Four Tips to Prevent Hearing Loss

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Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 05/01/2014

Taking the right nutrients can help to preserve your hearing.If you have hearing loss, you’re not alone. Hearing loss affects one in three Americans over the age of 65 and half of those over age 85. The primary cause of age-related hearing loss is damage to the hair cells in the inner ear that transmit sounds to the brain. What damages these hair cells most is exposure to loud noises.

The good news is, there are many things you can do to prevent hearing loss. You may even be able to halt or reverse hearing loss damage that has already occurred. Here are four simple tips to help prevent hearing loss and protect your ears.

1. Cut Out the Noise: Invest in a good pair of ear plugs—they reduce noise 15 to 30 decibels if worn properly. You can find a good set of ear plugs at any pharmacy. If you’re in a situation where you’re unexpectedly exposed to loud noise, covering your ears with your hands may be able to help prevent hearing loss. In addition, make a conscious effort to keep the volume of the radio or TV at an audible level, but no louder.

2. Clean Out Your Ears Regularly: It’s important that your ear passages are as clear as possible. Ear wax can be softened and removed by mixing 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in a glass of warm water for several minutes. Once the peroxide is adequately warmed, tilt your head to the side and place a few drops of the liquid into your ear, keeping your head to the side for about three minutes. Repeat on the other side and wipe out the interior of the ear with a cotton cloth or swab when you are finished.

3. Try Fenugreek Seed Tea: Now there’s no research backing this up, or any biological reason that I know of for why it should work, but I’ve heard two stories of people who have restored their hearing to a large extent by drinking fenugreek seed tea once a day. Others claim it improves tinnitus as well. You can purchase these seeds at health food stores. Boil them in a pot, simmer for five minutes, then let sit for another 20 minutes. Strain the water and drink it while it’s still lukewarm. I can’t promise it’ll work, but if I had hearing problems, I’d certainly try it.

4. Check Your Nutritional Supplement Intake: One of the best ways to help prevent hearing loss is with proper nutrition through good diet and nutritional supplements. Take adequate doses of folic acid (800 mcg), vitamin B12 (150 mcg), vitamin A (15,000 IU, mostly as beta-carotene), zinc (30 mg), and magnesium (500 mg). In addition, Ginkgo biloba (120-180 mg) helps improve circulation and prevent free radical damage.

Now it’s your turn: What are you doing to prevent hearing loss?

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