Many people take the fact they can hear for granted and therefore looking after your ears can be ignored and overlooked. Many people go through life thinking, paying very little attention to their ears, and hearing because it just works. However, the prospect of potential hearing loss is undoubtedly a concerning one, but there are some ways in which you can prevent it and look after your hearing health.
The preservation of your hearing is achieved by looking after your ears, for example, avoiding excessively loud noise, using earplugs when you attend concerts and using headphones instead of earbuds. If you do find your hearing deteriorating, you can learn more about how technology can help with this and take action now, but even if you have not noticed any issues yet, there are many natural therapies you could try for preventing hearing loss.
The ear is made up of the outer, middle, and inner ear, and all of these three parts of the ear work together to move sound from the outer part through the middle and into the inner part of the ear and are important for detecting sound as well as maintaining balance.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is an amino acid which helps to prevent damage to your hair cells in the middle ear. This can help to reduce the chances of suffering from hearing loss, which generally occurs when those hair cells get damaged or die. Acetyl-L-Carnitine can be found in meat and dairy products, and you can also take supplements just check with your pharmacist first, especially if you are currently taking other prescribed medication.
Vitamin B12 has an important role to play in maintaining optimal nerve health, which is particularly important if you want to protect your ears. If you suffer from a deficiency in B12, or you have noticed symptoms, then it is worth undergoing a blood test to check your levels as supplements are available over the counter, or injectables may be prescribed.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are very important when it comes to our heart health, but did you know that your hearing can also benefit if you make sure you have a good intake of these essential nutrients? Omega-3 supplements are an option, but a diet rich in oily fish such as salmon, nuts, and vegetables (like Brussels sprouts) should be more than sufficient for most people.
Melatonin is a hormone which is most often related to the regulation of a healthy sleeping pattern. However, studies have shown that it may also have a role to play in protecting against age-related hearing loss. Supplementing melatonin could be the right for you if you feel you need that extra boost, and there are plenty of over-the-counter options available. Of course, you should always check for with your doctor if you are taking prescribed medication or any other supplements.
For many people, the last time they had their hearing checked was in primary school, but according to healthcare professionals, we should get a “baseline” hearing test early in our adulthood aged 18 to 21 which will also measure your ability to understand speech, both at soft levels and when the volume is comfortable. Also, the audiologist will evaluate the overall health of the ear via a visual exam.