Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

That couldn’t be a more truthful statement. Food doesn’t just affect the appearance of our bodies it also affects the functions. Your hearing can be greatly impacted by the foods you eat. If decreasing your chances of hearing loss by eating delicious, healthy foods doesn’t sound like a win-win, I don’t know what does.

Here is a list of foods, what they contain, and how it helps your hearing:

•    Seafood – contains omega 3 fatty acids- this strengthens the bloods vessels in your ears sensory system.
•    Leafy greens -- contain antioxidants and folic acid- they ward off hearing loss by preventing free radicals from damaging the tissue in your inner ears.
•    Citrus fruits – contain vitamins C and E – these boost your immune system and reduce the risk of ear infections.
•    Nuts – contain magnesium- studies show this helps prevent the most common type of hearing loss, noise induced hearing loss. Allergic to nuts? You can also find magnesium in yogurt, bananas and potatoes.
•    Dark Chocolate – (you read that right) - contains zinc – this helps your inner ear resist damage that results in presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss. It also contains antioxidants, which reduce the number of free radicals that can damage your hearing. So double up on that dark chocolate!

If you suspect you've already sustained hearing loss, schedule an appointment at our main office in Mason City, or any of our other locations throughout northern Iowa.