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Researchers report that blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were inversely correlated with hearing difficulty in a new population-based cross-sectional study.
[Source: medicalxpress.com]


Research is increasingly finding that certain micronutrients play important roles in protecting against hearing loss. Ensuring sufficient levels of vitamin D seems to be particularly important, with research showing that low status of this micronutrient is associated with hearing loss in the elderly. Poor vitamin B12 and folate status may also be associated with age-related hearing impairment.

Studies have also shown that treatment with micronutrients can prevent or even reverse some types of hearing loss. Treatment with vitamins C and E has been shown to be helpful following unexplained, rapid loss of hearing, while high-dose intravenous vitamin C has been successfully used to enhance recovery in such cases. Use of vitamin B12, folic acid, and N-acetylcysteine may protect against occupational noise-induced hearing loss.

To read about a clinical study conducted by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute which demonstrated that a specific combination of micronutrients may be helpful in the treatment of tinnitus-induced hearing loss, see this article on our website.