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Decreased hearing ability associated with low vitamin A levels was found in a group of patients suffering from alcoholic liver disease. Animal studies have demonstrated degenerative changes in the ganglion cells on a vitamin A-deficient diet. Lohle E: The influence of chronic vitamin A deficiency on human and animal ears: Arch Otorhinolaryngol 234(2):167-73, 1982.

Some improvement in tinnitus and associated complaints were observed in 12 patients with low vitamin B12 levels following vitamin B12 replacement therapy. Shemesh Z et al: Vitamin B12 deficiency in patients with chronic tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss. Am J Otolaryngol 14(2):94-9, 1993.

In children with hearing losses, fluctuations in hearing ability appeared to be vary according to their level of fat intake. Dietary changes led to a drop in cholesterol levels and a return to near normal hearing. Strome M et al: Hyperlipidemia in association with childhood sensorineural hearing loss. Laryngoscope 98(2):165-9, 1988.

A number of papers have reported a 5-15 decibel improvement in the pure-tone threshold in patients with hearing loss supplemented with a combination of vitamins A and E. Romeo G: The therapeutic effect of vitamins A and E in neurosensory hearing loss. Acta Vitaminol Enzymol 7 Suppl:85-92, 1985.

400 iu vitamin E per day may be a near optimal dose of vitamin E to reduce platelet adhesiveness. Jandak J et al: Reduction of platelet adhesiveness by vitamin E supplementation in humans. Thromb Res 49(4):393-404, 1988.

Treatment of vitamin D deficiency in patients with hearing problems should prevent progressive hearing loss, which may occasionally be partially reversible. Brookes GB: Vitamin D deficiency and deafness: 1984 update. Am J Otol 6(1):102-7, 1985.

Zinc supplements were given to tinnitus sufferers with low blood zinc levels, resuilting in a significant improvement in symptoms in 52% of cases, especially in cases of continuous tinnitus. Gersdorff M et al: The zinc sulfate overload test in patients suffering from tinnitus associated with low serum zinc. Preliminary report (French). Acta Otorhinolaryngol Belg 41(3):498-505, 1987.

259 tinnitus sufferers were given either Ginkgo biloba extract (a medicinal herb) or almitrine-raubasine or nicergoline. Ginkgo biloba was found to be an effective treatment. Meyer B: A multicenter study of tinnitus. Epidemiology and therapy (in French). Ann Otolaryngol Chir Cervicofac 103(3):185-8, 1986.

300 young, healthy individuals with normal hearing, undergoing military training with exposure to high noise levels, were given either magnesium aspartate or placebo. Thresholds for noise-induced permanent hearing loss were significantly higher in the magnesium group. Magnesium supplementation was therefore found to be protective against damage to hearing caused by exposure to noise. Attias J et al: Oral magnesium intake reduces permanent hearing loss induced by noise exposure. Am J Otolaryngol 15(1):26-32, 1994.


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