Hearing disorders affect nearly 30 million people in the United States. In addition to causing problems with hearing, some hearing disorders can also cause other problems, especially difficulty maintaining balance and proper equilibrium. Hearing disorders affect people from all age groups. According to research, the loss of hearing commonly associated with old age is now occurring among a considerable portion of the overall U.S. population. Sixty percent of men and women in their late teens and early 20s, for example, have been found with a diminished capacity to hear sounds in the upper frequency range, a statistic that was unheard of just a few generations ago. Practitioners of holistic and alternative medicine attribute the increase in hearing disorders in the U.S. and other industrialized countries to various aspects of our modern lifestyle, such as the excessive use of pharmaceutical drugs, food allergies, environmental toxins, and modern technologies such as earphones, iPods, etc.
Types of Hearing Disorders
Symptoms of hearing disorders vary according to the nature of the disorder, but can include earache, ear pain, inflammation of or stuffiness inside the ear, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Other symptoms include balance problems such as dizziness and vertigo, hearing loss, and nerve damage within the ears. What follow are overviews of the most common types of hearing disorders as well as their specific symptoms.
Ear pain, also known as earache, is characterized by pain in the middle ear, usually due to fluid or wax buildup and their resulting pressure that impinges upon the Eustachian tube. Narrowing of the Eustachian tube can eventually hinder the proper flow of ear fluid, setting the stage for bacterial infection. When infection occurs it can lead to a temporary condition of diminished hearing, as well as additional ear pain and fever.
There are two types of hearing loss—conductive and sensory. Conductive hearing loss is associated with a loss of hearing in the outer and/or middle ear, while sensory hearing loss is due to problems in the inner hear, particularly damage to or deterioration of the cochlea or the loss of cells in the inner air that transmit sound to the nerves of the ear. Both types of hearing loss can be sudden or develop over time. In some cases, conductive hearing loss can also be recurring, usually due to chronic ear infections or trauma.
Caution: All forms of hearing loss require immediate medical attention.
Meniere’s disease is a serious hearing disorder characterized by balance problems, dizziness, vertigo, and in many cases partial hearing loss. Meniere’s Disease is known to also cause nausea, vomiting, and sudden, sometimes violent, flare-ups of symptoms that can last from five or ten minutes to several hours. Hearing is lost following each attack; it returns, but a little less every time. As this pattern continues, episodes of Meniere’s disease tend to be less frequent and can cease altogether once the loss of hearing is complete.
Otitis media, the number one cause of hearing loss among children, affects the middle ear. Each year in the United States, $2 billion is spent on drug treatments and surgery for otitis media, which unfortunately never addresses the root causes of the condition. The primary surgery for otitis media, which is administered to one million children in the U.S. each year, involves inserting tubes through the tympanic membranes of the ears to improve drainage of ear fluid. Not only does this procedure often not work, it can also significantly increase the risk of ear infections, leading to a worsening of hearing problems and the need for additional surgeries and/or antibiotic drugs.
Symptoms often include earache, ear pain, and impaired hearing, as well as allergy, chills, fever, infection of the upper respiratory tract, irritability, and swelling and inflammation of the middle ear and eardrum. Otitis media can either be acute or chronic.
Caution: Left untreated, cases of chronic otitis media related to infection of the middle ear can lead to meningitis, a dangerous health condition that affects the membranes of the brain and spinal cord.
Tinnitus is a hearing disorder that is primarily characterized by continuous ringing and/or hissing sounds in the ear that can sometimes be accompanied by earache or ear pain. In some cases, dizziness and vertigo can also occur.
Here are some of the main symptoms of hearing loss:
- Muffled hearing.
- Difficulty understanding what those around you are saying, especially when there are other voices or background noise. You may be able to hear someone speaking, but you cannot distinguish the specific words. In fact, many people with hearing loss aren’t aware they have it
- Listening to the television or radio at higher volume than in the past.
- Avoiding conversation and social interaction. Social situations can be tiring and stressful if you do not hear well. You may begin to avoid those situations as hearing becomes more difficult.
