Cop an Earful of This: Maintaining Your Auditory Health

Your hearing is one of your main senses. Many of us will take it for granted. But it is so important that we keep on top of our auditory health. Just like every other part of the human body, there are endless illnesses and diseases that can affect our ears. Inner ear infections like otitis media, outer ear infections like swimmer’s ear (or otitis exterior), excess wax build up, tinnitus cholesteatoma and autoimmune ear disease are just a few conditions that prove detrimental to numerous individuals’ health every year. That’s not to mention injuries such as perforated ear drums. So how do we take effective care of our ears? Here are a few tips and tricks.

Certain minerals and vitamins aid your auditory health

What you eat can affect your ear health. Zinc, magnesium… (Pixabay image, CC0 Public Domain)


You might be surprised to know that your diet can have a profound effect on your ear health and overall hearing ability. In particular, try to ensure you consume sufficient levels of these five different minerals and vitamins within your diet: Magnesium, Potassium, Folic Acid, Vitamin E and Zinc.

Magnesium helps to protect the delicate hairs inside your inner ears. You may not have known that these even exist, but they are essential in the process of detecting sound frequencies (or varying pitches). Potassium is necessary for the production of fluid in the inner ear which translates sound waves into electrical impulses which can be processed by the brain. Folic Acid helps in the production of new cells and promotion of good blood circulation, while Vitamin E protects the body from free radicals and other harmful toxins. Last but not least, Zinc helps to dissipate chronic ear infections. Continue reading