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The Navajo Medicine Man Remedy That Will Reverse Your Hearing Loss! by Ben Carter

All Natural Remedy For Complete Hearing Improvement

REVERSE HEARING LOSS

Please note that much of this publication is based on personal experience and anecdotal
evidence. Although the author and publisher have made every reasonable attempt to achieve
complete accuracy of the content in this Guide, they assume no responsibility for errors or
omissions. Also, you should use this information as you see fit, and at your own risk. Your
particular situation may not be exactly suited to the examples illustrated here; in fact, it’s likely
that they won’t be the same, and you should adjust your use of the information and
recommendations accordingly.

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Table of Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 4
The Anatomy of the Ear ..................................................................................................... 5
Hearing Loss ......................................................................................................................... 10
Treating Hearing Loss ....................................................................................................... 23
The Navajo Way of Healing.............................................................................................. 35
Effects of Nutrition on Hearing ..................................................................................... 54
Preventing Hearing Loss .................................................................................................. 72
Apps for Hearing Loss....................................................................................................... 85
Resources for Hearing Loss ............................................................................................ 95
Conclusion ............................................................................................................................. 98
15-Day Action Plan ......................................................................................................... 102

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Introduction

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mong the many blessings of nature, hearing is one that humans can
never be grateful for enough; we generally take this sense for granted.
It is only when people lose their sense of hearing that they realize how
bland and blank that life can become.
Understanding the way that our ear works is important in order to grasp how
hearing loss is a phenomenon that affects so many people all over the world.
The contents of this book target topics that revolve around determining the
causes of hearing loss as well as the way it can be treated most effectively.
Since this problem has become quite common, a number of treatments are
being introduced to treat the ear.
Amidst these invasive surgical treatments, many natural ways of healing can
restore hearing in a person who loses this capability. In the subsequent
chapters of the book, you will read about natural ways like The Navajo Way
to Healing and Healing Hearing with Nutrition. Both doctors and patients
alike often overlook these methods; however, extensive research has shown
that natural remedies for hearing loss are both productive and healthy.
If your loved one has gone through the terrible trauma of losing their
hearing, this book will be a valuable resource for you to learn about and
familiarize yourself with the necessary details regarding this condition. You
can then stand in a better position to suggest treatment options and to make
sure that the patient is being looked after properly with all remedies and
areas of improvement being explored.
Lastly, you will get to know about the many preventive measures that can be
taken to ensure a healthily functioning sense of hearing. These measures
range from having a healthy lifestyle and taking proper nutrition, to cleaning
the ears regularly and taking a couple of essential exercises into
consideration. Alongside these techniques, we will also discuss the many
hearing loss apps that can be used by those whose hearing is not totally lost,
but may have reduced to some extent.
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REVERSE HEARING LOSS

The Anatomy of the Ear
The Sense of Hearing

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n the same way that all other structures and processes in the body have
an organized and working system, the sense of hearing is also a system
with many components and smaller processes to complete it. For a person
to hear sound and then communicate information as a response, the entire
body has to function in connection to the brain.
Although the common statement is that “we hear with our ears”, the
functions going on inside the body are highly complicated and work at a
deeper level. How does the ear function help you to recognize different types
of sounds? How does it record different pitches, volumes and frequencies?
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Answering questions like these means understanding the exact anatomy of
the ear. Once the many nitty-gritties of the basic bodily functions of our
hearing system are understood, then the loss of hearing can be identified
easily.
As part of the anatomy of the ear, there are two main topics for discussion.
1. Parts of the ear and the hearing system in general
2. The process of hearing (i.e. receiving and processing sound)

