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Protecting ears from hearing loss
Do you hear what I hear? Many people can't because excessive noise, lack of nutrients, drugs and disease have damaged their ear's sensitive hearing cells, stopping normal hearing. If your ears seem to be tuning the world out lately, listen up. Your ears allow you to hear only when they are working properly.
Normal hearing begins with the outer ear, which funnels the sound vibrations from the air to the eardrum, a thin, flexible layer of tissue. Next the eardrum, located in the middle ear, dispatches the vibrating sound waves to the middle and inner ears. The middle ear contains three small bones, each bone named after its shape: the hammer (malleus), the anvil (incus) and the stirrup (stapes). From the eardrum the sound vibrations move from one bone to the next like a row of dominoes striking each other as they fall down. These bones help magnify and transfer the sound vibrations to another membrane called the oval window.
As the oval window moves in and out to balance air pressure, the sound vibrations are transferred through three loops residing in the inner ear. These loops or semicircular canals are filled with fluid that regulate your balance and body movement. These canals consist of delicate nerves that measure the movement of ear fluid as your body changes position. Within the inner ear is a bony tube shaped like a snail named the cochlea (the Greek word for snail). The cochlea contains two membranes that divide the cochlea into three compartments filled with fluid.
Vibrations of fluids within the compartments of the inner ear push against the basilar membrane, which is attached to the organ of Corti. Here 20,000 hair cells convert sound vibrations into electrical signals as they bend to the basilar membrane's vibrations. As the hair cells bend, they produce a neural impulse that is relayed to the brain through 31,000 neurons that make up the auditory nerve. Over stimulation of the ears due to loud noises can damage the hair cells, which don't regenerate.
Loud noises and other hearing problems impair the ears' ability to hear clearly. This article tells about vertigo\ tinnitus or ringing in the ears, earaches from inner ear infections and how poor circulation adds to hearing problems. So "ears" to you how to get your ears healthy and keep them that way.
A Feast for Your Ears
One of the nutritional causes of hearing loss is too much sodium.
Many people are unaware that progressive hearing loss can be stopped. Some ear problems can be reduced or resolved with time and proper nutrition, as health practitioners are discovering.
Dr. Paul Yanick Jr., a clinical audiologist and holistic health scientist has connected hearing with nutrition. "The most important way of improving the internal environment of the specialized ear cells of the afflicted or threatened individuals is to give them an opportunity to receive life's full nutrient chain, not a partial or mutilated version of this chain," Dr. Yanick said. "The cells of the ear get from the blood only those nutrient elements that are furnished by our intake of food and/or "nutritional supplements.”
After suffering for several years with degenerative hearing loss, Dr. Yanick discovered he had hypoglycemia. As a result he corrected his diet. He ended his advancing hearing problem and improved the level of hearing he had left while tackling his hypoglycemic problem.
Hypoglycemia is sometimes a "hidden" cause of progressive inner ear deafness, for the ear requires high amounts of energy from glucose to send sound vibrations. When glucose and glycogen levels vary, ear noises, vertigo and other problems with equilibrium occur. A diet high in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids should replace a diet high in junk food, refined flour and sugar. This nutritional strategy reduces hypoglycemic problems and increases hearing ability.
Sometimes only a deficiency of a specific vitamin or other nutrient will lead to hearing loss. Lack of Vitamin D has been connected to cochlear deafness. British doctors have successfully reduced the hearing loss of patients with this type of deafness using Vitamin D replacement therapy. Lack of B vitamins is connected with reduced hearing ability.
Vitamin A has become a noise protector for the ears. Several studies link vitamin A deficiency to an increased sensitivity to excessive sound, which multiplies the risk of hearing damage from noise. Vitamin A deficiency does not bring about hearing loss. The hearing is simply more sensitive to sound, increasing the possibility of hearing loss due to noise damage. Diets with adequate amounts of Vitamin A (5,000 IU) reduce your hearing loss due to noise.
At times more than vitamin replacement therapy is needed to improve hearing. Other health problems can lead to ear problems and these health problems may need to be resolved first. Poor circulation and hardening of the arteries play havoc with parts of the ear. The eardrum can become hardened just like your arteries.
People suffering from poor hearing frequently find the condition of their arteries in much the same shape as their ears. Hardening of the arteries due to high cholesterol and other fats tend to clog the tiny capillaries that should deliver nutrients to the ears.
Poor circulation can lead to hearing difficulties since the blood must circulate to all living tissues, along with the ears the blood stream can feed the body essential nutrients and cleanse it from waste products. Mega-Chel, Capsicum & Garlic w/Parsley and Lecithin help keep the blood from thickening and forming blood clots as well as improve circulation. Exercise has helped many people maintain good circulation to all parts of the body including the ears, to help burn excess fats.
Treating Ear Problems
... you may be suffering from hearing loss. If any of the situations above happen to you regularly or in combination, you may already be on the downward spiral that leads to increasing hearing problems. To head off deafness, "hear" are some first aid tips for your worst "ear fears", including hearing loss.
Success in treating hearing problems often depends on what condition caused the hearing loss. Certain drugs can cause impaired hearing or deafness, including aureomycin, aspirin, streptomycin, barbiturates, opium, cocaine, etc. Avoid the use of such drugs to help prevent or stop hearing loss.
