Surprising Ways to Defend Against Hearing Loss
The medical mainstream is letting you down.
It’s not that doctors don’t care. Most do. It’s the system. It’s set up to view each health issue you face as separate and distinct. That’s how people wind up taking a dozen or more drugs at the same time. Even though some of those drugs are incompatible.
But no part of your body is independent. Take your ears, for example…
Noise exposure is the best-known cause of hearing loss. But it’s not the only cause. In fact, hearing loss has been linked to some causes you might never suspect.
Like heart risk. That’s right… Some of the same problems that increase your risk of serious heart problems also boost your risk of hearing loss.
One of them is high blood pressure.
Doctors in Brazil compared over 300 adults aged 45 to 64. They physically tested each volunteer’s blood pressure and hearing. After they took other variables into account, the people with high blood pressure were far more likely to also have a hearing loss.1
Which means you now have another good reason to keep your blood pressure under control.
Here’s a 2nd surprise linked to heart trouble and hearing loss: a high-glycemic diet.
In simple terms, a high-glycemic diet means you eat a lot of foods that raise your blood sugar. The main culprits are sugars and starches.
Breads, pasta, potatoes, rice and anything sugary will drive your blood sugar way up. Eat enough of these foods often enough, and your body may be unable to control the sugar levels in your blood.
Thanks to recent research, we now understand this raises your risk of both heart problems and hearing loss.
Australia’s Blue Mountains Hearing Study followed 2,956 adults for several years. The study gathered a great deal of data on their volunteers – including their eating habits.
When they compared diets, people who ate the most high-glycemic foods had a much greater risk of hearing loss than those who ate the least. In fact, their risk of hearing loss was 76% higher.2
So keeping your blood sugar under control may do more than defend your heart. It may also help you hold onto your hearing longer.
A team at Johns Hopkins recently linked another heart-risk culprit to hearing loss… Smoking.
The team reviewed the data from 3,257 adults who took part in a national health survey. They found people exposed to loud noises tended to lose the ability to hear high-pitched sounds. But smokers lost the ability to hear at both low and high pitches.3
The bottom line here? In this case, if you’re concerned about your hearing, taking a nutritional supplement for hearing support is a good idea.
But you may also want to consider a supplement to support overall heart health. Because a health issue can have far-reaching – and often unexpected – effects.
Yours in continued good health,
Dr Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
1 Marchiori, L.L. de M., et al, “Hypertension as a factor associated with hearing loss,” Rev. Bras. Otorrinolaringol. Jul/Aug 2006; 72(4).
2 Gopinath, B., et al, “Dietary glycemic load is a predictor of age-related hearing loss in older adults,” J Nutr. Dec 2010; 140(12): 2207-2212.
3 Agrawal, Y., et al, “Risk factors for hearing loss in US adults: data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 to 2002,” Otol Neurotol. Feb 2009; 30(2): 139-145.