Parts Of The Ear
It will come as a surprise for many
that the ear itself is a complicated
organ. There are many parts,
some that have very important
functions and others that are just
present for support. While a
detailed anatomy is usually on
the
fingertips
of
medical
professionals, knowing a bit
about the structure of the ear is a
must for general readers as well.
The structure of the ear is divided into three main parts, namely the external,
middle and inner sections of the ear. Within each part, various smaller parts
work together to receive and process sound.
 External Ear: The external ear contains two parts: the pinna and the
ear canal (external auditory meatus). The pinna is the specifically
shaped structure that is made up of soft cartilage and is covered by the
skin. This is the entrance to the ear. It is attached to the ear canal, which
is 2.5cm in length and 0.7cm in diameter in the average adult.
 Middle Ear: The parts of the middle ear are connected to the ear canal
from the outside. The middle ear contains:
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 Eardrum
 Tympanic Cavity
 Ossicles (three soft bones)
o Malleus (also called the hammer is attached to the eardrum
o Incus (also called the anvil bridges the gap between the malleus
and the stapes
o Stapes (also called the stirrup is the footplate, which is the
smallest bone in a human.
 Inner Ear: The inner ear includes a number of important parts:
 Oval Window: The oval window connects the middle ear to the
inner ear.
 Semicircular Ducts: The semicircular ducts are filled with fluid. They
communicate the position of the head to the brain. These ducts
play an important role in helping the brain interpret balance.
 Cochlea: Cochlea is a spiral-shaped structure that converts sounds
into signals for the brain to interpret. These signals, when sent to
the brain, are broken down into messages and then given to the
body to bring about action.
 Auditory Tube: The auditory tube is a support organ in the inner
ear. Its function is to drain excess fluid that collects inside the ears.
It is connected to the back of the throat, thus providing the fluid a
passage to exit the ear structure.

The Process of Hearing
The process of hearing involves all the above parts of the ear in combination
with the cognitive and processing ability of the brain. Together, this makes

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up the sense of hearing. Hence, when discussing the hearing ability in human
beings, we will refer to the parts discussed above.

Receiving Sound Waves
When the ear receives sound, it is sent to the auditory cortex, which is a
special region located at the back of the brain that is dedicated to process
the sound waves in the body. The most important component of the ear in
regards to the reception of sound waves is the eardrum. It is in the eardrum
that these waves collect and then travel into the inner ear for processing.
While travelling in the eardrum, these waves cause vibrations and make the
entire auditory structure vibrate in order to sense the presence of sound.
These waves then reach the ossicles, which are three small bones in the
middle ear. From here, they are passed on to the cochlea. It is believed that
“true hearing” (when a person feels there is noise in their surroundings)
begins when the sound waves reach the cochlea.
The cochlea transforms sound waves into nervous impulses that are sent to
the brain. Since the function of the cochlea is so important, it deserves some
detail. Inside the cochlea resides a sensory organ called the corti. An Italian
anatomist named Alfonso Corti discovered the corti in 1851. It was
discovered that the corti contains 15,000-20,000 sensory cells, each of which
has its own tiny hairs.
This hair is able to pick up the most sensitive of sounds by detecting minute
vibrations in the cochlear fluid. Moreover, each hair is specialized to detect
different types of sounds that belong to various frequencies. Combined, they
enable human ears to hear sounds belonging to the frequency range of 20
Hz to 20 KHz and a volume range of 5 to 15 decibels.
The hairs in the cochlea are extremely sensitive. They need to be cleaned and
taken care of very delicately because, once they are destroyed, they will never
grow back.
The next part of sound processing begins in the brain. When signals are
received, the brain interprets them and orders the body to behave in a certain
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manner. Each of these behavioral patterns is either previously recorded or is
introduced into the body with new sound frequencies. This is the reason why
when you hear a sound that the brain has processed previously, you behave
exactly how you behaved the previous time.
This learning ability of the brain, combined with the hearing process in the
various parts of the ears, is what completes the sense of hearing.

