As kids, many of us were probably told to eat our carrots for better eyesight. However, did anyone ever propose foods healthy for your hearing? Probably not. Young children now can be taught what to eat for healthy ears and hearing; wise advice that we should really all abide by.

Many things can contribute to hearing problems, including age, infections and noise. The following foods include vitamins and nutrients that may help prevent some typical causes of hearing loss.

Surprisingly, fish such as salmon or trout which contains omega 3 fats and vitamin D, has been shown in medical studies to reduce age-related hearing problems. Other smart options for fish containing vitamin D and omega 3 fats include the tuna fish probably in your pantry and the anchovies that top your pizza. Any of these, eaten at least twice per week, may help you hear better as you age.

Workers at a high risk for hearing damage include music artists, construction workers, and others exposed to loud noises. Foods abundant in magnesium like potatoes, banana and artichokes can help protect the hearing of those with a job or hobby subjecting them to intense sound. Despite the fact that the precise mechanism is not understood, animal and human studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps protect against noise-induced hearing loss.

Good news! You’ll be delighted to learn that dark chocolate is beneficial to your hearing health! The zinc found in dark chocolate helps prevent zinc deficiencies which are connected to age-related hearing loss. If you do not like dark chocolate, eat some oysters; any foods which contain zinc will do!

Contact with excessive noise can trigger the generation of harmful free radicals bringing about the death of delicate inner ear hair cells, according to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Minimize free radical damage with folic acid and antioxidants. For example, spinach, eggs, nuts and asparagus are some common foods loaded with both folic acid and antioxidants.

Nowadays we can help our kids lessen future hearing damage with a few basic foods we most likely have in our kitchen. Simply add some of these suggestions to the grocery list next to carrots for good eye sight.