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Hearing Loss


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Depends on what part of the ear the loss is located in as to what type of hearing loss it is. There is conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss.


Notes
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  • If you experience any hearing loss and you do not regain your hearing a couple of weeks you should see your doctor.
  • OSHAWA has regulations for noise levels any noise over 85 decibels protective headphones must be worn.
  • Parents are the first to tell if there are hearing problems in the early stages of their child's development.
  • See a doctor for treatment on hearing loss because it depends on causes hearing loss.
  • Stereo headsets (turned all the up) and Music concerts are around 100 Decibels which will do damage to your hearing in around 30 minutes.
  • Wheat and dairy products can be the cause of middle ear infections.
  • You can improve your hearing by diet, and reducing the loud sounds/noises you are around. Ear protection should be worn in loud places (places that you have to raise your voice to be heard over your surroundings).


Advice
  • Certain medications can be harmful to fetuses. Pregnant women should know the risks involved in any medication before taking it.
  • Chewing gum during a plane's descent can help your ears adjust to the change in pressure. You can also try popping your ears by pinching your nose and carefully blowing air through your mouth while it is closed. Consider using a decongestant. If you choose this option, be sure to drink enough fluids (water and juice) since decongestants dry you out. Avoid alcohol and caffeine which also dry you out.
  • Ear pain can be caused by ear infection or by dental problems. If your ear hurts when you pull on the earlobe, it is most likely due to an infection. See a doctor for treatment.
  • If a pregnant woman or a woman who may become pregnant who is not immune to German measles becomes exposed to it, she is putting her baby at risk for hearing loss or other serious birth defects. If she has not had German measles, she should be vaccinated at least three months before conceiving.
  • Listen to your music at a comfortable level - not too loud. You should be able to hear other noise around you, but others should not be able to hear your music if you are listening to headphones.
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels. High cholesterol may contribute to hearing loss.
  • Pineapple can ease inflammation. Eat kelp, garlic, and sea vegetables regularly.
  • Research to develop further devices to aid those with hearing loss is ongoing.
  • Surgery is available to fix hearing loss that has been caused by infection.
  • Tell people that they do not have to shout, but instead speak slowly and distinctly when speaking to you. Consider a hearing aid if you have permanent hearing loss. A number of different hearing aids are available: Behind-the-ear (BTE) devices, In-the-ear devices (ITE), In-the-canal devices (INC), and Digital devices.
  • Those who get frequent ear infections should swim with earplugs in their ears.
  • Use hydrogen peroxide or a mixture of half water/half vinegar to clean out earwax buildup. Put the drops into your ear and let sit for a minute. Allow the ear to drain. Try this method several times a day. Cotton swabs often complicate the problem by packing wax into the ear. Garlic oil will help soften wax that has hardened over time. Ear should be flushed with warm water. Ear candling is an alternate option. You will need specific candles from a health food store and a friend to help you. Be cautious when using this method.
  • Use sugars and alcohol in moderation. Allow caffeine, sodium, and chocolate on rare occasions.
  • Use warm, not hot, garlic liquid extract in infected ear's). Use 2 to 4 drops in each ear. Each ear should have a different dropper to avoid spreading infection. Works great for children.
  • Watch infants closely for signs of hearing loss or other ear problems. Doctors should pay attention when you share your concern; early detection is essential in possible prevention of permanent damage.
  • Wear earplugs or headphones to protect your ears when you are using power tools, mowing the lawn, or shooting a gun.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Coenzyme Q10
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Potent antioxidant. Vital immune system enhancer. Improves circulation to the ears.
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Manganese
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Lack of manganese may contribute to ear problems.
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Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides needed vitamins and minerals in balance.
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Potassium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healthy nervous system and nerve impulse transmission.
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Vitamin A
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances immune system. Helps fight infection. Makes mucous membranes stronger.
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Beta carotene
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances immune system. Helps fight infection. Makes mucous membranes stronger.
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Vitamin B complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing. Alleviates pressure in the ear. Injections under a physician's care are recommended. If injections are unavailable, sublingual form is good.
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Vitamin C
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances immune system. Protects against ear infections.
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N-acetylcysteine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Eliminates excessive amounts of fluid from ear canal.


Vitamin D
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Boosts immune system.
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Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Potent antioxidant. Enhances circulation.
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Zinc
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Boosts immune system. Helps fight infection.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Echinacea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Can help to make poor equilibrium more balanced which will also lessen the dizziness that can be experienced. In addition, echinacea can be useful for fighting infection and ease congestion. The best forms of echinacea to take are either capsule or in tea form.
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Ephedra, Eucalyptus, Hyssop, Mullein, & Thyme
Type: Internal
Purposes: A good strategy to relief congestion is to choose one of these herbs. A side effect of losing the congestion would be to also decrease ringing in the ears.

Ginkgo biloba
Type: Internal
Purposes: Can alleviate dizziness and help a person to hear better as a result of hampered blood flow. In addition, other herbs that may better circulation and blood flow to the ear can be butcher's broom, cayenne, chamomile, ginger root, turmeric, and yarrow.
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Mullein
Type: Internal
Purposes: To ease earaches, a few drops of mullein oil can be placed in the ear to lessen the pain and avert infection. As an alternative, garlic oil or liquid extract (kyolic) can also be chosen.
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Bayberry Bark, Burdock Root, Goldenseal, Hawthorn Leaf and Flower, and Myrrh
Type: Internal
Purposes: Responsible for cleansing the blood and clearing up infection.
Cautions: Use goldenseal for only one week at a time. More than that could upset the normal flora in the intestines. Do not use goldenseal if you are pregnant. Be careful with goldenseal if you have been diagnosed as being allergic to ragweed.
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