Cooking is a relaxing and rewarding hobby for some and a necessary evil for others. For those with hearing loss, there may be a way to combine this activity with their current, medically approved hearing loss treatment plan. The most common and widely accepted of which includes the use of hearing aids, cochlear implants or surgery.
Native to China, Japan and Korea, the Ginko tree with fan-shaped leaves is more than 200 million years old and has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. While many credit this herb for helping their anxiety, vision and breathing, it is important to note that there is no strong scientific support proving these claims.
Thought to promote blood circulation, some believe Ginko can improve the function of the brain, eyes, ears and legs. Good blood flow is key to a healthy ear.
The antioxidants in the herb may help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The seeds of the tree contain a substance that is thought to treat infections by killing bacteria and fungi.
This herb contains folic acid, a vitamin that supports DNA synthesis and cell growth.
A study titled “Age-related hearing loss and folate in the elderly” sought to identify the role folate plays in hearing loss. According to the study author Akeem Olawale, “Based on our research, age-related hearing loss may be associated with poor micronutrient status. The role of folate in cellular metabolism, the nervous system, and vascular function are important for the auditory system.”
The study interviewed 126 Nigerian men and women over the age of 60 with no preexisting medical conditions. They found that low levels of folic acid were significantly associated with high-frequency hearing loss in the elderly.
The study suggests that additional research be completed looking at the role vitamins play in auditory function.
High in zinc, this nutrient is thought to help strengthen your immune system and promote cell growth throughout your body. A good immune system can play a large role in preventing ear infections or helping to resolve them quickly.
To learn more about the best hearing loss treatment for you or to schedule an appointment with an experienced audiologist, contact Central Plains ENT today.