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The Nutrients of Hearing
They possess the ability to relieve many of aging’s hearing problems

By Will Block

O ur hearing tends to decline with age. But even when we were young, there was only so much abuse that our eardrums could take. For example, see “Using prophylactic antioxidants to prevent noise-induced hearing damage in young adults: a protocol for a double-blind, randomized controlled trial.”1 In this crossover trial, hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis [an over-sensitivity to certain frequencies] were reduced by the use of N-acetylcysteine and magnesium.

Several other clinical studies have found magnesium of value for tinnitus and sudden hearing loss, including “Magnesium treatment for sudden hearing loss.”2 Similarly for N-acetyl-cysteine, including one paper titled, “Study of protective effects on noise-induced hearing loss using N-acetyl-cysteine.”3

Vinpocetine has been used in the “Treatment of Acoustic Trauma”4 for subsequent hearing loss and tinnitus. In a recent Russian paper,5 “With the use of vinpocetine, 80% of the study group showed a significant improvement of hearing and reduced severity of tympanophonia [abnormal hearing of ones own voice and respiratory sounds, usually as a result of an exposed eustachian tube] compared with the control subjects treated by the traditional method.”

In a study of 150 tinnitus patients suffering from chronic unilateral or bilateral tinnitus who were previously ineffectively treated by oral or intravenous nutrients or drugs, the use of vinpocetine, in conjuction with physio­therapy, came out on top.6

Alpha lipoic acid has a long track record dealing with various types of hearing loss. For example, one study shows that even a short course of lipoic acid protects from induced hearing loss in humans.7 Then, in a 2008 study, researchers found that “Lipoic acid rescues DBA mice from early-onset age-related hearing impairment.”8

“Zinc supplements for preventing otitis media”9 is the title of a study finding that zinc can help prevent otitis media, an inflammation of the middle ear usually caused by infection. Otitis media affects people of all ages but is particularly common in young children. However, there are around 164 million people worldwide who have long-term hearing loss caused by this condition.

Another important nutrient for hearing is taurine. See, “The effect of supplemental dietary taurine on tinnitus and auditory discrimination in an animal model.”10 The results support the study’s hypothesis that, “taurine attenuates tinnitus and improves auditory discrimination by increasing inhibitory tone and decreasing noise in the auditory pathway.”

Other nutrients shown to be valuable for proper hearing function include niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, copper, betaine, theanine, glycine, olive leaf, pepsin, lecithin, alanine, proline, 5-HTP, and forskolin, some of which help increase bioavailability. You might then be happy to state, “How do I know what I think until I hear what I say.”


  1. Gilles A, Ihtijarevic B, et al. Trials. 2014 Apr 5;15:110.
  2. Nageris BI, Ulanovski D, Attias J. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2004 Aug;113(8):672-5.
  3. Ge Z, Ma S, et al. Lin Chung Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke Za Zhi. 2011 Nov;25(22):1040-1.
  4. Konopka W, Zalweski P, Olszewski J, et al. Otolaryngol Pol. 1997;51:281S-4S.
  5. Dadasheva MN, Agafonov BV, Shevtsova NN. Vestn Otorinolaringol. 2013;(1):85-7.
  6. Hahn A, Radkova L, Achiemere G, Klement V, Alpini D, Strouhal J. Int Tinnitus J. 2008;14(1):69-72.
  7. Quaranta N, Dicorato A, et al. Acta Otorhinolaryngol Ital. 2012 Dec;32(6):380-5.
  8. Ahn JH, Kang HH, et al. Neuroreport. 2008 Aug 27;19(13):1265-9.
  9. Gulani A, Sachdev HS. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Apr 18;4:CD006639.
  10. Brozoski TJ, Caspary DM, et al. Hear Res. 2010 Dec 1;270(1-2):71-80.

Will Block is the publisher and editorial director of Life Enhancement magazine.

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