Tuesday, November 23, 2010


From various sources as noted:

Natural and holistic tinnitus remedies can be effective in assisting with the relief of symptoms, as well as addressing the individual’s overall health and well-being.
Herbal and homeopathic remedies are gentle, yet effective - without the harmful side effects of conventional medicine. Tinnitus herbal remedies can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the earto perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.
  • Ginkgo biloba is an extremely effective herb used in traditional Chinese medicine and derived from one of the oldest trees on earth. Its beneficial properties have only been discovered by the West during the last 20 years, where clinical studies have indicated its effectiveness in supporting the functioning of the circulatory system and improving common conditions associated with the normal aging process. Ginkgo is an excellent tonic for the brain and many people swear by this natural ingredient.
  • Rosmarinus officinale is often used to support health and strength in blood vessels and is also an excellent circulation tonic. Rosemary acts as an invigorating herb, promoting balanced mood and imparting energy and a zest for life, 
  • Avena sativa is made from the wild oat plant and is a well known restorative and nerve tonic. Avena sativa is effective in maintaining healthy cholesterol within normal levels, thus also benefiting circulation. This herb is also used as a nervous system tonic, promoting healthy libido and energy levels.
  • Verbena officinalis is well-known for its ability to relieve common tension and stress and to promote balance and harmony in the nervous system, supporting feelings of well-being.
  • Salicylic ac. (homeopathic strength) is indicated for those who need to support balance, clear and undisturbed hearing as well as the health of the circulatory system. This homeopathic remedy will provide many of the benefits of modern aspirin, without the dangerous side effects.

Natural home remedies for the treatment of hearing loss

  • Echinacea aids poor equilibrium and reduces dizziness. It also fights infection and helps reduce congestion. It can be taken in tea or capsule form.
  • To soothe inflammation and fight infection, mullein oil can be used as ear drops. If mullein is not available, garlic oil or liquid extract (Kyolic) may be substituted.
  • Eat fresh pineapple frequently to reduce inflammation. Also include plenty of garlic, kelp, and sea vegetables in your diet.
  • For an ear infection, put 2 to 4 drops of warm (not hot) liquid garlic extract in the affected ear. (If both ears are infected, do not use the same dropper for both ears, as it may spread infection.) This treatment is very helpful for children.
  • Pound fenugreek seeds and put them in hot oil. Filter and cool it to a bearable temperature. This oil should be used as eardrops.
  • Wash the ear with water in which neem leaves or neem bark has been boiled. This is very effective for a earache.
  • For earwax buildup, clean or irrigate your ears using either a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part warm water, or a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Using an eyedropper, place a few drops in your ear, allow them to settle for a minute, then drain. Repeat the process with the other ear. Do this two or three times a day. Do not use cotton swabs to clean inside the ear canal, as this can push wax further into the ear canal and exacerbate the problem. If the wax is hard and dry, apply garlic oil for a day or two to soften it. Then wash out the ear with a steady stream of warm water. Be patient, continue to irrigate the ear canal, and flush with warm water. Most cases of ear wax buildup can be treated by this method. Another method of removing excess ear wax, called ear candling, uses special candles available at health food stores. Instructions for the procedure are included with the candles. The candling procedure requires assistance, so do not attempt this by yourself.

Prevention for hearing loss

  • Always wear ear protection (disposable plugs or ear phone-style headset) when using loud appliances such as power tools or lawn mowers; and when you know you will be exposed to sudden loud noises, such as when shooting a gun.
  • Protect your hearing when listening to music. A general guideline is to keep the volume low enough that you can easily hear the telephone and other sounds over the music. If you are using a personal stereo unit with headphones, you should be the only one able to hear your music. If someone standing next to you can hear it, it's too loud.
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol and sugars, which encourage the growth of yeast. This is particularly important if you have recurrent ear infections and have been treated with antibiotics. Also eliminate or keep to a minimum your intake of caffeine, chocolate, and sodium.