- Depression. Many adults may be depressed because of how hearing loss is affecting their social life.
Other symptoms that may occur with hearing loss include:
- Ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing in the ear (tinnitus)
- Ear pain, itching or irritation
- Pus or fluid leaking from the ear, which may result from an injury or infection that is causing hearing loss
Among the most common causes of hearing disorders are allergies, antibiotic and other drug use, the buildup of earwax, infection and inflammation, and chronic exposure to loud noises.
Both food and environmental sensitivities can cause or exacerbate hearing disorders, and are especially connected to the increased incidence of otitis media over the last few decades. Common foods that can trigger allergenic responses include milk and dairy products, corn, chocolate, sugar, wheat and wheat byproducts; whereas common environmental triggers include animal dander, dust, and mold, especially in the bedroom. Other allergy related conditions, such as asthma, eczema, hay fever, and hives, may also be associated with hearing disorders. Allergenic substances negatively impact the ear by increasing the risk of infection and causing swelling and inflammation.
Antibiotics and Other Drugs
The overuse of antibiotics and other drugs is also associated with the rise of hearing disorders. This is particularly true of otitis media, which is commonly treated with antibiotics prescribed by conventional physicians. In fact, over 40 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions for children in the U.S. are made in order to treat otitis media. However, research has found that, while antibiotics can be necessary for a few cases of otitis media, nearly 90 percent of antibiotic use is unwarranted. In addition, the use of antibiotics for otitis media has been shown to increase the incidence and frequency of recurring otitis media episodes.
Similar negative side effects have been shown to occur in children who are prescribed antibiotics for chronic earache and ear pain. Not only have antibiotics been found to be no better than placebo for treating ear pain in children, they have also been shown to increase the risk of the excessive ear fluid that is associated with recurring episodes of earache, as well as ear infections.
The late William Crook, MD, author of The Yeast Connection, also found that antibiotic use leads to candidiasis (systemic yeast overgrowth) and suppresses the immune system. As a result, a vicious cycle is set up in which antibiotics used to treat ear and hearing conditions leads to immune suppression and candidiasis, which in turn leads to further bouts of hearing disorders.
Alternative and holistic physicians, recognizing the dangers of antibiotic use, will only consider antibiotics for ear infections that have spread either to the mastoid bone behind the ear, or into the membranes known as the meninges that cover the brain and spinal cord.
Other pharmaceutical drugs can also cause or exacerbate hearing disorders, including aspirin and diuretic drugs used to treat conditions of water retention, such as edema. Chemotherapy can also cause hearing problems, in addition to many other serious side effects.
Excessive Earwax Buildup
Although a certain amount of earwax buildup inside the ear is normal and necessary for keeping the ear canal clean and moist, excessive wax buildup can lead to a host of hearing problems, include earache and ear pain, hearing loss, ear infections, inflammation, and dizziness. Food and environmental allergies often play a role in earwax buildup, as does poor hygiene and failure to properly clean the ears on a regular basis using cotton swabs. (see How Should I Clean My Ears? for safe ear swabbing technique.) Antibiotics can also play a role.
Infection and Inflammation
Both infection and inflammation are frequently involved in hearing disorders. Infections can occur as a result of the use of pharmaceutical drugs, swimming and/or bathing and showering in unclean water or water that contains high amounts of chlorine, and exposure to bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Infections related to hearing problems can also be due to pre-existing health conditions, including allergies, cancer, candidiasis, diabetes, and other chronic immune conditions.
Inflammation of the ear can occur as a result of physical trauma to the ear, as well as the inappropriate use of cotton swabs for ear cleaning and objects placed in the ear (a fairly common occurrence among young children).
