Have you ever felt a bit bloated (and thirsty) after you've had food that was loaded with more salt than you're used to in an average meal? This is a result of consuming too much salt, it's not just in your head – though it could go to your head, or rather, your ears specifically.
In general, salt isn't exactly great for our health. Too much of it can lead to quite a few health complications. We'll tell you about some of those complications, including the bit that might answer that question you keep asking, "Do you hear that ringing?"
Read on to learn how high salt consumption can affect your health and your hearing.
Salt and your body
To begin, we do need salt to stay healthy, we just don't need a lot of it. However, too much salt is really bad for blood pressure. It has the ability to raise it to unhealthy levels, which can cause a host of health risks ranging from stroke to heart attacks and even failure. Too much salt is also currently under suspicion of causing diseases like cancer and osteoporosis, with some serious ties to obesity.
While all this is important to know, we're here to talk about salt's influence on your hearing! Let's check it out.
Salt and your hearing
Meniere's disease is a condition which causes damage to your ears. In fact, it can lead to tinnitus and ultimately, hearing loss. While salt is not the cause of this disease, a diet with too much sodium can make the symptoms of this condition worse. This is because salt has the power to retain water – fluids which you need within your ears to help them function properly. An ear without the right balance of fluids creates pressure within the inner ear, exasperating the symptoms of Meniere's disease.
Reduce the symptoms by lowering the salt in your diet.
Fortunately, if you have this disease, you can dramatically reduce the symptoms by lowering the salt in your diet – a move that's not just good for your ears, but your overall health!
Do you have a ringing in your ears that you think might be linked to your salt intake? Don't stress, just get your hearing condition checked out. Click here to make a booking for a hearing test, or call us on 1800 340 631 today.