How to regain HearingHas anyone complained that you have the TV volume TOO HIGH?
Or you miss most of the conversation at a restaurant because of all the background noise?
Hearing problems are typical as we get older, with 46% of those between ages 48 to 87 suffering from hearing loss.
Almost half the mature adults in the population!
Most doctors say that hearing loss, often coming with ringing, buzzing, or whistling in the ears (known as tinnitus) is something we have to live with as we age, but this is not always true.
Recent science suggests that effective natural solutions to defeat cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's etc will also protect against hearing loss!
In addition, those with existing hearing loss can also regain part of that loss.
Of course we may never gain everything we had in youth, but we can often regain enough to have a conversation in a noisy environment without resorting to hearing aids.
Hearing aids can be expensive, unsightly and the cheaper units only amplify all noise.
Another option is cochlear implants, but this invasive implant surgery is very expensive.
The other alternative is to put up with hearing loss, and hope that total deafness will not follow with advancing years.
Hearing loss is much like losing eyesight, robbing us of the wonderful pleasures of living.
Imagine not being able to hear music again, or have a conversation, or hear the dialog of your favourite classic movie.
The truth is: We do NOT have to sit back and let it happen!
Life is so much better when we can hear every whisper.
We can get rid of any ringing in the ears that can drive us crazy.
We can watch TV or listen to favourite songs without turning the volume on high.
There is no reason why anyone should suffer from hearing loss, no matter how old!
There are two dangerous myths about age-related hearing loss1. Bad hearing is something I have to live with
So many people think that hearing problems are just a part of growing old.
We all want to listen to music, enjoy a conversation or follow movie dialogue without straining to hear.
We can take steps right now to protect our ears and improve your hearing.
2. Ringing and buzzing in my ears can't be fixed. My doctor said so.
Not necessarily! Let me explain.
Ringing or whistling is frustrating, and interferes with concentration, sleep, job performance, and conversation.
Doctors normally recommend a hearing aid, and tell us to avoid loud noises.
But ringing, humming and other noise in the ears is not always due to those loud concerts or industrial noise from decades ago.
It can be due to free radicals, which destroy healthy inner ear cells.
Inner ears (the cochlea) contain over 15,000 tiny hair cells that help convert sound waves into electrical impulses.
Impulses are sent via auditory nerves to the brain, and hearing loss begins when those cochlea sensory hair cells are damaged.
Overexposure to loud sounds, a serious infection, certain medications, stress, or exposure to toxins can cause this damage.
Some people are genetically predisposed to hearing problems, and circulation problems can reduce blood flow to the ears.
That's the bad news.
And here is the good news:
Everything can come through loud and clear again!
Like any other organ, ears need nutrition to support peak performance.
Science has uncovered certain ingredients that can help nourish, protect and even restore hearing health, no matter how old we are!
Together, these compounds help prevent inner ear cell death, boost circulation, quiet ringing and buzzing and repair noise-induced hearing loss.
They can relieve current hearing problems, and can prevent further damage to hearing for decades to come!
Tinnitus - Ringing in the EarsTinnitus comes from the Latin word tinnire means "to ring". Tinnitus is a severe problem for many of us, reducing our ability to hear correctly when there is ringing, buzzind or other noise in our head.
The first thing to do is eliminate things that are known to cause tinnitus - prescription drugs!
Anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, sedatives, antidepressants and aspirin can all cause tinnitus. Most of these are not required or ineffective, and can have other unpleasant side-effects, so ask the doctor for an alternative or if you can quit them altogether.
Sometimes when the doctor says "It is all in your head" the doctor is right!
Tinnitus can happen when the hearing is fine, but there is a "feedback loop" going on between the ear and the brain, causing tinnitus, not unlike the high-pitched noise from an amplifier when over-driven.
To help cancel this feedback loop, we should:
- Use a masking devices and/or hearing aid to reduce intensity of unwanted sounds, and/or increase volume of soft, environmental sounds, which help drown out tinnitus noise. White noise machines, phone apps, videos can help. Sounds like falling rain, ocean waves, even air conditioners and fans, etc can help
- Avoid loud noises. Heavy machinery, jack hammers, chain saws, firearms, loud concerts Any sound over 80 dB can trigger acute tinnitus and hearing loss, but can subside in 2 or 3 days
- Use nutritional supplements listed below
Here are 11 of the best nutritional compounds proven to help improve hearing and relieve ringing, whistling and buzzingAlso to boost circulation to the tiny capillaries in and around the auditory canal to feed ears the oxygen and nutrients they need to be healthy,
deliver the high-potency cell-nourishing support your inner ears need to repair and renew themselves,
fight the free-radical damage that can harm your cochlear bones, auditory canal and every other part of the ear,
improve the volume, range and sensitivity of your hearing, so you can hear everything you want to hear!
Ginkgo increases the flow of blood and nutrients to the brain, helping you feel more alert and focused.
There are over 40 studies showing gingko also increases blood flow to the auditory canal, and helps relieve tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Ginkgo is a very powerful antioxidant that helps protect the nerves and auditory canal from free radical damage.
It is also a natural vasodilator, meaning it helps open up the tiny blood vessels and capillaries, especially in and around ears, which can have a beneficial impact on hearing.
In one study, people suffering from tinnitus saw a marked improvement in their symptoms after taking gingko, compared with the placebo group.
In another study, 72 people with hearing problems were given either ginkgo or a popular conventional remedy. Scientists were surprised to see the notably better results with ginkgo in both hearing improvement and reduced tinnitus.
