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Study Finds A Healthy Diet May Lower Risk of Acquired Hearing Loss

Study Finds A Healthy Diet May Lower Risk of Acquired Hearing Loss

Common causes of acquired hearing loss include age, injury, excessive noise exposure, diabetes, and viral infections. According to a new study, following a healthy diet may help lower the risk of acquired hearing loss in women.

Participants in the study included 3,135 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study II. The researchers used food-frequency questionnaires to collect dietary intake information. This information was used to determine adherence scores to the DASH diet, the Alternate Mediterranean diets, or the Alternate Healthy Index-2010. Hearing was measured at baseline and again after 3 years to assess hearing loss.

Women with the highest adherence scores had up to a 30% lower risk of a decline in mid-frequency hearing compared to those with the lowest adherence scores. The women with the highest adherence scores also had a 25% lower risk of decline in high-frequency hearing. No association was found for low-frequency hearing.

The study was conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital published on October 14, 2019 in theAmerican Journal of Epidemiology.

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