Hearing loss is always a disturbing problem, but it's one that too often
goes untreated. Many people who experience diminished hearing simply accept
it as an unfortunate but normal part of life. While it's true for some
people, age-related hearing loss is unavoidable, the progression of many
cases can be halted, significantly slowed, or even reversed with proper
diagnosis and treatment. And with good nutrition and ear care, it's often
quite possible to prevent hearing loss in the first place.
Hearing is a complex combination of many processes in the ear, the nerves,
and the brain, and any disruption of these functions can lead to partial or
complete deafness. Nevertheless, hearing problems can generally be
categorized according to one of two types: conductive and sensorineural.
Conductive hearing loss, which is caused by mechanical problems in the
ear's structures, is by far the more common of the two. Although its
tendency to come on suddenly can be frightening, it can often be resolved.
The most frequent cause of conductive hearing impairment is a buildup of
wax in the ear canal. Normally, wax (or cerumen, to use its medical name)
lines the ear canal and serves as a lubricant. When too much wax
accumulates, it can block the canal and can lead to hearing loss, as well
as to pain and ringing in the ears. A middle-ear infection can also cause a
blockage, especially if the infected fluid remains in the ear for a long
time and coagulates around the small bones (ossicles) that are responsible
for transmitting sound waves. Ear infections and excessive ear wax are both
radically treatable, often with home care, and several highly effective
nutritional strategies can prevent the problem from recurring.
In some instances, conductive hearing damage is more serious. If you suffer
hearing loss after a fall or a blow to the ear or the head, of if you
experience a sudden, intense pain in your ear, see your doctor at once. You
may have a ruptured ear drum or damage to the hearing sensor, called the
organ of Corti. Even innocuous-looking cotton swabs can cause grave damage,
including ruptures, when inserted deep into the ear canal. Some drugs can
also affect the organ of Corti, so talk to your doctor if you experience
hearing loss after starting a new prescription drug. Finally, some
conductive hearing damage may simply be a part of aging. As the body gets
older, the eardrum can thicken and other ear structures may grow weak,
leading to partial loss of hearing. More than 40 percent of people
seventy-five and older experience some degree of hearing problems.
Sensorineural hearing damage affects the nerves that receive sound waves
and transmit their impulses through the ear and to the brain, where the
impulses are registered as the sensory perception of sound. Almost all
sensorineural hearing damage is due to high levels of noise. Loud concerts
and stereos turned up to full volume may be the most obvious source of
excessive noise, but sirens, airplanes, trains, jackhammers, and
construction sounds are common culprits as well. Every time you're exposed
to a loud noise, your auditory nerves are damaged; a lifetime of noises can
add up to permanent hearing loss. In some cases, sensorineural hearing
problems are caused by other disorders, including diabetes,
arteriosclerosis, lupus, and hypothyroidism. And again, sometimes nerves
simply weaken with age and lose their ability to conduct sound effectively.
However, recent research has shown that loud noises form free radicals that
damage the inner ear. Antioxidants such as vitamin E, zinc, NAC, magnesium,
and vitamin A appear to protect against this cause of damage, although they
have not been shown to reverse hearing loss. In some cases, tumor growths
on the nerves involved with hearing are responsible for the hearing loss.
One must also consider other structural possibilities, such as vertebral
and soft tissue misalignment in the neck and the jaw (TMJ), as well as in
No matter what you suspect the source of your hearing problems to be, it's
important that you consult a doctor about any sudden hearing loss or any
gradual hearing damage that does not resolve itself within a few weeks. For
one, the problem may be treatable. Even if you're older and believe that
the hearing problem is due to age-related deterioration of ear structures
or nerves, you may be surprised to find that the cause is actually wax
buildup (something to which people over sixty-five are prone) or a side
effect of medication. If the cause is not obvious to your doctor, he or she
should run tests to rule out an underlying disorder. Finally, even hearing
problems that are not reversible by natural means can often be
significantly improved with hearing aids, electronic implants, or even
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Take 60 to 120 mg twice a day of a 24 percent flavone
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Take at least 1,000 mcg of sublingual B12 daily. This B
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This overall nutritional base can help the hearing
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Take 400 to 800 IU daily. It acts as an antioxidant and
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Take 300 mg twice daily. Cayenne improves circulation.
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Take 500 mg three times daily between meals. Look for
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have this benefit.
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Hearing loss may occur gradually, or it may happen suddenly
Partial or total inability to hear
Accumulation of ear wax
Poor diet and nutritional deficiencies
Trauma to the ear
Age-related weakening of the ear structures and the nerves
Structural abnormalities (especially cervical spine, TMJ, and cranial
Other disorders that cause hearing loss
Although no one has proven (yet) that antioxidants can reduce or prevent
hearing loss, we do know that they slow many aspects of the aging process.
Increasing your antioxidant intake by consuming more deeply colored fruits
and vegetables certainly can't hurt you, and it may prevent or slow hearing
damage (along with many other disorders we tend to associate with old age).
Eat plenty of fiber at every meal. Good sources include whole grains,
especially oats and brown rice; beans; nuts and seeds; and raw or lightly
cooked fruits and vegetables. Fiber will improve circulation to your entire
body, including your ears. Fibrous foods also tend to require chewing, an
activity that discourages wax from accumulating in your ear canals.
Since hypothyroidism can lead to hearing loss, include sea vegetables such
as kelp, in your diet. These foods are high in iodine, a mineral that's
necessary for good thyroid health. You can easily incorporate sea
vegetables into soups, especially miso broth, or add them to a stir-fry
with brown rice and tofu.
Foods to Avoid
If you experience frequent ear infections or a buildup of earwax, you may
have a food allergy. If a certain food provokes ear problems or excess
mucus (which can lead to infection), avoid it.
Even if you are not allergic to milk or dairy products, stay away from them
for the duration of an infection or a wax problem. Dairy encourages mucus
to accumulate, which can encourage infection or excess wax.
If you have a chronic hearing problem, eliminate saturated fat, especially
red meat and fried foods, from your diet. Saturate fat contributes to
earwax and slows circulation to the ear structures. Removing saturated fat
from your meals and snacks will also help reverse arteriosclerosis, a
disorder that may cause hearing loss.
Bacteria feed on sugar, so people who are prone to ear infections should
radically reduce their consumption of it. The best course of action is to
cut out all refined sugars and have fruit or naturally sweetened products
If you have recurring ear infections or wax problems, a short juice fast
will help clear your body of excess mucus. Fasting is also helpful for
people whose hearing loss is connected to food allergens, as a three-day
respite from solid food will rid your system of the toxic substance.
Protect your ears from loud noise. If you are outdoors and hear a loud
sound such as a siren or a train whistle, cover your ears; if you're in
a car, roll up the windows.
Play music at a low to moderate level, and wear earplugs if you must
attend a loud concert.
For those of you who cannot avoid exposure to noises because of your
job, invest in earphones that cover your ears, and rest in a quiet
place as often as you can.
Excessive ear wax can often be treated successfully at home. Buy an
over-the-counter preparation containing carbamide peroxide and gently
squeeze a few drops in your ear canal. This solution will help soften
the wax so that it comes out easily. (You can also use hydrogen
peroxide, if you prefer.) Allow the liquid to remain in your ear for a
few minutes; for very hard wax, you may want to wait a day or two. Then
use a bulb syringe filled with warm water to gently flush out the ear.
If the plug of wax does not come out immediately, keep trying. It may
take some time, but most people find that the wax does come out
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