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The One Mineral That Stops Hearing Loss

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How do you know if your hearing loss is caused by aging or deficiency if both deficiency and aging happen over time? You try supplementing with zinc. Replenishing your zinc reserves has been shown to stop sensorineural hearing loss.


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Hearing Loss: Aging or Deficiency?

Hearing loss is often associated with aging, and while that may be true, aging is also a time when deficiencies can reveal themselves -- in particular, hearing loss. Symptoms of deficiency are years in the making, and so it is only logical that a deficiency such as hearing loss reveals itself as you age.

Statistics show that Hearing aid technology has improved significantly over the years and today's hearing aids are vastly more sophisticated than 20 years ago. Nevertheless, only 20 percent of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults aged 20-69, with the greatest amount of hearing loss in the 60 to 69 age group.

What is more, the Hearing Loss Association of America, states that about 20 percent of Americans -- 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss, and at age 65, one out of three people have hearing loss.

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Hearing Loss Caused By Zinc Deficiency

You may have been told that your hearing loss is permanent, but it may be more likely that you are deficient in zinc. As part of research published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology, Professor Robert Henkin first suggested that zinc deficiency might cause hearing-nerve impairment.

Assay of the soft tissues of the cochlea and vestibule parts of the ear revealed a zinc level higher than that of any other part of the body. Previously, the eye was considered to have the highest level of zinc of any organ.

To diagnose zinc deficiency clinically, researchers used serum zinc assays made at the Mayo Clinic Trace Element Laboratory. With zinc supplementation in patients who are marginally zinc deficient, there was an improvement in tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss in about one-third of elderly adults. Researchers believed zinc deficiency is one causation of presbycusis; by recognizing and correcting it, a progressive hearing loss can be arrested.

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We Are All Deficient In Zinc

Thanks to environmental factors such as pesticides and herbicides our soil, and hence our food supply, has become deficient in zinc. Therefore, increasing the amount of zinc in your diet is vital for your overall health as well as your hearing. Zinc is also a powerful immune booster that protects you from colds and the flu and helps to enhance other dulled senses such as taste perception, and smell.

Before you get fitted for that hearing aid, try supplementing with a good quality, bioavailable, ionic zinc concentrate. Eating more plant-based zinc-rich foods can’t hurt either. Apricots, cherries and pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of natural zinc. By replenishing your natural zinc reserves and eating more zinc-containing foods, you can regain your hearing while giving your immunity a boost.