Ginkgo has the ability to energize the cell mitochondria in the cochlea. Mitochondria is the powerhouse providing energy for every cell in the body.
Like ginkgo, vinpocetine is a powerful antioxidant and a vasodilator that relaxes the capillaries of the ears, opens up blocked blood vessels, enhancing circulation.
Vinpocetine can deliver results almost immediately, concentrating blood flow in and around the ears, eyes and brain.
In a study of young people with sudden hearing loss, a whopping 79.2% of patients experienced better hearing after taking this amazing hearing-booster.
And 66% had a significant decrease in tinnitus, with many noticing the difference after taking vinpocetine for only 7 days!
Vinpocetine has also been shown to improve cognitive ability, short and long-term memory, to slow or stop Alzheimer's disease, improve vision and help prevent glaucoma and macular problems.
Dose from 10 to 40mg daily. Higher doses seem to provide no further benefits.
Magnesium works by improving blood flow around the cochlea and other parts of the auditory canal, and is vital for lifetime healthy hearing.
Research shows that magnesium provides protection against noise-induced hearing loss.
In one study, patients taking magnesium were exposed to a continuous noise signal every day for 10 minutes a day.
Scientists found that the group taking magnesium experienced fewer hearing problems and less ringing in the ears.
Even better, magnesium given after noise exposure helped reduce any short-term hearing loss as well.
In another study, soldiers taking magnesium during two-month basic training experienced 50% less hearing damage than the placebo group.
Recruits in this study were consistently exposed to noises up to 164 decibels, much louder than a rock concert, and equivalent to the blast from a 12-gauge shotgun!
A Mayo Clinic study suggested that people with hearing problems often have low levels of magnesium.
Not surprising, as up to 80% of Americans are magnesium-deficient, primarily due to intensive farming practices depleting magnesium from the soil.
Alpha Lipoic Acid [ALA] is the only antioxidant that's both water and fat soluble, giving it the unique ability to penetrate and protect every muscle, organ and tissue.
ALA is a powerful free-radical scavenger that can fight oxidative free radical damage in the heart, brain, and ears!
Also has the ability to regenerate the body's natural glutathione and other antioxidants such as Vitamin E back to their active states so they can continue neutralizing free radicals in the cochlea.
ALA helps to repair hearing loss and cochlear damage, and can stave off age-related hearing loss through enhanced mitochondrial function in sensory hearing cells.
ALA also has the unique ability to regenerate and recycle other antioxidants like vitamin E, helping to maximize their benefits in your body. So unlike many antioxidants that are lost forever once they eliminate free radicals, ALA continues protecting you from this age-causing damage over and over again. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, with studies showing significantly improved hearing levels.
folate caused a significant delay in age-related hearing loss.
Another study showed that men over 60 with high folate levels decreased their risk of hearing loss by 20%
vitamin B12, an essential nutrient for many things including hearing.
People with impaired hearing are frequently found to be deficient in B12.
A study of 385 people with hearing problems, including tinnitus, showed that 47% also suffered from vitamin B12 deficiency.
After corrected this deficiency over the next six months, 54% reported an improvement in the buzzing and ringing, and 25% stated that the ringing was no longer as loud.
It is more effective to take B12 and folate together. Another study showed people with hearing loss had 38% lower levels of vitamin B12, and 31% lower levels of folate.
Selenium also helps protect from cancers. Can be toxic in large doses so add up selenium from all sources before adding more. 200mcg daily is plenty, and do not exceed 400 mcg daily.
Selenium is very deficient in Australian soil, made worse by depletion from over-farming the same ground.
Zinc helps protect the cochlear bones inside the ears.
A study showed that tinnitus decreased in 82% of patients receiving zinc supplements.
Zinc is also vital for the immune system and many enzyme functions.
A large proportion of the population is deficient in zinc. Note that high intakes of zinc deplete copper, so our zinc also includes copper.
Copper is vital for normal growth, health, red blood cells, hair colour and for hearing.
Too much copper is bad for the brain and general health, especially the metallic kind we get from copper water pipes, copper cookware, etc.
Zinc and Magnesium supplements are great for health and hearing, but compete with copper for absorption. The best supplement we have found is the one above and Zinc plus Copper which has zinc and copper in a bio-available form in the correct proportions.
NT3 and AstaxanthinNT3 (neurotrophin-3) has been used successfully to help restore hearing that has been damaged by loud noise.
Astaxanthin has been shown to raise NT3 Expression.
Astaxanthin is part of the carotenoid family, is believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature, far more potent than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein, with very strong free radical scavenging activity, protecting our cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage.
Astaxanthin also has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, and can cross both the blood-brain barrier and the blood-retinal barrier to help protect eyes.
The NT3-boosting ability appears to be responsible for Astaxanthin's benefits for hearing.
Astaxanthin studies in China appear to produce NT3 expression, resulting in increased spinal cord neurons in rats with compressive spinal cord injury.
Krill oil also has a small amount of Axtaxantin, along with DHA and phospholipids, all contributing to nerver health and even regeneration.
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Open2Study, Australia - Food, Nutrition and Your Health
RMIT University, Australia - Foundations of Psychology
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia - Chemistry - Building Blocks of the World
University of Washington, USA - Energy, Diet and Weight
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Health Issues for Aging Populations
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - International Nutrition
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Methods in Biostatistics I
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Methods in Biostatistics II
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Principles of Human Nutrition
TUFTS University, USA - Nutrition and Medicine
TUFTS University, USA - Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease I and Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease II
Technical Learning College, USA - Western Herbology, Identification, Formulas
Bath University, England - Inside Cancer
WebMD - The Link Between Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation
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