An estimated 33 per cent of all hearing disorders are primarily due to exposure to loud noise (any sound over a decibel level of 80 to 85). In some cases, noise can cause permanent deafness. Sources of loud noise include airplanes, especially during takeoff; heavy construction and jackhammer use; regular attendance of hip hop, rap, rock, and heavy metal concerts (as well as playing in bands that perform such music); and listening to music played loud over stereos, Walkmans, MP3 players, and iPods (using headphones for this purpose can significantly increase the risk of hearing disorders, as well as increase ear infections). Loud noise, particularly if it is sudden an unexpected, can cause instant damage to the ear, impairing hearing by tearing the tissues of the inner ear.
Note: If you work in a loud or noisy environment consider the use of ear plugs or ear muffs, which must be provided by your employer according to federal regulations.
Other Causes of Hearing Disorders
Other possible causes of hearing disorders include perforation of any part of the middle or inner ear, smoking (due to how nicotine impairs circulation), swimming regularly in chlorinated pools (swimmer’s ear), autoimmune and metabolic health conditions, benign tumors, and vascular damage. Chronic dehydration can also cause or worsen hearing disorders, as can early bottle-feeding of infants in place of breastfeeding. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome can also be a factor.
Quick Action Plan for Hearing Disorders
- Clean your ears regularly, using cotton swabs, but do so gently to avoid damaging ear tissue.
- Avoid exposure to loud noises. If you work in a noisy environment, wear earplugs or earmuffs to protect your ears.
- Be screened for both food and environmental allergies. A highly effective method for detecting allergies is electrodermal screening (EDS).
- To eliminate allergies, consider enzyme-potentiated desensitization (EPD).
- Emphasize a diet rich in organic whole foods, especially plenty of fresh, organic vegetables, along with garlic and onions to boost immunity. Also eat high quality protein foods, such as organic free-range meats, poultry and wild-caught fish.
- Avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive, and eliminate all commercially processed foods, as well as sugar, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and caffeine, and all food additives, colorings, and preservatives.
- Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.
- For hearing problems related to structural imbalances in the skull, craniosacral therapy can be highly effective, particularly for otitis media.
- Useful nutrients for hearing problems include vitamin A, beta carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, MSM, and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Acidophilus supplements are also recommended to prevent infection and systemic yeast overgrowth (candiasis).
- Useful herbs include Echinacea, ginkgo biloba, goldenseal, hypericum, and St. John’s wort. Drops of tea tree oil and diluted grapeseed extracts inserted in the ear via an eye dropper can also be helpful.
- Useful homeopathic remedies include Aconite, Apis mellifica, Belladonna, Chamomilla, Ferrum, phos., Lycopodium, Merc. Sol., Pulsatilla, and Silicea.
- Useful homeopathic remedies include Aconite, Apis mellifica, Belladonna, Chamomilla, Ferrum, phos., Lycopodium, Merc. Sol., Pulsatilla, and Silicea.
- To help protect infants from developing hearing problems related to infections and allergies, breastfeeding for at least their first six months of life is recommended.
- According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, most hearing disorders are related to imbalances in the kidney meridian system. Rebalancing kidney energies using acupuncture and Chinese herbs can often resolve hearing problems.
- Auditory integration training, such as the Tomatis Method, can be highly effective for resolving hearing problems related to hypersensitivity to high frequency sounds.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
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Alternative Professional Care
The following therapies can also be useful for treating and preventing hearing disorders: Biofeedback Training and Neurotherapy, Biological Dentistry (for hearing problems related to TMJ), Chiropractic, Environmental Medicine, Magnet Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Sound Therapy(See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
If you suffer from hearing problems, you need to be screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and then avoid eating those foods that you are allergic or sensitive to. In addition, avoid all sugar and sugar products, wheat and wheat byproducts, soy products, soft drinks, commercially processed foods, and all foods containing artificial ingredients, such as additives, colorings, flavorings, and preservatives (such as BHA, BHT, sodium nitrite, sulfites, saccharin, aspartame, and cyclamates).
Minimize your intake of milk and dairy products, and coffee and other caffeine products, as well as red meat, salt, refined carbohydrates (white breads, pastries, commercial pastas), corn, chocolate, and unhealthy fats (hydrogenated or trans fats).
