The decline in hearing is a common occurrence as we get older. In fact, approximately half of adults over the age of 75 in the United States experience hearing loss that affects their daily lives. Unfortunately, we currently do not have a way to prevent age-related hearing loss. However, researchers have made an interesting discovery. They have found a connection between higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream and a reduced risk of age-related hearing issues.
In this study, a team of researchers examined the blood DHA levels and hearing status of over 100,000 individuals from the UK Biobank aged 40-69. The analysis revealed that individuals with higher levels of DHA in their blood were 16% less likely to report hearing difficulties compared with those at lower DHA levels. Researchers observed a significant correlation between higher DHA levels in middle-aged and older adults and a reduced likelihood (8-20%) of experiencing age-related hearing problems compared to individuals with lower levels of DHA.
This study investigated the relationship between omega-3 fatty acid levels in the blood and observed hearing complaints. The findings suggest a potential link, indicating that omega-3 fatty acids may play a role in hearing health. However, it is important to note that this study does not provide definitive evidence that omega-3 fatty acids prevent hearing loss.
There may be other factors at play that have not been tested or considered. For example, individuals with high omega-3 fatty acid levels may also exhibit a greater inclination towards maintaining overall health, and it is possible that other variables are directly correlated to hearing health. Further research is needed to fully understand the complexities of this association.
Scientific evidence strongly supports the idea that having high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA, in our bodies is beneficial for vision, brain, and cardiovascular health. Conversely, a low intake of omega-3s is associated with an increased risk of chronic diseases, premature birth, and even death from any cause. To optimize our omega-3 levels, it is crucial to consume foods that are rich in EPA and DHA and/or consider taking omega-3 supplements.
To view the original scientific study click below:
(PTFS07-02-23) Association of Plasma Omega-3 Blood Levels and Prevalent Hearing Loss in the UK Biobank