Potassium helps us hear, so let’s go bananas!

A cleverly titled article recently caught my attention. Catherine Heuzenroeder from ABC Australia recently posted an article called “Let’s Go Bananas”. (Full article available here)

A Campaign for Better Hearing, is offering free bananas and hearing checks at “Go Bananas” events across Australia in 2018. This is a creative new approach to promote better hearing and discuss hearing loss.

Catherine writes that 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 hearing loss but it can help maintain the optimum level of potassium to preserve hearing.

A Healthy Hearing article called Foods that Boost Hearing: Be Mindful of your Minerals, by Brande Plotnick says that potassium is responsible for regulating the amount of fluid in your blood and body tissue. That can be important to your hearing health because fluid in the inner ear, that part of the ear that translates the noises we hear into electrical impulses, is dependent upon a rich supply of potassium. As we age, those levels naturally drop which could be a contributing factor for age related hearing loss. (To continue reading click here)

So make sure to eat bananas your ears will thank you. 😊

 

Eric McKeown
Hearing Instrument Specialist

Capital Audiology, Ottawa, Ontario

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