Bananas can protect against hearing loss, new research shows

In the same way that we are told to drink milk to keep our bones strong we are now being encouraged to eat bananas to protect our hearing.

Emerging research shows key nutrients — including the potassium in bananas — can protect against age and environmental hearing loss while zinc protects against tinnitus.

"Studies show that nutritional deficiency is becoming an emerging causative factor in hearing loss," said Adelaide audiologist Frances Aglipay.

Potassium is very important in the functioning of the inner ear and plays an important role in converting sounds into signals that the nervous system can recognise.

"It doesn't mean that if you eat a lot of bananas, which are rich in potassium, it would cure the hearing loss but it can help maintain the optimum level of potassium to preserve the hearing.

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