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Hearing Problems

 

What to look for

If you turn up the volume on the radio or television louder than other people find comfortable.
A weakness to hear or recognize some of all sounds in one or both ears.
Sometimes hearing problems are followed by earache, bleeding or discharge form the ear, dizziness, and ringing noise in the ear.
In children hearing problems are less common, but if they go untreated, your child may develop social problems such as making friends.

Causes

 

Hearing loss may be a symptom of another underlying ailment. Certain conditions can lead to hearing loss - if there is too much wax in your ears, ear infections and a damaged eardrum, tender cysts, tumors and objects lodged in the ear canal can also block the transmission of sounds to the inner ear.

Doctors estimate the half of the cases of profound deafness in children have a genetic source.
Hearing problems can also run in the families.
By listening to loud noises for a long time can disturb your hearing
A pregnant woman who contracts the German measles virus is more likely to give birth to a child who has hearing problems. There are several infectious diseases (the ones that are most notably meningitis, shingles, syphilis) can cause hearing loss.

To determine if your hearing loss is caused by another ailment or disease it is very advisable to speak to your doctor and have them perform a medical examination.

Dietary Considerations

 

Some reports suggest that hearing can be aided by :
Vitamin A supplement may help, also by reducing salt,
Avoid dairy products if you have ear infection.

Prevention

 

If you are exposed to noise levels that may be harmful to your ears, you should protect your hearing by wearing earplugs.
Do not listen to loud music with earphones.
You should educate your children about the danger of loud recreational noise.
When your are at a concert and the music hurts your ears you should put on earplugs or leave the concert immediately.
To help lower the risk of infectious diseases that may lead to permanent hearing loss, you should make sure your that your children receive all of their immunizations.
If your ears tend to get severely blocked with wax frequently, have them cleared by your doctor

When to seek further professional advice

When you notice any hearing problems
If you experience a sudden and total hearing loss in one or both ears.
When or it your ear releases pus or fluid
If your hearing loss is accompanied by dizziness and nausea

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Alternative therapies basically address the underlying problems that may be causing temporary hearing loss first.

Herbal Therapies : there are several herbs that may help too heal ear infections that might lead to hearing
problems. Garlic (Allium sativum), which is a natural antibiotic, is believed to be very effective. Put
1 to 3 drops of garlic oil in your ear three times daily.
Herbalists also suggest ginger (Zingiber officinale), also another natural antibiotic, both are in essence and tea form. The anti-inflammatory properties of either Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) or goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) may help heal an ear infection.
Sometimes ginkgo is recommended for inner ear disturbances and partial deafness, it is shown that it improves circulation.

Homoeopathy : to help with acute or chronic hearing problems, homoeopaths will recommend a variety of medications. But you should consult an experienced practitioner for specific remedies and dosages.

Traditional Treatment

There may be an infection which requires a course of antibiotics or it may be as simple as clearing collected wax out. If it is more serious a hearing aid is necessary, this will improve your ability to hear.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-22