of the exception, then your diet is probably lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients.

Eat well, early and often

This doesn’t mean that you need to spend hours over a hot stove or a whole paycheck at the organic food store. If you choose breakfast to be your whole foods meal, then pick up some quick oats at the grocery store or make yogurt your morning go-to. Each of these hearty base meals can be dressed up with dried or regular fruit, nuts or granola and some honey or peanut butter to sweeten the deal.

Adding a banana tastes delicious in either of these options. High in potassium, this is a smart healthy hearing choice. Potassium is a necessary component to healthy hearing because fluid in the inner ear, that part of the ear that translate the noises we hear into electrical impulses the brain interprets as sound, is dependent upon this essential nutrient.

Start how you want to finish

Plus, if you start your day on the right track, you’re more likely to continue to make smart and healthy choices throughout the rest of the day. And, once you begin to eliminate artificial sweeteners and preservatives, your body will naturally regulate its own sugar levels. So that daily 3pm slump you usually fix with a sweet treat or a cup of coffee might not even surface eventually!

Making room for essential nutrients

What this mindset around eating does is create room in your diet for more essential building blocks of hearing health. Many of these essential vitamins and nutrients are found primarily in whole foods and are not prominent in processed foods. If all of your meals are delivered in these calorically dense and nutritionally lacking ways, then you’re missing out on the opportunity to feed your body what it really needs.

There are a few minerals that directly support your hearing health and can be integrated into your daily diet without too much bother:

Potassium

We already discussed the importance of feeding your body potassium to maintain proper inner ear functionality. Besides bananas, potassium can also be found in potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, raisins, apricots, melons, oranges yogurt and milk.

Zinc

This mineral supports a healthy immune system and so benefits your health across the spectrum. It also helps with cell growth and healing. Specifically, though, some studies suggest that it is also effective in treating tinnitus in adults with normal hearing. Zinc-full foods include beef, pork, cashews, almonds, and dark chocolate.

Folic Acid

Like Zinc, Folic Acid also aids in generating new cells. There are also studies that support taking Folic Acid to slow hearing loss, which may have to do with its ability to maintain healthy circulation in individuals. Folic Acid is found in spinach, broccoli and asparagus.

Magnesium

Another mineral necessary to healthy circulation, a lack of Magnesium in the inner ear causes the blood vessels to shrink. When Magnesium levels are good, the inner ear receives enough valuable oxygen. Magnesium can also act as a protective barrier for the delicate hair cells of the inner ear by eliminating free radicals caused by loud noises. Food rich in magnesium include artichokes, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes and broccoli.

Healthy habits are eventually just your habits

While you’re taking on a certain amount of extra planning and preparation, does the annoying addition of a mindful shopping list really compare to the added benefit of eating in ways that supports your hearing health? The great thing about habits is that once they are formed, that’s just how you do things! Think of it less as a few challenging weeks of planning meals and more as an investment in a lifetime of healthy hearing.

And, to ensure your best hearing health, schedule an annual hearing test with us at Preferred Hearing! We provide comprehensive hearing tests to track your hearing abilities and our friendly team is here to support you through every step of the hearing process.

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I cannot say enough excellent things about Jaycee and Barbara at Preferred Hearing. The staff is so kind and Jaycee took a lot of time with me to be sure I understood every test and reviewing all my options for hearing devices. I’ve only had my hearing aids one week, but it’s been a life changing week! Best decision I ever made coming to Preferred Hearing. (I am 80 years young again) - Mary Ann A. mary ann a review

Great team at the Winter Springs office. Knowledgeable, professional, friendly, outgoing and that's just the beginning. Barbara at the front desk is a sweetheart. Jaysee is THE professional you want to adjust your hearing aids. He can translate your hearing issues into adjustments that work. Highly recommend this group Hearing Professionals.

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I was impressed with the great detail of the hearing examination. I was a little skeptical about hearing aids but the staff is very professional and very experienced. I purchased a great set of hearing aids that have changed my life so I can hear so much better! They did not try to upsell me or sell me a pair that was extra expensive. They only showed me what I needed for my hearing aids. I highly recommend Preferred Hearing Centers!

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I had been with another hearing center and was not getting help with my profound hearing loss. In a last try I went to Preferred Hearing. The hearing testtng was more extensive than Florida Hospital audiologist! My problem was documented and corrected with streaming bluetooth hearing aids. It has made my life so much more fun again. I can watch TV with other humans without the volume blowing them out of the room. I can go to dinner with friends and hear them talking. Highly recommend to anyone with hearing loss!

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