Eat your way to healthy hearing

We all know the importance of healthy eating for our overall physical and mental wellbeing, but did you know eating the right things can help prevent hearing loss?                         

Here’s how to give your ears a boost, the healthy way:

  • Eat your greens

Mum was right, greens are good. Dark leafy greens, broccoli, peas and asparagus, even Brussels sprouts for the brave, are all rich in folate, which is proven to protect against age-related hearing loss. This B vitamin helps produce new cells and maintain good circulation, essential for healthy ears.

Not keen on greens? Beans and organ meats are also good for a folate fix so tuck into some chickpea hummus or chicken liver pate instead. 

  • Go bananas

Potassium has been shown to protect our hearing, attributed to its role in regulating the fluid in our ear that is associated with hearing. Potassium levels naturally decrease as we age so making sure you’re getting decent dietary intake is important for preventing age-related hearing loss.

To top up your potassium levels, grab a banana or dried apricots as a snack, add an avocado and spinach to your salad or enjoy some salmon with your dinner.

  • Veg out

Also found in fruit and vegetables, magnesium helps protect delicate hairs in the inner ear from the shock of loud noises and buffering against the biggest culprit when it comes to hearing loss – noise damage.

Choose wisely and you can get yourself a double whammy - potassium to protect from age-related hearing loss, and magnesium to protect from noise-related hearing loss. Try bananas, spinach, citrus and potatoes.

  • Think zinc

Looking for an excuse to indulge in chocolate? Thought to be an effective treatment for tinnitus, and shown to increase the inner ear’s resistance to hearing loss, zinc can be found in beef, lamb, seafood, garlic, chickpeas and our favourite, dark chocolate.

Zinc is important for immune function too, so it can help ward off nasty ear infections.

Next time you’re at the supermarket, add some hearing-healthy foods to your trolley and rustle up mineral-rich meals for you and your loved ones. Your ears will thank you for it.

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