A common problem with aging is hearing loss.
Hearing impairment due to old age is practically expected.
But you may not realize that things that cause hearing loss also cause other problems in the body.
So, it’s not just a matter of getting a hearing aid.
It’s a matter of figuring out what’s causing the hearing loss and stopping it from causing more damage.
You want to find ways to stop or reverse hearing loss.
This is really important because the ears are very sensitive to problems in the entire body.
So having an issue with hearing is like alarm bells going off to tell us that there are bigger issues.
When that alarm is ringing, it tells us that we need to change your diet, alter the medications that we’re on, or take other lifestyle changes seriously.
So today, we’re going to look at some sources of hearing loss that indicate widespread problems with metabolism.
There are ways to reverse hearing loss.
The first source is tied to the amount of fat we eat.
After reading this study, my first suggestion to reverse hearing loss is to lower your fats.
This study shows that a high-fat diet induced major oxidative stress in rats.
This oxidative stress resulted in hearing loss.
The present study demonstrated that a high fat diet may induce oxidative stress, mitochondrial damage and apoptosis in the inner ear.
And it provided evidence regarding the link between high fat diets and an increased risk of age-related hearing loss.
I’m pretty sure that this study is really about PUFAs.
PUFAs are bad fats and seed oils which are found in all vegetable oils.
They are in peanut butter, peanut oil, canola oil, fish oil, sunflower seed oil and all the rest.
Anything with vegetable oil is high in PUFAs.
I think that they fed these rats high PUFA diets, and the rats lost their hearing.
The reason that I think the diet was high in PUFAs is that we already know that PUFAs cause a LOT of oxidative stress in the body.
And we know that saturated fats cause less of this stress.
So causing oxidative stress with a high-fat diet would have been a diet high in PUFAs.
PUFAs are probably the biggest cost of hearing loss.
If you want to lower your fat level you should especially eliminate PUFAs.
Don’t eat any fried foods, don’t eat anything with mayonnaise in it, don’t eat peanut butter or nuts.
Eliminating these fats will help to avoid all the oxidative stress that the PUFAs cause.
This is great news because it will protect you from so many things, beginning with hearing loss.
Replace the damaging PUFAs with safer fats.
Safe fats include fats found in cheese, butter, and coconut oil.
You’ll need to be very conscious of what you eat, particularly when you eat out.
It’s hard to get these when you eat out at restaurants because restaurants use PUFAs in almost everything.
Now you know how to avoid one cause of hearing loss.
Another source of hearing loss is taking statins.
If you’re taking statin drugs, you need to be aware that they may be causing widespread damage in your body — especially in your hearing.
There is hard evidence from people that statins cause muscle damage, but now we also know that they cause hearing loss.
And of course, the drug companies don’t fund these studies, or we wouldn’t know of the hearing loss connection yet.
Bur researchers found in this mouse study that a common statin drug caused a lot of hearing damage.
They tested a statin drug called Zocor.
The Zocor caused hearing cell damage, and the damage is irreversible.
Since they all work the same way, the problem is probably common to every statin drug.
In fact, every cholesterol-lowering drug probably causes hearing loss — and it is irreversible.
Let’s look at another study.
This is a case study which started with tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
This tinnitus progressively grew into full-scale hearing loss.
As the authors of the study say
We recommend that clinicians and patients be aware of the risk of atorvastatin-associated tinnitus and permanent hearing loss.
This study looked at Lipitor and its generics.
Again, they found the problem where this statin causes hearing loss.
These are the two most prescribed statins, and they both cause irreversible hearing loss.
It is reasonable to expect that this will most likely be true of all statins.
I’ve told you before that I think you should avoid these if you can.
Now you have another reason.
A third source of hearing loss is noise — and you can protect against this damage.
You may have heard about this particular cause of hearing loss before.
Noise that is very loud or continuous causes damage to the cells in the ear.
This damage is a form of oxidative stress.
And it’s the big reason why people are encouraged to wear earplugs when working with loud machinery or attending concerts close to the stage.
The good news is that you can do more than wear earplugs to help prevent this particular cause of hearing loss.
Experiments have been done with antioxidants which you can buy as a supplement.
One antioxidant you can try is Acetyl-L-Carnitine or ALCAR.
You can take this one after exposure to loud noise to help with recovery!
Taking 500mg to 2000mg per day helped substantially by minimizing the damage to the sensitive cochlear hearing cells in the ear.
This is great news, especially if you enjoy concerts up close to the stage!
As we age, we don’t want to descend into the isolation of deafness.
Understanding the things that we do that can cause hearing loss will help us to prevent it.
Today we looked at likely sources of hearing loss that are fairly easily fixed.
Avoid statins if you can, I don’t believe anybody should be taking statins.
You need to talk to your doctor and do your own research on that one.
But controlling your diet is something you can do for yourself.
And I think that the problem of vegetable oils and PUFAs causing deafness is very real.
It probably contributes to the massive number of men experiencing significant hearing loss.
Simvastatin treatment induces morphology alterations and apoptosis in murine cochlear neuronal cells
Irreversible Atorvastatin-Associated Hearing Loss
Mechanisms of noise-induced hearing loss indicate multiple methods of prevention