Researchers Suggest A Healthy Diet May Lessen The Risk Of Hearing Impairments Among Women

For women who love to eat vegetables and fruits, not only will it make a person feel better physically, but it can also have helpful benefits in the future.

A new study suggests that eating healthy can improve hearing in women. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital claim that a diet can also be beneficial for women who may be suffering from hearing impairments.

The researchers gathered information from Nurses’ Health Study II, which tracked the health and diets of 70,966 over a span of 22 years. The participants’ health scores were determined by which diet they chose to follow: the alternate Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet, or the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010.

The results showed that women who stuck close to a healthy diet were less likely to have hearing problems in the future.

Can Diets Cure Hearing Problems?
The Mediterranean diet or aMED, consist of extra virgin olive oil, vegetables, fruits, grains, and fish. A person can drink alcohol while on this diet but in moderation. The DASH, (dietary approaches to stop hypertension), diet mainly focuses on fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy or low-sodium foods. The Alternative Healthy Eating Index (AHEI) 2010 diet is a combination of the aMED and DASH diets.

Women who participated in the study were asked about their eating habits every four years. The researchers saw that the women who followed the aMED and DASH diets had a 30 percent lower chance of having hearing problems than those who didn’t follow the dietary eating habits.

The researchers saw that over 33,000 women who had given detailed hearing-related information may even suggest that the risk of not having hearing problems could be greater than 30 percent and could also be due to the AHEI-2010 diet.

Dr. Sharon Curhan, who was the lead author of the study and an epidemiologist in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH, stated that eating well is good for the overall health of a person, but it can also attribute to preventing hearing loss.

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

The researchers did state more information about this study needs to be collected. The results of this study were published in The Journal of Nutrition.