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‘Fishy’ matters for women with hearing loss

Posted:  Thursday, September 18, 2014

Women who consumed two or more servings of fish a week had 20% lower risk of hearing loss, found a recent study.

Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study found that consumption of specific fish like tuna, dark fish, light fish or shellfish and those rich in long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) can lower the risk of age related hearing loss in women.

The researchers used data from the Nurses’ Health Study II, a prospective cohort study. It followed 65,215 women from 1991 to 2009. During that follow up period, 11,606 incidences of hearing loss were reported.

The researchers noted that in comparison to women who rarely consumed fish, those eating fish twice or more per week reported lower risk of hearing loss. Individual examination revealed that specific fish varieties and higher intake of long chain omega-3 PUFA were inversely associated to hearing loss risk.

“Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent and often disabling chronic health condition. Although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of aging, the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss” , said lead author Sharon D Curhan.

Although literature does state the benefits of eating fish for preventing hearing loss, long term prospective study in this area was limited. The present study fills this lacuna and provides strong evidence that suggests the importance of diet in preventing hearing loss in women.

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