Hearing loss is all too common these days. In fact, hearing problems have become a major health issue, affecting about 48 million people—20 percent of all American adults.
And the statistics get even more dire the older you get. By the time you reach age 65, you have a one in three chance of becoming hard of hearing.
But the thing is, hearing problems don’t have to be an inevitable part of growing old. In fact, new research shows that adding a few basic vitamins and minerals to your diet can dramatically improve your hearing…
Three nutrients that significantly improve hearing
Dr. Marc Micozzi stresses that the presence of free radical chemicals in the inner ear is a key factor in hearing loss, suggesting that antioxidants may play an important role in treatment.
In his Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Outsmarting “Old Age”, he cites a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition where researchers found that higher intakes of antioxidant vitamins A and C, combined with magnesium, were associated with better hearing in nearly 2,600 participants.
Furthermore, the beneficial effects of these three nutrients were found at normal speech ranges and high-frequency ranges of sound. And when the nutrients were used together, the combined benefit was greater than the individual effects of each nutrient alone.
That’s not a surprise, really, because magnesium is a proven antioxidant booster. And in addition, research shows that magnesium may help restore blood flow to the hearing apparatus of your ear following damage from excessive noise.
Dr. Micozzi recommends 200 mg of magnesium daily, along with 500 mg of vitamin C, twice each day. And for good measure, he also suggests taking another important antioxidant: vitamin E, 50 IU daily.
As for vitamin A, he believes that we don’t yet have sufficient data to determine the optimal dose, so he recommends getting your vitamin A from dairy, fish, and meat. And each of these foods contains essential fats, which promotes greater absorption because vitamin A is fat-soluble.
Minimize the drugs that can harm your hearing
Dr. Micozzi also strongly emphasizes one more critical point: “Many drugs can cause hearing loss—from antibiotics to popular pain relievers—including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen (Tylenol®).”
He cites a review of research involving more than 92,000 people. Those who regularly took ibuprofen had a 13 percent increased risk of hearing loss, and acetaminophen use was associated with a 21 percent greater risk.
In addition to the nutrients I just mentioned, Dr. Micozzi stresses the need for several other supplements that are essential for hearing support. You can find all the details about those in his Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Outsmarting “Old Age.”
“Can Hearing Aids Delay Time to Diagnosis of Dementia, Depression, or Falls in Older Adults?” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2019; Published online 9/4/19. doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16109