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Healthy eating may reduce risk for hearing loss

By: Lydia L. Kim, Digital Content Editor

A new study from the American Journal of Epidemiology reveals that healthy diets are “associated with a lower risk of hearing loss.”

The research team collected longitudinal data from the Nurses’ Health Study II Conservation of Hearing Study by examining the changes in hearing sensitivity in the participants over a 3-year period.

The results indicated that women who strictly followed a healthy diet (for example, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet or the Alternative Mediterranean diet), had “substantially lower risk of decline in hearing sensitivity.”

Previous research has shown that healthy diets may result in a decreased risk of several health conditions, including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

The old adage, “you are what you eat” speaks volumes, and as healthcare research continues to investigate the connection between food and health, this phrase is sure to become even more meaningful.

Read more about the study here.


The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. This has not been peer reviewed.

1 Comment.

  • Very interesting study! I would never have thought that nutrition can affect human’s hearing! I still do not understand how this can be related, but I respect the work of scientists and trust them. At least, because now I understand why my mother and aunt have excellent hearing. Indeed, that generation is really healthier than ours. This is explained not only by the way of life that we are currently leading, but also by the quality of food. Nowadays there are so many ultra processed foods, fast foods, that definitely cannot positively affect the human body. Therefore, everything is possible! A very unusual but interesting statement about the hearing! Thanks for the informative article!

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