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REVERSE HEARING LOSS

Hearing Loss
What Causes Hearing Loss?
1. Damage to the inner ear: Any damage caused to the inner structure
of the ear results in permanent hearing loss. As mentioned previously,
the ossicles and the eardrum are very sensitive parts that can be
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damaged even if one cleans the ear too vigorously. Extreme caution
and care need to be exercised when inserting a cleaning tool or
inspection devices into the ear to make sure that the tiny fragile bones
are not disturbed.
2. Abnormal bone growth or tumors: The growth of tumors, even if
they are not cancerous, can cause hearing functions to be impaired. A
bulging tumor can block the passage of the ear canal, hindering sound
waves from reaching the cochlea. Examples of these tumors include
osteomas, exostoses, acoustic neuroma and benign polyps. Multiple
treatments have been designed to clear the tumors; however, in many
cases, only partial hearing is ever restored.
3. Exposure to loud noises: Constant and persistent exposure to loud
noises can cause significant damage to the inner ear structures. Such
damage is often permanent and leads to hearing loss in people of all
ages. Often times, exposure to intense noises cannot be avoided
because people work at jobs involving manufacturing, assembly line
plants, airplane communication, noises created by motorbikes, and
heavy machineries. According to research, more than 30 million
Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise at work. Ear
protectors are the easiest solution to this problem.
Apart from work, many unhealthy and undesirable noises are part of
the lifestyle choices made by us. For instance, continuously attending
concerts and rock shows during which music is played above 100Hz
can cause temporary or permanent damage to the eardrum and
ossicles only after 15 to 29 minutes of exposure.
The same way, if the sound of music and singing is above 85 decibels,
it can cause damage to the ear. Tinnitus, which means experiencing
continuous ringing in the ears, is usually a result of such exposure. In
many cases, tinnitus ceases within a few minutes or hours; however, in
many others, it becomes a persistent problem.

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4. Injury or pressure changes: Injuries such as severe head trauma can
result in the dislocation of the ossicles, or permanent damage to the
nerves running through the ears. Contact sports like wrestling, boxing
and rugby are the causes of intensive injuries around the brain and
ears.
Apart from injury, sudden and massive changes in pressure resulting
from activities like scuba diving, flying or swimming without proper
gear cause changes in air pressure in the ear canal.
While the eardrum does have the ability to heal in a few weeks, if the
damage is severe, surgical procedures may be required.
5. Medicines: Did you know that regular use of aspirin increases the risk
of hearing loss? Other than this, many intensive medicines like those
prescribed for cancer have the power to affect hearing adversely.
Whenever such medication is administered, a patient’s hearing is
constantly monitored to record distortions and impairment levels.
Many times, adverse side effects on hearing clear up after the drug is
discontinued.
6. Chronic diseases: Diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart
attacks and strokes – all of which have no connection to the ear
whatsoever – have the power to affect hearing because they may
reduce or interrupt the flow of blood between the inner ear and the
brain. As these diseases are chronic, hearing may be lost for good.
7. Use of earphones: The use of earphones and earplugs has gone up
considerably. With more and more people listening to loud music and
commentaries using headphones that aim the sound waves directly
into the inner ear, the chances of inner ear damage have increased
considerably. The extent of hearing loss depends on the level of
volume and on the duration of listening time.
8. Buildup of Earwax: Earwax is naturally present in the ears for
lubrication and protection of the inner structures. Moreover, it also

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protects the ear canal against the collection of bacteria and dirt within
the ear canal. However, when earwax keeps accumulating, it hardens
and consequently leaves an uncomfortable feeling. With a clogged ear,
earaches are common and, in more extreme cases, hearing impairment
may also occur.
Still, removing earwax at home is highly dangerous since poking into
the ear can damage the sensitive nerves and hearing organs. If you
think you have a clogged ear, it is best to consult a doctor who will use
special tools to remove the earwax without causing any pain.
9. Heredity: Is it possible to have hearing impairments, if such a condition
is in your genes? Yes, medical research has proven that family history
often results in the malformation of the ear and its inner organs.
Studies show that almost 70 percent of deafness cases are passed on
by recessive genes and 30 percent by dominant genes. Such a case of
hearing loss has a very slim chance of being treated.

