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Hearing Loss Reduced by Eating Fish

Fish-helps-prevent-hearing-lossAccording to a new study, women at risk for hearing loss may benefit from eating two or more servings of fish a week. This study shows that not only can hearing loss be delayed, in some cases, it can be prevented altogether.

Researchers with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts discovered that women who eat a minimum of two servings of fish along with omega-3 fatty acids a week may have reduced risk of hearing loss. As stated by Dr. Sharon Curhan with the Division of Network Medicine associated with the hospital, hearing loss is not only prevalent, it can be very debilitating.

Dr. Curhan continues by saying that while hearing loss is often linked to the aging population, being able to identify some of the potential risk factors that can be modified allows to consider various possibilities of delaying or preventing it.

This new study consisted of over 65,000 women followed from 1991 to 2009. Of those, more than 11,600 developed some level of hearing loss. However, a 20% reduced risk for hearing loss was noted in the women who consumed at least two servings of fish a week opposed to those who only at fish on occasion. As part of this, researchers were able to link the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in seafood, to a reduced risk of hearing loss.

The findings of this study were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and as stated by Curhan, eating any kind of fish reduced hearing loss risk to include light fish, dark fish, shellfish, tuna, and so on. Because of this, researchers believe diet is one of the key factors in delaying or preventing acquired hearing loss.

With this new study, researchers found a direct correlation between eating more fish and delaying or preventing hearing loss but what was not proven was a direct cause-and-effect connection.

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