It’s been a while since I’ve addressed hearing loss in this space. But as one of the top five causes of disability in the world, you’d better believe it’s important.
More important, in fact, than most people realize. Because your ability to hear affects far more than just your ears. And losing it carries serious consequences for your mind and your body…
From hearing loss, to memory loss
Researchers recently analyzed data from the 2016 Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions of Japan, which gathered information from nearly a quarter million Japanese households.
This study zeroed in on roughly 138,000 subjects, all aged 65 or older, and none with dementia. Just under ten percent reported hearing loss—rates of which increased with advancing age.
Even after adjusting for key factors like smoking, drinking habits, and income levels, notable trends still emerged.
For starters, nearly 29 percent of people with hearing loss reported limitations in activities outside the home, like shopping or travel, versus just ten percent of those without hearing loss. At the same time, nearly 40 percent of people with hearing loss reported psychological distress—versus just 20 percent of those without.
But the most dramatic differences were in cognitive health, with nearly 38 percent of hearing loss patients also reporting memory loss—versus a mere five percent of subjects without hearing loss reporting such deficits.
Protection starts with proper nutrition
If this doesn’t convince you to make every effort to halt hearing loss in its tracks, I really don’t know what will. And yes, basic precautions (like ear protection from loud noise) are a good place to start. But it’s not the only factor to consider.
Sensorineural hearing loss—the kind associated with aging, which accounts for a good 90 percent of cases—reduces your ability to hear faint sounds and muffles louder noises. It occurs as a result of nerve damage—either to the tiny cells in the cochlea (the part of the inner ear resembling a snail shell), which converts sound waves into nerve impulses, or to the actual nerve cells that transmit those impulses to the brain.
This means that anything that damages nerve cells will also damage your hearing—and chronic exposure to loud noise is only one way this could happen. Other causes aren’t nearly so obvious.
In fact, microcirculatory problems and high homocysteine also contribute directly to hearing loss. And the solutions to both incredibly common concerns are primarily nutritional.
They’re also the main focus of my hearing protection supplement protocol, which I shared last year, in the September 2018 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“ANTI-AGING BREAKTHROUGH: The key to staying young starts in your ears”).
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“Hearing loss tied with mental, physical, and social ailments in older people.” Science Daily, 07/19/2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190719102138.htm)