Healthy diet can improve hearing in women

New study supports relationship between specific nutrients and avoidance of hearing loss

According to new research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital examining the relationship between diet and hearing, a healthy diet can help women avoid hearing loss.

Researchers examined health data collected by the Nurses’ Health Study II, tracking the diets and health of 70,966 women over a 22-year span. Healthy eating habits were scored using three different diet-rating systems: the alternate Mediterranean diet, or aMED; the “dietary approaches to stop hypertension,” or DASH diet; and the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010.

Their analysis showed women who adhered most closely to a healthy diet were least likely to develop hearing loss during the 22 years.

“Interestingly, we observed that those following an overall healthy diet had a lower risk of moderate or worse hearing loss,” said Dr. Sharon Curhan, an epidemiologist at BWH. “Eating well contributes to overall good health, and it may also be helpful in reducing the risk of hearing loss.”

Women in the study were asked about their eating habits on a quadrennial basis. Those adhering closest to the aMED or DASH diets had 30 percent lower risks of hearing loss.

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