Emphasize a diet rich in organic whole foods, especially plenty of organic fresh green vegetables and green vegetable drinks. Also, eat high quality protein foods such as free-range organic meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish. Garlic and onions are beneficial due to their immune-boosting properties, as are live cultured foods such as yogurt and cultured yogurt drinks, such as kefir and lassi. Also be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame.
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Certain vitamins can help ease hearing loss by providing antioxidant protection, correcting nutritional deficiencies, increasing blood circulation, enhancing your immune system and combating infection. Try vitamins A, B complex, C and E and you’ll find them available in capsule or tablet form.
Magnesium helps prevent damage to the hair cells in the inner ear, while potassium supports nerve impulse transmission, and zinc enhances immunity. You may also find that Manganese is helpful, as a deficiency is usually linked to ear disorders.
You may also find that Coenzyme Q10 has an effect, as it’s an antioxidant which combats cellular damage caused by free radicals.
Useful nutritional supplements for hearing disorders include vitamin A (hearing loss and tinnitus), B vitamins (otitis media and other hearing problems related to infection), vitamin C (otitis media and other hearing problems related to infection), zinc (tinnitus), beta carotene (otitis media), and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) (for excess fluid buildup in the ear). Iron should be considered, especially among children with hearing disorders, but only if the patient is iron deficient. Acidophilus is recommended for hearing disorders in order to maintain healthy gastrointestinal flora and to minimize the risk of infections and candidiasis. The amino acid glutamic acid can help cases of tinnitus and also helps to maintain proper brain function, which can improve symptoms of hearing disorders. Liquid MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) inserted in the ear via eye dropper can improve the elasticity of the membranes of the middle and inner ear, and is especially useful for age-related hearing loss. Folic acid is also beneficial for hearing loss.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Avoid exposure to loud noises. If you work in a noisy environment, be sure to wear protective earplugs or earmuffs.Also avoid listening to music, tv and spoken word using headphones, which can cause hearing loss and significantly increase the risk of ear infection. In addition, regularly clean your ears with cotton swabs, but do so gently, to avoid damaging ear tissue.
Some websites suggest to cut down your cell phone usage to improve hearing. Instead use a hands-free phone and keep the volume on low, when possible.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
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- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.comorwww.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Yogaraj guggulu helps pacify vata dosha while strengthening weakened nerves. Simply take 200mg od this compound 2-3 times a day with warm water after meals.
When it comes to diet, avoid vatagenic foods like popcorn, corn chips, beans, raw veg and cold drinks.
Garlic oil also has some healing properties. Just pour around 1 tablespoon of sesame oil into a small pan and place into it a clove of well chopped garlic. Next, cook until the garlic turns brown and let it cool. While cooking, press the garlic into the oil; this heals the healing properties of the garlic ooze out and permeate the oil. Around 5 to 10 drops of the fragrant, body-temperature mixture can then be placed into the ear
Ayurvedic physicians employ essential oils, herbs, nutritional supplements, and massage therapy to help patients recover from hearing disorders. A common Ayurvedic practice is to combine the Ayurvedic herb neem with the essential oil Adardica indica after it has been warmed. A few drops of this combination are squeezed into the ear with an eye dropper, where the solution works to destroy bacteria and fungi that can contribute to earwax buildup and other ear imbalances. At the same time, patients are instructed to consume the Aurvedic herb amla, a potent source of vitamin C, to further boost immune function. Lymphatic massage may also be administered to help open up the Eustachian tubes, allowing them to drain more efficiently.
Other Ayurvedic remedies include albad oil mixed with the herbs ashwagandha, bala, calamus, black pepper, and Indian long pepper. This combination helps to improve hearing loss by increasing the circulation around the ears while simultaneously helping to drain off excess ear fluid. Warm albad oil inserted into the ear can also help to relieve tinnitus. It can be taken internally to assist in recovery of hearing disorders, as can sesame oil and ghee, or clarified butter.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is widely used in the treatment of hearing loss, with great results. If you’re considering the form of traditional Chinese medicine, first make an appointment to have your hearing tested once you’ve discovered you have Meniere’s disease or tinnitus.