Increased intakes of omega-3 fats may reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss, says a new study.High omega-3 intake was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) in people over the age of fifty.Hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder in the U.S.

NutraIngredients reports:
"Other micronutrients have been linked to reducing the risk of age-related hearing loss. In 2007 scientists from Wageningen University reported that folic acid supplements delayed age-related hearing loss in the low frequency region ...
Another study ... indicated a role for beta carotene and vitamins C and E, and the mineral magnesium in preventing prevent both temporary and permanent hearing loss in guinea pigs and mice."
According to statistics from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 17 percent, or 36 million American adults suffer from some degree of hearing loss.
Over the age of 45, the prevalence rises to 18 percent. Thirty percent of seniors aged 65-74 years old, and 47 percent of Americans over the age of 75 report having a hearing impairment.
In this study, participants who regularly ate a minimum of two servings of fish per week had a 42 percent reduction in risk of age-related hearing loss, compared to those who ate less than one serving a week.
Although these results are preliminary, and more research is necessary to firmly establish the potential connection between omega-3 fats and hearing, it's a plausible connection since omega-3 fats are so intricately tied to overall health and aging.

What Actually Causes Age-Related Hearing Loss?

Interestingly enough, although some cases of age-related hearing loss stem from mechanical dysfunction or ear-related issues, much of the problem is actually caused by faulty signaling in your brain, affecting how your brain processes information, which results in reduced hearing.
Your brain does an amazing job of sorting, filtering and making sense of all the information that flows through your senses, from colors and shapes seen, to textures and objects felt, to the range of sounds you hear.
It is this sorting and interpreting ability of your brain--not hearing itself--that diminishes with age. Furthermore, it's your brain's ability to provide proper feedback to your ear, by filtering out unwanted information that declines when you reach your 40s and 50s.
Without this "filtering system," you're more likely to be overcome by a mass of sound information that is difficult to sort out.
The good news, however, is that age-related hearing loss doesn't have to happen just because you get older, and may even be retrievable if it does occur.

A Novel Treatment for Hearing Loss

According to Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD, medical director of the Tahoma Clinic in Washington, certain cases of age-related hearing loss may be reversed by increasing a specific bioidentical hormone called aldosterone.
Aldosterone is a type of hormone that is essential to life because it regulates the amounts of electrolytes in your body. Secreted naturally by your adrenal cortex, it simultaneously regulates your sodium and potassium levels, helping to maintain both your blood pressure and bodily fluids.
If aldosterone levels in your body are out of sync, a variety of symptoms can result. Low levels of aldosterone have been indicated in diseases such as diabetes, for example. Your body is amazingly interconnected and being deficient in any nutrient, anti-oxidant, vitamin, mineral or hormone can lead to a whole host of physical dysfunctions, and this may be yet another perfect example of this.
In this case, it appears that low aldosterone levels may negatively affect your hearing.
Dr. Wright is currently seeking research volunteers to further study the use of aldosterone to restore hearing at the Tahoma Clinic.
In one of his reported case studies, an 87-year-old man who was diagnosed with hearing loss in 1994 was found to have low aldosterone levels. After six weeks of taking aldosterone, the man visited his audiologist and found that his hearing had increased 30-50 decibels in one ear, and 20-30 in the other. His ability to discriminate words from a noisy background had also increased significantly.
An animal study has also suggested that the hormone aldosterone was able to restore hearing.
Other hormones have also been shown to have an impact on hearing. In the case of progestin, the synthetic form of progesterone commonly used in conventional hormone replacement therapy has been linked to increased hearing loss in women taking it.
This is exactly why I consistently try to impart the importance of whole nutrition and whole health; eating a diet based on your individual nutritional type, getting proper sleep to allow your body to perform vital restorative functions, and getting sufficient exercise.
A comprehensive healthy lifestyle approach is always going to be your best bet for preventing age-related ailments.

