One surprising find might be that there are links between hearing health and bone and joint health. Studies strongly suggest that having hearing loss can be an early predictor of osteoporosis--degeneration of bony tissue that can cause loss of bone density. And, having osteoporosis can be a predictor of having hearing loss. Tinnitus--ringing in the ears--is also associated with bone and joint problems. The three bones in the middle ear are what are affected. As well, metabolic changes from osteoporosis can be the culprit. Any way you look at it, there is a connection.
A 2006 study found that osteoporosis--which can cause bone fractures--and otosclerosis, a bone condition that affects the middle ear, may be linked.The bones in the middle ear can fuse together, causing hearing loss. Another study, done in 2004, found a common gene between the two conditions. Therefore, The National Osteoporosis Foundation suggests engaging in regular exercise; avoid smoking and limit alcohol; get enough calcium and vitamin D, plus have a balanced diet; and eat foods that are good for bone health, such as vegetables and fruits. These efforts will help to ensure good bone and joint health, as well as good hearing health.
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