Next, keep a diary of your hearing loss symptoms, as you may find that you also have symptoms like nausea, vertigo or loss of balance. Take your notes to your acupuncture appointments.
Select a certified acupuncturist in your area. When you attend your sessions, wear comfortable clothing that provides easy access to your arms, legs and face as the acupuncturist may need to insert small needles in various parts of your body.
Be aware that tinnitus can worsen during periods of high tension and stress; so do discuss this with your acupuncturist.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Practitioners of TCM find that most cases of hearing disorders are related to imbalances in kidney function. Therefore, they treat hearing problems by balancing the kidney meridians (energetic pathways of the body) using a combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies, such as er long zuo gi wan, a classic TCM remedy for imbalanced kidney energies. Close attention is given to each patient’s diet and to stimulate the immune system, Qigong and Tai chi exercises are also frequently advised.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Try essential oils for hearing impairments and you may find they’re of some benefit. If the impairment is due to nerve damage, Helichrysum has shown a good success rate.
If however, the disorder is due to deterioration or arthritis of the small bones in the ear – there may be no improvement as a result of using this method.
If hearing loss is due to infection and inflammation, Helichrysum can be some help and hearing can even be restored after several months of use.
To start, try a 2-3% dilution of Helichrysum. Mix it with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (olive oil or sweet almond oil are options).
Next, add 2-3 drops of Helichrysum and stir well. Now rub a small amount behind each ear and down near the jaw line once or twice a day – but no more than that.
You could also try the following recipes if you have no joy with the Helichrysum recipe:
Cypress – 10 drops
Helichrysum – 10 drops
Sweet Marjoram – 10 drops
Roman Chamomile – 10 drops
Carrier oil – 1 ounce
Blend well, apply behind ear, etc once or twice a day.
Helichrysum – 10 drops
Rosemary – 3 drops
Sweet Marjoram – 15 drops
Carrier oil – 1 ounce
Blend well, apply behind ear, etc once or twice a day. To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Homeopathic medicine usually works well with scar tissues, vertigo and hearing loss. For chronic issues, it’s always best to have a one-to-one consultation to ensure a thorough care analysis.
At the onset of otitis media, the homeopathic remedies Aconite and Ferrum phos. can be highly effective, while Belladonna, Chamomilla, Hepar sulf., Lycopodium, Merc sol., Pulsatilla, and Silicea are recommended for otitis media’s later stages and for recurring episodes. Apis mellifica, Belladonna, Chamomilla, Hepar sulf., Lachesis, Lycopodium, Merc sol., Pulsatilla, and Silicea are useful for treating infections related to hearing disorders. Carboneum sulphuratum and Salicylicum acidum, taken in conjunction with vitamin B6 and gignko biloba, can be helpful for Meniere’s disease, so long as sodium, caffeine, and chocolate are avoided. For tinnitus, recommended homeopathic formulas include Chenopodium, Cinchona officinalis, and Salicylicum acidum. The appropriate remedy depends upon the type of noise heard by the patient.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here: http://www.naturalcures.com/doctor-referral-service
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Here are just some herbs you can try to help alleviate the symptoms of a hearing disorder:
Helping to increase blood flow to the nerves of the inner ear, Ginkgo can improve hearing. It may also help tinnitus or ringing in the ear. Please note: This herb can interfere with your body’s production of blood platelets, which are necessary to help heal clots and wounds.
Native to North America, Echinacea was used by the Plains Indians as a wound healer. Containing antibiotic and antiviral properties, Echinacea may help prevent inner ear infections which can cause hearing loss. Also great for helping to reduce inflammation of the ear and sinus tissues, this herb may cause a tingling sensation on the tongue and in the mouth.
A herb commonly used in Indian curries and Asian stir dry dishes, ginger is also great for colds and influenza. A natural antibiotic, it can also help prevent infections which can cause damage to your inner ear, as well as to the nerves responsible for relaying sound waves to the brain. Do be aware that although side affects are rare, ginger can cause a stomach upset in some people.
