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Deafness

General characteristics

General characteristics

Deafness refers to a loss of hearing capacity that can range from an inability to hear sounds of a certain pitch, a partial hearing loss, being 'hard of hearing' or a complete loss of hearing. There are 2 main types of hearing loss or deafness, conductive deafness whereby sounds are not effectively passed on through the hearing apparatus and nerve deafness whereby the normal processes involved in the delivery of the sound impulse to the brain are impaired or damaged. Deafness or hearing loss can also result from a burst eardrum, changes associated with ageing or from prolonged exposure to loud noises or cordless phone use.
Conductive deafness has a variety of causes including heavy wax or catarrh build up, perforated or thickened eardrum, tumour, fluid build up caused by infection or allergy, glue ear, calcium build up on the structures of the middle or inner ear, foreign objects in the ear and trauma or injury to the head. The outer, middle and inner ear are the parts involved in this type of hearing loss.
The causes of nerve deafness (sensorineural) include tumours, damage to the cochlea (a structure vital for hearing located in the inner ear), damage to the auditory nerve, use of certain antibiotics (e.g. streptomycin), exposure while in the womb to teratogenic (defect causing) medicines or substances, diseases like Menieres, meningitis, diabetes and blood sugar imbalance, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. The inner ear, cranial nerves or brain are the parts implicated in this type of hearing loss.

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Eat a well balanced diet including plenty or fresh organic wholefoods such as fruit, vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts and the like.

Include plenty of garlic and onions each day in your meals.

Avoid processed and junk foods, white sugar and processed, refined carbohydrates. Have a look at this very interesting blog from a lady who has improved her hearing (amongst other things) by changing her diet ...... http://dawnshearingnow.blogspot.com/ ....... She mentions how eating wholefoods and cutting out sugar lead to a steady improvement in her hearing function and how she discovered that drastic blood sugar swings from poor diet choices can set up a 'pre-diabetic'  type condition which diminishes the sense of hearing.

Free radicals which form naturally as a by product of living are now known to damage hearing. The only protection is to eat plenty of foods that are rich in anti-oxidants which deactivate the free radicals. Foods rich in anti oxidants are fresh vegetables, fruit and plant based foods. Foods that increase free radical production are junky and processed, man made foods, smoking and alcohol.

Avoid adding salt to your foods and cooking. Salt has implications in diminished hearing. If you don't use salt for a week or so, you will begin to taste the natural saltiness in foods such as celery. If you cannot live without it try seasalt in tiny amounts.

Vitamins A, E, D and iron, manganese, potassium, zinc and Co enzyme Q have all been suggested as being deficient in people with hearing loss so eat plenty of foods that are rich in these nutrients. See also 'vitamins' and 'minerals' in the 'natural healing' section of the site for ideas on foods high in these nutrients.


Useful herbs

Useful herbs

The following formula is from the famous herbalist Dr Christopher and is reputed to help deafness or hearing loss, particularly if nerve damage is the cause and has also seen success with Menieres disease. Mix equal parts of tinctures of blue cohosh, black cohosh, blue vervain (plain vervain will do), skullcap and lobelia. Drop 5 drops of garlic oil in the ear then add 5 drops of the tincture mix and plug with cotton wool. Leave in overnight and do this 6 days a week for up to 6 months. On the 7th day (sunday perhaps) clean the ears with a 50/50 mix of cider vinegar and boiled or distilled water and do not use the oils or herbs for this day.
The herb ground ivy, a common british native has a good reputation for resolving catarrhal and mucous congestion issues such as glue ear. Collect the fresh herb if possible and crush or squeeze to extract some juice. Add the juice to the ears and plug with cotton wool, use daily.
An oil made from mullein flowers can also be of relief when the cause is catarrhal or mucous based. Drop the oil into the ears and leave overnight.
Dropping the juice of fresh houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum) into the ears is an old fashioned remedy with a good reputation.
For catarrhal deafness make a tea from equal parts of elderflower, nettle, plantain leaf and ground ivy. Use a heaped tablespoon of the mix and drink 3 cups daily. This formula will act as an anti-catarrhal, decongestant and provide ample nutrients important for effective hearing.
Ginkgo, yarrow, hawthorn berries and flowers and rosemary teas or tinctures will increase circulation to the hearing apparatus and could improve hearing.
Pasque flower is said to improve the function of the auditory nerve. Mix the tincture with an equal amount of vegetable glycerine and put 3 drops in the ears daily.

Natural healing

Natural healing

Ear candling, if carried out by an experienced practitioner, can be very effective at reducing catarrh and removing or loosening excess earwax or other obstructions. I would not advise you do the process yourself until you have experience of ear candling.
Vitamin D is important for good hearing so get in the sun for 20 minutes a day if you can, WITHOUT SUNSCREEN!
Any regular exercise that gets your heart pumping will increase circulation and benefit hearing. Brisk walking is perhaps the easiest and cheapest way to keep fit and healthy.

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