Dr Doug Bibus, PhD
A recent study has reported that individuals with higher fish and omega-3 intake versus low intake have a reduced risk of developing hearing loss!
Hearing loss not a big deal? Approximately 30% of people over the age of 65 have a hearing loss disorder. Hearing impairment begins to increase around age 50 as the tiny structures that regulate hearing begin to age. Loss of hearing can significantly impact quality of life.
This study examined 65,215 women (1,038,093 person years) from 1991 to 2009. The women reported their dietary habits twice a year. Women consuming 2-4 servings or more of fish per week (about 1 pack of Coromega per day) had a 20 percent reduction in risk for developing hearing loss. This study reported 11,606 cases of hearing loss in the study population during the study period. Women consuming more EPA and DHA had greater protection from hearing loss.
How might omega-3 from fish protect us from hearing loss? Hearing relies on a number of finely tuned membranes and nerves that take sound waves from your ear and turn them into an electronic signal that your brain recognizes and interprets. DHA supports healthy membranes and their function. Remember that our brain and eyes run on DHA! Blood flow through a part of the ear called the cochlea is also very important for proper hearing. EPA and DHA support healthy blood flow and the authors of the present study concluding that proper blood flow may be the critical factor to improved hearing seen in this population.
So if you want to protect yourself from hearing loss reach for some fatty fish like salmon or herring 2-4 times per week. If fish is not in your reach or herring doesn’t tickle your palate, take a pack a day of Coromega that contains 650mg of EPA and DHA per serving in a high digestible super tasty orange yogurt like emulsion.
Fish and fatty acid consumption and the risk of hearing loss in women.Curhan, SG, Eavey, RD, Wang, M, Rimm, EB and Curhan, GC.Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Nov;100(5):1371-7 The cochlea converts vibrations of the stapes into neural activity in auditory-nerve fibers."Cochlea" means snail in latinFrom Dr. David Furness, Keele University