How to save my hearing?!

Question: How to save my hearing.?
Both of my parents lost their hearing by age 80. I think it was caused by the ton of inorganic multivitamins they took. However, I am open to answers, I would like to avoid hearing loss at old age if possible. I know people in their 90s who hear quite well. Our next-door neighbor is 96 and hears very well, so it is possible. Health Question & Answer

Just because you are 80 years old doesn't mean that you have to lose the function of your body. Most of the disfunction of old age comes from the depletion of vitamins and minerals, and the lack of physical activity.

I apologize for the length of this answer!

There are plenty of things to supplement your diet with to help proect your hearing.


* A: Although vitamin A is known to play a significant part in many bodily functions, as far as hearing is concerned, a deficiency increases noise susceptibility and a decrease in sensory function. As far back as 1978, research showed that vitamin A is essential in inner-ear morphogenesis (development of the structure). Benefits have been seen in the hearing-impaired who have taken vitamin A supplements, including those with noise-induced hearing loss. The best form for the body is Beta-Carotene since the retinol forms can create toxic levels if too much is taken. The beta-carotene form will not do this no matter how much is taken. The only side effect if too much is taken is the skin will turn an orangey color.

* B Complex: While B complex is well known to be vital for the health of nerves, it is equally so in helping to prevent hearing loss. A good B complex supplement can help reduce ear pressure and has been used to treat sudden deafness with profound hearing loss. In one study, subjects with sudden deafness were treated with vitamin B complex. Some recovered completely while others improved their hearing substantially. Tinnitus has also been studied. After several weeks, treatment was deemed to be successful.
The following is a break-down of how individual B vitamins can affect hearing.
NOTE: Do not take only one of the B vitamins without adding all the others since doing so will create deficiencies in one or more of the others, which can lead to other health problems. In other words, if you take niacin, for example, also include a B complex supplement.

o Biotin: A deficiency produces many health-related disorders, including hearing loss. It has also been associated with long-term hearing and visual complications.

o Folacin: Although folacin is the official term, it can be quite confusing since other words are more commonly used, includingfolate and folic acid. Folate is used to encompass the entire group of folate vitamin forms: the natural folypolyglutamates found in food, and folic acid, the synthetic form added to dietary supplements and fortified foods. In any event, it is one nutrient commonly found deficient in those with hearing loss, especially the elderly who are often deficient in folacin as well as B12. When this happens, high levels of the toxin homocysteine form. This causes cholesterol deposits to build up on artery walls, reducing blood flow, nutrients, and oxygen to the heart and other organs, including the ears. Folacin supports energy production in hearing cells as well as increases circulation to the ears and elsewhere in the body. This deficiency is one of the main reasons people equate hearing loss with aging. Obviously, this need not happen.

o B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine not only enhances circulation but it also optimizes brain and hearing function. A deficiency is known to produce a delayed auditory brainstem response. A biotin deficiency is also thought to affect development of the auditory nerves. Therefore, it is essential that a diagnosis and treatment of a biotin deficiency is carried out in the first year of life.

o B2 (Riboflavin): B2 is thought to help the hearing cells use needed oxygen. To illustrate how important B2 is as far as the transportation of oxygen is concerned, hyperbaric oxygen treatments are now being recommended as the preferred treatment for sudden hearing loss, acute noise trauma from a car airbag, and Meniere's disease.

o B3 (Niacin): In the body, niacin is converted into two active forms: NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and NADP (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate), which are vital in the transfer of energy in cells. They are two of the most important coenzymes in the human cell involved in more than 50 different metabolic reactions. Niacin and its derivatives help nerve and hearing function cells operate at optimal levels by increasing circulation to the ears, as well as other parts of the body. It has been particularly helpful for those suffering from Meniere's syndrome, associated with hearing loss and vertigo.

o B5 (Pantothenic acid): Pantothenic acid has been helpful to those suffering from tinnitus where it is thought to

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