Nutrition is an essential part of maintaining good health, and that includes hearing health. Certain nutrients have been linked to better hearing, including potassium.
Potassium and Better Hearing
A 2019 study looked at the association between potassium intake and hearing loss. Researchers examined data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey as well as results from pure-tone audiometry tests. They discovered that people with high potassium intake levels experienced a lower prevalence of hearing loss.
While the reason for the association is unknown and requires further research, there are some reasons why potassium might be beneficial to your hearing.
- Heart healthy. Potassium is essential to healthy heart function. It helps regulate things like blood pressure and heart rate and can prevent abnormal rhythms. Considering that conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease can increase hearing loss risk, it makes sense that a nutrient that keeps your heart healthy may also protect your hearing.
- Balances fluids. One of potassium’s main functions is to help maintain fluid balance throughout the body, including the inner ear. This balance keeps the hair cells of the inner ear healthy and function properly. Hair cells play a critical role in the hearing process, and damage to them is frequently what causes permanent hearing loss.
Adding Potassium to Your Diet
Potassium is an essential nutrient, and it’s important to get optimal levels to stay healthy. However, that doesn’t mean more is always better. Too much potassium can lead to health problems, some of which are serious. Only take a potassium supplement or start consuming potassium well over the recommended daily levels if you have been advised to do so by your doctor.
Instead, look for ways to incorporate high-potassium foods into a well-balanced diet. Add foods like bananas, potatoes, avocado and lima beans to your shopping list the next time you go to the grocery store or check out The Farmers Market on Grand Parkway.
What to Do if You’re Experiencing Hearing Loss Symptoms?
While diet, including potassium intake, can play a role in your hearing health, there are multiple factors that can cause hearing loss. Some of these factors aren’t in our control.
Regardless of the cause, if you notice that you’re not hearing as well as you used to or have had loved ones comment on your hearing, schedule an appointment with an audiologist. An examination and hearing test can quickly assess the severity of any hearing loss you may have, as well as help decide what hearing aids will work best to help you process sound better.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Today's Hearing today.