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The loud, Boom, Boom, Bang - the fireworks that use missiles that shoot up into the air and explodes into a color of light, although are wonderful to watch, can hurt our ears. The strong vibrations from that blast wave have the ability to cause damage to the inner ear hair cells. Using hearing protective devices like earplugs can help. It is also important for children to wear protective gear also.
There is a problem with hearing loss around the world. The National Institute of Health has data that shows that 15% of individuals over the age of 18 have problems with hearing. The percent is equivalent to 37 million people, which is around the same number of people that live in California. Also, men have double the amount of hearing loss as women between the ages of 20 to 69 years old.
There are certain ear problems that cause types of strange noises in your ears such as clicking, buzzing, hissing and other. The problem could be caused by an injury, hearing loss during the aging process or blood circulation problems.
Does exercise help hearing?
It has been suggested that exercise helps with hearing because there is increased blood flow to the ears.
There are delicate hair cells found in the inner ear (cochlea). They move when one receives sound waves and it helps to send electrical signals from the ears to the brain. The blood flow to the small hair cells is critically important for the brain to translate the sound into the electrical impulses.
Reduced physical activity has been connected to older adult hearing loss. A part of the cochlea called the stria vascularis contains many capillaries, which are important in transporting oxygen and nutrients into the cochlea. Some research shows that long term exercise postpones age related hearing loss. The reason is that it decreases the loss of capillaries which are connected to cochlea inflammation.
A few other suggestions to help reduce hearing loss are:
- If you smoke, stop. According to some research, it has been associated with hearing loss.
- Remove earwax if you have a build up in your ears. You may want to ask your doctor for the best way to do this without using a cotton swab, with can damage your ears.
- Manage your stress levels. The adrenaline flows when we are under stress and causes increased heart rate and reduced blood circulation. Short term it is not too bad, but long term stress for individuals that can’t handle it can cause problems with various body systems. Stress also can increase problems with ringing, buzzing or noise in the ears. This becomes very stressful for individuals that experience it and causes the problems to worsen.
Can nutrition help reduce hearing loss?
Yes, it has been shown that nutrition has an effect on hearing loss in humans. It has been shown that deficiencies of certain nutrients is connected to increased hearing loss.
Individuals with problems of being overweight have been shown to have a higher risk of hearing loss. In addition, a diet with high carbohydrates, fat and cholesterol and reduced protein are associated with poorer hearing.
A number of immune supporting nutrients that have been shown to aid hearing.
Zinc is a trace mineral, therefore the body requires small amounts, although it is very important and is involved in many chemical reactions in the body. It has been studied in human clinicals to show it helps with hearing. It is interesting because human clinical studies show that individuals with problems hearing buzzing, clicking have low zinc levels.
Research showed that subjects with hearing problems may have low blood zinc levels (31%) and possible improvement may be achieved by taking oral zinc supplements. Although, the investigators stated that it still is unknown whether the increase in zinc would improve hearing.
Vitamins and minerals that can be found in a multiple formula (liquid or pill form)
Vitamins A, B, C, D and E, and the minerals, magnesium, iron, iodine, selenium and zinc. The reason is believed to be related to reduced immune system function.
One study showed that Vitamin E and Vitamin C were beneficial to subjects hearing because of its antioxidant effects, reducing reactive oxygen metabolites in the inner ear.
Blood circulation is critically important to hearing. There are certain blood vessel conditions that have been shown to improve by consuming dietary flavonoids. They are specialized bioactive nutrients that provide protection against free radical damage in the ears.
- Many different super fruits like Concord grapes, Black cherries, Acai, blackberries and Gojii berry are rich in flavonoid compounds. These fruits contain concentrated bioactives found in their dark, rich pigment.
One long term population study, which was part of the Nurses’ Health Study II, included women between the ages of 27 to 44 years old. Every 4 years these women were evaluated with food frequency questionnaires. The results of this long term study showed the following:
Those women that consumed a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables containing high concentration of flavonoids and other nutrients had a lower risk of hearing loss.
In summary, our hearing can be effected by fireworks and loud sounds. Our objective is to take care of our ears. Exercise is believed to be beneficial to hearing because there is increased blood flow to the ears. To provide support to the ears it is wise to quit smoking if you do, remove ear wax, manage stress levels and eat healthy, consuming a variety of vitamins and minerals and flavonoids from the diet and from dietary supplements. Managing your weight and reducing sugar in the diet may be helpful.
If you have a health condition and or take medication, it’s recommended to check with your healthcare provider prior to changing your diet, engaging in exercise and/or taking any supplements. The information provided is for educational purposes only, and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice.
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