Millions of people are affected by hearing loss. While the condition is mainly related to the natural aging process, a diminished ability to hear should be treated carefully and approached with diligence. It is true that in the majority of cases hearing impairment is connected to age and the deterioration of the auditory nerves. However, that does not mean that treatment is not possible, on the contrary, it should be sought.
Depending on the type of hearing loss – conductive or sensorineural, it may be reversible. Conductive hearing loss may result from an earwax build-up, ear infections and inflammations, medicines, injuries or malformations. If hearing impairment is caused by some of these conditions, there are various medical treatments available that can restore hearing such as antibiotics, surgery, earwax removal, etc.
If you suffer from sensorineural hearing loss, that means that the tiny hairs in your inner ear are irreversibly damaged and as they cannot regenerate the condition will remain permanent. Most often, this type of hearing impairment occurs with age progression and the detrimental effects of the free radicals in the body formed when burning carbohydrates. By definition, a free radical is a molecule that due to its instability often damages any cell it interacts with. It also changes DNA and thus “errors” in the body functions occur. These may include problems with blood circulation and supply to various organs, including the inner ear, which in turn may lead to hearing problems. For such conditions, hearing aids are recommended along with other types of assistive hearing devices. While hearing aids do not cure or restore normal hearing, they amplify sounds so that the wearer can communicate more easily and independently.
Natural restoration of hearing loss that has already been incurred is highly unlikely, especially in the case of sensorineural hearing loss. There are a number of popular home remedies whose properties are believed to have a healing or at least aiding effect on different organs or health conditions. Some of the most common include Ginkgo biloba, garlic, marjoram (all known to improve blood circulation), apple vinegar (supplies the needed zinc, magnesium, potassium and manganese) and olive oil (used for ear infections).
However, many natural treatments are primarily connected to preserving existing hearing rather than curing hearing loss. Popular methods for maintaining or improving hearing are:
- Avoid noise – Noise is one of the main reasons for acquired hearing impairment. Extensive listening to loud music or machinery may be detrimental to the auditory pathway. That is why you should be careful with loud sounds and always use hearing protection in noisy environments.
- Remove earwax – Earwax accumulation may harden and cause temporary hearing loss. It should be carefully removed and if needed, with the assistance of a specialist.
- Enrich your diet – It is important that the daily diet comprises all the needed vitamins, antioxidants and supplements that help blood circulation and fight free radicals.
- Do hearing exercises – Sound source location and noise filtering are two of the main problems when hearing loss occurs. You should train your ears in multiple sound source and noise situations so they accommodate faster and focus on the sounds that you want to hear.
Ultimately, however, a hearing aid is one of the most successful approaches to improving and managing a hearing loss. And they are much less expensive and obtrusive than many people think!