Diseases such as hardening of the arteries contributes to loss of hearing. As arteries age and harden, so can the eardrum. Other diseases, such as tinnitus or ringing in the ears, can sound a death toll to clear hearing.
Breaking Through the Silence
Treating the health problem that underlies hearing loss is commonly the first step in restoring or preventing deafness. Treat hearing loss due to hardening of the arteries with Ginkgo to improve circulation.
High amounts of Vitamin C w/Citrus Bioflavonoids helps clear the blood. Garlic is useful in reducing cholesterol levels, which are important to keep under control when treating hardening of the arteries. Anti-oxidants help clean up and repair damaged tissue includes Grapine, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and E w/selenium and the minerals Zinc and Selenium w/E. Other circulatory aids that will help treat hardening of the arteries and improve hearing Include Capsicum and B-complex.
Another cause of hearing loss, buildup of toxins in the ear from colds, allergies and sinus problems can eventually poison the ear's sensitive tissues. Catarrhal deafness can result from colds, flu and other acute diseases when these diseases are not permitted to cleanse the body of toxins.
Symptoms of acute diseases are often suppressed with drugs, which robs the body of the opportunity to cleanse itself. Over time hearing is affected. Replace drug therapy with herbal therapy diets that cleanse, juice fasts, colon cleanse and supplements such as Garlic and herbal combinations Four, ALJ plus Fenugreek and Thyme to help restore hearing.
Toxic bacteria can result in painful earaches. Frequently earaches stem from ear infections, which can be serious because the ear is so close to the brain. Middle ear infections are common among children, especially those with food allergies. An excellent product for earaches is CBG extract. Just put this herbal combination in the ears like Garlic oil and add more once a day if necessary.
Swollen ear tissues and blocked tubes may be relieved simply by putting a few drops of Lobelia Liquid in the ear and swabbing the area under the jaw and behind the ear. Lobelia is able to relax swollen tissues. Then add Garlic oil on top of the lobelia in the ear followed by a cotton plug.
Where the infection is deep inside the ear use large amounts of Silver Shield internally and drop some in the ears.
Bad Vibes-- Ringing in the Ears
One sign of a hearing problem is ringing in the ears that could mean Meniere's Syndrome. This disease occurs when the inner ear's blood vessels have irregular spasms, involving symptoms that subside and reappear increasing in intensity with each occurrence.
Symptoms consist of advancing deafness, ringing in the ears, dizziness and a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ears, nausea and headaches. These symptoms respond to large doses of Vitamin C w/ Bioflavonoids, B complex with extra Vitamin B6 and Pantothenic acid and bed rest.
Another ear condition that involves ringing in the ears is tinnitus. One of the most common remedies for this ailment is a large amount of Niacin, B6, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin E, Lecithin or choline, a component of lecithin with a high fiber diet.
An herbal remedy for tinnitus is Ginkgo. European doctors have used the concentrated extract of ginkgo to treat tinnitus and vertigo as well as circulatory disorders. Other herbs for tinnitus include Bayberry, Yellow dock and Peppermint.
Another painful hearing condition, swimmer's ear, results from bacterial infection or inflammation of the skin near the outer ear canal. The ear canal may lose its natural mantle of acidity because of continual water exposure. One or two drops of vinegar or lemon juice will help return the ear canal to normal. Lobelia Extract in the ear can bring relief within hours. If fungus is responsible, Tea tree oil and Pau d'arco Extract are effective fungus fighters. To protect the ear from further problems with swimmers ear, swab some cotton balls with petroleum jelly and insert before swimming.
Dear No Evil-Loud Noises
Hear ye, hear ye, while you still can. Constant noise can permanently damage your hearing and lead to other health problems. Not only loud sudden noises like gunfire, firecrackers or jet engines, but long term noise at lower levels can diminish hearing. Loud music is deafening, too.
A Canadian government brochure offers this list:
Studies show that excessive noise correlates with increased stillbirths and infant mortality. Even adults are affected by sonic interruptions during sleep, even though they may not appear to awaken fully. The effects of dream deprivation have been noted. So here's another cause of daytime fatigue, nighttime noise.
Exposure to loud noise, such as the noise of a rock concert, may permanently damage your ears. You need not be exposed to loud music for long to suffer hearing loss. People attending a rock concert seated in front of speakers and amplifiers face the immediate danger of losing their hearing. When it comes to warnings about hearing loss at rock concerts, many teenagers who turn a deaf ear may end up with deaf ears.
Besides loud music, other loud sounds may lead to similar results. Any exposure to the blast of a gunshot is dangerous. Exposure to the sound of a chain saw or pneumatic drill at 100 decibels for less than two hours can be hazardous to ears. Even the noise of busy city traffic or a noisy restaurant can prove risky if you're constantly exposed for regular eight hour periods. If you're a waitress or a truck driver in heavy traffic beware. What hearing you enjoy today may be gone tomorrow.
Don't stick it to your ears. Safeguard them instead. Use ear plugs or protective head phones. Take breaks from noisy areas if you're going to be subjected to noise for extended periods of time. Even if you're exposed to loud noise unexpectedly, your fingers make great emergency ear plugs.