Most of us probably think of hearing loss as little more than an inconvenience.
Sure, maybe you end up having to ask folks to repeat themselves more often. And perhaps you have to turn up the TV a little louder. But no biggie… right?
Well, it turns out hearing loss might be the proverbial canary in the coal mine when it comes to your health. Researchers say those hearing deficits could be your first warning sign that something far worse is on the way.
A study has found that hearing loss could essentially be a red flag that life as you have known it is about to end. Because a physical decline that could touch every aspect of your life could be right around the corner.
But there’s some good news too. If you learn to spot the warning signs of hearing loss now and act fast, you could put the brakes on that slide. And you can end up holding on to the things that matter the most to you.
What your ears are trying to tell you
Study after study confirms it. Hearing loss is often linked to far bigger health problems in the near future.
In this case, the study finds a much quicker decline in overall physical function once the hearing loss sets in.
Seniors in the study were given a test called the short physical performance battery. The test measures key details such as walking speed and gait that are closely related to all-around physical function.
The folks with hearing loss did worse on those tests from the start. But they also declined faster when tested again over the following years.
The more severe the hearing loss, the bigger the problems were with…
- walking endurance
- overall physical function
But, of course, there’s more on the line than just the physical decline. Past studies have found that hearing loss can also hit the fast forward button on cognitive decline and dementia. There’s even some research that found poor hearing can trigger mood disorders, too.
Boost your hearing to slash your risks
Fortunately, there IS a way to turn it all back around. Invest in a hearing aid.
In 2019, researchers found these little unobtrusive gadgets can cut…
- dementia risk by 18 percent
- depression by 11 percent
- injuries from falls by 13 percent
In other words, a hearing aid could help prevent the damage hearing loss causes in three key areas: cognition, mood, and physical function. Plus, they’re cheaper than ever, not to mention far smaller and less noticeable than they used to be.
But as I mentioned earlier, you might not even need a hearing aid. There are some other factors that could be contributing to your hearing loss that are easy to correct.
First, get your doctor to check for wax buildup. You’d be amazed at how often removing excess wax can restore hearing. Just don’t try this yourself with a Q-tip. This is a job best left to the professionals.
Second, make sure you’re getting enough of the B vitamin folate (or folic acid). A 2018 study out of the Netherlands found that 800 mcg of folic acid daily for three years led to less hearing loss in older folks.
While other research found that older guys who were getting enough of this vital nutrient had a 20 percent lower risk of hearing loss.
And third, make sure you’re eating a whole-foods-based natural diet. A Mediterranean-style diet, for example, isn’t just great for your heart. Studies show it could cut your risk of hearing loss by nearly a third.
Learn about that… and other food-based ways to protect your hearing… in this free special report.
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