Sudden Deafness (Sensorineural Hearing Loss, SSNHL)

Sixty-thousand people wake up each and can’t hear in one or both ears. It can occur at any age but mostly occurs with 40 to 50 year olds.
Some people also notice vertigo (a loss of balance) or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

About half of these people have their hearing spontaneously return.

Here is why I recommend eating foods with lots of zinc for Sensorineural Hearing Loss:


Zinc is a naturally occurring mineral that is a necessary ingredient in your diet.

In one study of 66 patients with SSNHL, a steroid was given to half the patients. The other half of patients was given zinc and a steroid. The group given zinc did much better.
Yang CH, Ko MT, Peng JP, Hwang CF. “Zinc in the treatment of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss.” Laryngoscope. 2011;121(3):617-21.

Zinc helps to prevent damage to DNA, it repairs DNA breaks and reverses cell damage.
Sharif R, Thomas P, Zalewski P, Fenech M. “The role of zinc in genomic stability.” Mutat Res. 2012;733(1-2):111-21.
Song, et. al. “Dietary zinc restriction and repletion affects DNA integrity in healthy men.” Am J Clin Nut. 2009; Vol.90, No.2, 321-328.

According to research, around 40% of adults are deficient in zinc.
“Zinc Deficiences A Global Concern.” Oregon State University. Sept.17, 2009.

Foods High in Zinc:
Pumpkin Seeds
Dark Chocolate


Smoothie Recipes that contain High Zinc foods:


Animal Foods high in Zinc:
Red meat

Note about steroids:
The most common treatment is a high dose of oral steroids. There are debates on whether this works. What we do know is that there are a lot of side effects associated with steroids such as:
Acne, Bruising, Blurred Vision, Confusion, Depression, Difficulty Sleeping, Mood Changes, Increased body hair, Increased risk of stomach ulcers, Suicidal Thoughts, Increased Blood Pressure, High Blood Sugar, Increased risk of cataracts and glaucoma, Increased risk of infections, Osteoporosis, Block DNA Production, and Weight Gain.

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