Many people have trouble hearing as they get older. But researchers think certain nutrients may help protect your ability to hear.
In lab experiments, scientists at the University of Michigan, the University of Florida and Washington University have found that the antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E as well as the mineral magnesium may help the ears defend themselves against damage.
In these studies, the antioxidant nutrients protected a structure in the inner ear implicated in age-related hearing loss. The scientists believe that oxidative damage is a strong contributor to hearing deterioration as we age.