One of the main functions of iron is the production of hemoglobin. With nearly 30% of people low on iron, anemia has become all too common. Research at Pennsylvania State University is now showing that iron deficiency may cause more people to lose their hearing. The study linked the occurrence of iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss and found that these people were more than two times more likely to have hearing issues. More study needs to be done to determine if iron supplementation will help, but it couldn’t hurt at this point.
- An iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States. Up to 30 percent of the world’s population are anemic, mainly due to low levels of iron.
- Low levels of iron in the blood, or anemia, can lead to severe health effects.
- A healthy well-balanced diet that meets the daily recommended intake of vitamins and other nutrients is crucial for everyone’s general physical well-being, as well as for optimal hearing health
“Low levels of iron in the blood, or anemia, can lead to severe health effects.”