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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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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