Herbs that can help eliminate infections related to hearing problems include Echinacea, goldenseal, hypericum, and St. John’s wort, all which can also help to drain excess ear fluid. For otitis media, combining equal parts of Echinacea and cleavers as a tincture can be helpful. Take one teaspoon three times a day. Warm mullein flower oil inserted into the ear via an eye dropper can also help to relieve symptoms of inflammation, but should be avoided if perforation within the ear is present.
Ginkgo biloba is useful for improving overall circulation in and around the ear and is also effective as a treatment for tinnitus. Combining equal parts of ginkgo with black cohosh as a tincture can be helpful.
For earache, ear pain, diminished hearing, and hearing problems related to candidiasis, inserting tea tree oil drops and diluted grapefruit seed extract is recommended.
Auditory Integration Training
Auditory Integration Training is a form of sound therapy that has been shown to be highly effective for resolving hearing disorders related to hearing loss, sensitivities to high-frequency sounds, and hearing problems associated with behavioral and development problems. This branch of sound therapy was developed by French physicians Alfred Tomatis, M.D., and Guy Berard, E.N.T., each of whom developed a technique that bears their name. Both techniques work by using sound to stimulate the ear and the brain.
The Tomatis Method involves an electronic device known as the Electronic Ear that is used to help train the listener to make a deeper connection between language, listening, and learning. Dr. Tomatis believed that hearing problems can originate as a result of both physical and emotional trauma that can interfere with a person’s ability to properly connect with sounds, language, and learning. Practitioners of the Tomatis Method use the Electronic Ear to produce various kinds of sounds that their clients listen to in order to recreate critical stages of their listening development.
Using specific prepared audiotapes of music and voice that are played into the Electronic Ear and then filtered to produce high- and low-frequency sounds, Tomatis practitioners help to stimulate and energize the brain so that clients learn how to master the developmental stages of listening. Over time, the low-frequency sounds are gradually eliminated so that the high frequencies can further energize the brain. As another aspect of the training, clients talk into the Electronic Ear using a microphone so that they can listen to their own voice as a means of establishing proper audio-vocal control. The Tomatis Method can provide significant benefits for a variety of hearing disorders, including childhood deafness. It has also been shown to be effective for resolving various behavioral problems that can occur in children with hearing disorders, including attention deficit disorder (ADD), dyslexia, and hyperactivity.
Dr. Berard’s work with auditory integration training is similar to the Tomatis Method, but more commonly used for resolving the behavioral and cognitive problems that people with hearing disorders can experience. According to Dr. Berard, such problems can occur when certain frequencies are perceived in a distorted manner, leading to difficulties in comprehension and behavior. Practitioners of Dr. Berard’s Method use a device known as the Ears Education and Retraining System (EERS) that helps to reduce the sound frequencies that a person hears in a distorted way, or to which he or she is hypersensitive. Over time, the EERS enables clients to perceive all sound frequencies normally and without sensitivity to them. Dr. Berard has used his system to help many patients with hearing-related behavioural and cognitive problems fully recover, including cases of autism.
Developed by John Upledger, D.O., Medical Director of the Upledger Institute, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, craniosacral therapy offers many benefits for people suffering from hearing disorders because of how it works to realign the temporal bones, which enclose the inner workings of the ears, with the rest of the cranium. In addition, it is highly effective for relieving pressure on the temporal lobes of the brain, which can also be a factor in hearing disorders. Craniosacral therapy is also highly effective for resolving hearing problems related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. It is particularly helpful for resolving earache and ear pain, otitis media and tinnitus.
Dealing with Excess Earwax
In addition to the regular use of cotton swabs (see How Should I Clean My Ears? for safe ear swabbing technique), a simple and effective method recommended by naturopathic physicians for earwax build-up is to add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide or vinegar to warm water. Using an eye dropper, place the solution in your ear (tilting your head upward as you insert it). After a few moments, tilt you head down, allowing the solution to drain out. Then repeat the process with your other ear. Be sure to use cotton swabs afterwards. Crushed garlic or the herb mullein added to extra virgin olive oil can also be used for this purpose.
