“Interestingly, we observed that those following an overall healthy diet had a lower risk of moderate or worse hearing loss,” said Sharon Curhan, MD, an epidemiologist in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH, and first author of the study. “Eating well contributes to overall good health, and it may also be helpful in reducing the risk of hearing loss.”
Researchers found that women whose diets most closely resembled the AMED or DASH dietary patterns had an approximately 30 percent lower risk of moderate or worse hearing loss. The AMED diet includes extra virgin olive oil, grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and a moderate intake of alcohol. The DASH diet is high in fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy, and low in sodium.