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Fish and Fish oils may protect hearing in women

Oct 06, 2014

Fish and Fish oils may protect hearing in women

     Acquired hearing loss is common and often disabling. It can also contribute to social isolation and possibly, according to some research, dementia. Yet, there is very little research on modifiable risk factors. In this study, researchers from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital examine data on fish oils and hearing.

They examined the effects of fish consumption, fish oils and hearing loss in 65,215 women between the years 1991 to 2009 enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. Consumption of two or more servings of fish each week was connected to a 20% lowered risk of hearing loss. Higher intake of fish oils was also connected to health with up to a 22% decreased risk of hearing loss in women. The study is published in the November 2014 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.