How You Can Protect Yourself Against Hearing Loss

While aging is a natural part of life, it's important to realize there are many things you can do to keep your body young and healthy. It's not a quick fix and there is some effort involved, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
I find Dr. Wright's experience to be an amazing testimony to the power of your body and brain to overcome what is traditionally believed to be irreversible processes, and it reinforces other scientific findings that hearing loss may be either prevented, or greatly restored, through all natural means.
Using energy psychology tools like EFT, for example, can be useful if you are struggling with hearing loss.
Other studies have showed that a combination of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as magnesium, can protect your hearing. NutraIngredients also cites research supporting the use of folic acid to ward off age-related hearing loss.
As for medicines, certain drugs have been linked to hearing loss and deafness. Specific drugs that are ototoxic and can damage your hearing include:
  • Aminoglycoside antibiotics (such as streptomycin, neomycin, kanamycin)
  • Salicylates in large quantities (aspirin)
  • Loop diuretics (lasix, ethacrynic acid)
  • Certain chemotherapy drugs (cisplatin, carboplatin, nitrogen mustard)
Naturally, some hearing loss can be due actual damage to your eardrum, so protecting yourself from loud noises is prevention 101.
Sound is created when noise beats against the eardrum and the vibrations stimulate nerves deep inside your ear. There, fine hair cells called cilia convert the vibrations into nerve impulses, which are transmitted to your brain.
Continued exposure to noise of 85 decibels or more will eventually destroy these fragile hair cells in your inner ear that convert sound vibrations into nerve impulses -- the basis of hearing. The volume of portable compact disc players ranges between 91 and 121 decibels, and earphones increase the volume. The louder the noise, the quicker the hearing loss.
For instance, 100-decibel stereo headphones can cause harm in two hours, and a 120-decibel rock concert damages the ears in only 7.5 minutes. So, using an inexpensive set of ear plugs during loud noise activities is your first step to prevent damage that is not related to the physical process of aging.

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I awoke one morning in my forties to have totally lost the hearing in my left ear. After going the mainstream route and finding out it wasn't a brain tumor or something else they told me it was normal to have a sudden hearing loss and they have nothing to help except a hearing aid. I went to my D.O. who recommended the Tomatis group, I found a similar group here in the U.S. They made a tape for me, after a complete hearing exam that I listened to twice a day. In two months All the lower and mid ranges came back.I thought great! lets go for the high ranges,I did a new tape, listened and lost all frequencies again. Went back to the original tape and got back 75%, minus the high end and it has stayed good for 8 years now.

I have hearing loss in both ears.  It improves greatly when I first hum and while humming, open my mouth directing the loud sound produced up to one ear and then the other.  This vibration must stimulate the nerves.  One must do it repeatedly and as often as possible to maintain the hearing improvement.  I read about this method years ago in a natural healing book.
I am 57 years old and suffer a lot from tinnitus.  When I flew long distance I ended up with ruptured middle ear (and thought I was jetlagged for 2 weeks afterward), and feel fairly sure this has something to do with my hearing loss, along with a mercury overload, which causes it too.  About 6 years ago I discovered that the problem I had with flying was because I have green eyes and a naturopath told me that people with green eyes usually have an intolerance to dairy (they don't produce enough enzymes to break down the dairy protein) and clogs up the sinuses which are connected to the tubes to the ears.  I now take enzymes when I eat dairy and have flown since and never any problem any more, thankfully. Because of the mercury my doctor, who specialises in natural medicine, gave me a few injections of vitamin B12 and on the 3rd one my hearing started to become more clear. I am so grateful that I have been helped in these 2 areas.  My hearing is far from perfect still, but it is a lot better than it was :
Ossie - G'day! Here's some advice from one 57 year old in North America to another "Down Under". Try massaging the nape of your neck very firmly with one thumb. Find the most sensitive spot. Usually one side or another will be more tender to the touch, and concentrate on that side. Essentially you are giving yourself a chiropractic adjustment. If your body works anything like mine, in a minute or two after you stop you will notice a reduction and eventually elimination of the tinnitus. This resembles how DD Palmer discovered chiropractic over 100 years ago; a deaf janitor restores hearing after massaging a bony lump in the neck back into place.

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