Excess earwax can be due to a deficiency of essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 oils. Therefore, daily supplementing with omega-3 oils is recommended.
Detecting and eliminating food and environmental allergies is essential in many cases of hearing disorders. In addition, breastfeeding infants for at least six months following their birth can significantly reduce the risk of children developing allergies that can contribute to hearing problems. Research shows that breastfed children overall grow up to be more resistant to allergies than infants who are fed milk formulas, and that they have stronger immune systems.
In addition to allergy testing (See Allergies for more information), one of the most effective means of detecting allergies is electrodermal screening (EDS). EDS is able to screen for both food and environmental allergies by energetically reading a person’s energetic pathways of the body as the person is exposed to sample vials of the most common allergens. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, EDS is often capable of detecting hidden allergies when all other testing methods fail.
If allergies are detected, an effective way to resolve them is an allergy treatment known as enzyme-potentiated desensitization (EPD). In EPD treatments, patients receive a series of injections that contain a variety of allergens from a specific category, such as milk and dairy products for food allergy treatments. The injections help the body’s immune system to build up tolerances to the allergens so that they can eventually be tolerated without problems. Depending on the number of allergens a person is sensitive to, a series of EPD injections may be necessary. Unlike conventional allergy shots, EPD injections are able to treat multiple related allergens at once, and at much lower dosages, thus minimizing the risk of adverse reactions.
Helping to promote better blood circulation, yoga routines are a popular choice for those with a hearing disorder. In fact, one of the common reasons why people experience hearing loss is due to the lack of blood flowing towards the ear muscles.
Nerves are also stretched and massaged via yoga postures and routines, and ear muscles enjoy the same effects as that of other parts of the body. As a result, the auditory nerves are brought back to life, making the hearing senses stronger.
You may find that yoga is practiced with soothing new age music, also helpful in alleviating hearing loss.
The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Some hearing loss sufferers swear by Qigong. In fact, one fan of the technique is Miami-based acupuncturist Dashi Chu Tococa, who teaches the treatment both in America and the UK. She travelled to China to find out if Qigong could treat the 50% hearing loss in her left year, an ailment she’d had for over three years. After just two days of practising Qiong, her ear popped and her healing was suddenly restored.
Acupuncture for hearing loss: www.chinesemedicinetimes.com/article.php/91/acupuncture_good_for_hearing_loss
Qigong and hearing loss: www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=1438
Hearing loss and sound therapy: www.soundtherapyperth.com/benefits/hearing.php
Can hearing loss be improved naturally? www.hearingdirect.com/blog/can-hearing-loss-be-improved-naturally.html
Natural remedies for hearing loss: www.botanical-online.com/hearinglossremedies.htm
Vitamins, herbs and supplements for hearing disorders: www.raysahelian.com/hearing.html
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong (from August 2012 newsletter)
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Try home remedies to heal Tinnitus: www.homeveda.com/ear-nose-and-throat/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-tinnitus.html
Natural Tinnitus cure: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDEQ6eSu-mo
Natural treatment for hearing loss or impairment: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpTBeW8FcqY
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Cure Acute Otitis Media and Glue Ear Without Antibiotics and Save Your Child From Adenoidectomy (Better Baby Health) [Kindle Edition] by Ljubica Savic
Tinnitus No More: The Complete Guide On Tinnitus Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, & Natural Tinnitus Remedies to Get Rid of Ringing in Ears Once and for All [Kindle Edition] by Brian M Lawrence
TINNITUS – Causes, Symptoms and Cures (Natural Health Remedies) [Kindle Edition] by Helen Angeles
Natural Relief from Tinnitus: A Good Health Guide (Good Health Guides) [Paperback] by Paul Yanick
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna
by Bernie S Siegel
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
1,000 Indian Recipes (1,000 Recipes) by Neelam Batra;
Food–Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.