What’s Age Got To Do With Hearing?
It is undeniable that hearing loss can happen
at any age; the number of young children with
hearing aids and ear issues has increased
significantly in the last two decades.
Data from the U.S. government reveals that
close to 5.2 million children between the age
of 6 and 19 have impaired hearing because of
exposure to unfavorable environments or due
to being born with abnormal hearing function.
Still, what if you have never been injured or if
you have never worked in a facility or
environment that is exposed to loud noises. What would be the cause of
hearing loss?

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According to many studies completed by the National Institute of Deafness
and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), in the same way that aging
affects the overall condition of the body and its organs, it also affects the
ears and their inner structure. This means that, as a person ages, the ears age
as well; eventually, their function to detect noises deteriorates. This condition
is known as presbycusis.
An extensive research conducted by NIDCD indicates that one in every three
Americans between the age of 65 and 75 suffers from impaired hearing.
Those who are 75 and older also have a certain level of deterioration in their
hearing levels. These studies conclude that despite all the care you take to
keep your ears and their structure safe, as you age, hearing distortion is
usually an inevitable result.
What does age have to do with hearing? In the previous section, the function
of the brain was outlined in great detail. In the hearing process, the brain
plays a major role in the processing of sound waves and in the initiation of
behavior. A young person’s brain is alert and active; hence, it has a lot of
processing power and can interpret thousands of nervous signals at a time.
Similarly, the structures in the inner ear are young and in their prime, so
detecting even the most minute of sounds in the surroundings. With age, the
processing ability of the brain weakens; it understands much less than it used
to, thus reducing the capacity to hear.
Similar age-related structural changes in the brain are also responsible for
confusion that may be felt while deciphering difficult words. These behaviors
are quite among the aged and are evidence that hearing is definitely affected
by the aging process.
What can be done to prevent hearing loss that occurs due to age? Even
though the prevention of hearing loss is the topic of discussion in the next
few chapters, it is essential to mention here that while age-related hearing
loss may not be unavoidable, doctors predict that the onset can be delayed
to an extent. Since the main reason for this type of hearing impairment is the

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slower functioning of the brain, efforts should be made to keep the brain
healthy and strong.
Proper nutrition and lots of challenging brain exercises are the key to
ensuring that brain cells are active and accustomed to working smoothly
under pressure. Auditory exercises and a healthy lifestyle are some sure-shot
ways to help detail the effects of aging on hearing.

Types of Hearing Damage
Identifying the type of hearing damage or loss is the first step towards
treating it. Comprehensive Auditory Evaluation (CAE) is necessary to be done
before medical professionals can estimate the extent of damage to the outer
and inner ears. A couple of tests like the Speech Audiometry Test or the
Balance Test are conducted on patients to determine which part of the ear
has been affected.
Once the results of these tests are evaluated and studied at great lengths,
doctors can determine which type of hearing damage the patient is suffering
from. There are three main types of hearing losses that have been identified.
1. Conductive Hearing Loss:
Conductive hearing loss (CLH) is a conduction that relates to the
mechanical movement of sound waves. When this movement is
hindered in the form of a blockade or an abnormality that prevents the
middle ear from transmitting sound waves to the inner ear, a patient is
said to be suffering from conductive hearing loss.
When the middle ear’s ability to transmit sound decreases, sound is not
recorded by the ear at its true intensity. This means that while the
original sound may have been extremely loud, what reaches the inner
ear (and the cochlea) is very dim with low intensity, which can also be
considered as a distortion of the sound wave.
In other words, the true intensity of mechanical energy is not being
transmitted in the ear in such a condition. A patient suffering from CHL
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cannot hear low voices, minute sounds or far away noises, all of which
already have very low intensities.
Some causes of CHL are as follows.
 Malformation of any part of the ear
 Allergies
 Tumors
 Collection of fluid in the middle ear
 Trapped foreign materials in the ear
 Infection in the ear canal
There are many treatment options for conductive hearing loss. Since it
is usually the result of a temporary condition that hampers mechanical
energy, most cases of this condition are curable. After a medical or
surgical procedure, patients are able to hear fully or partially. In the
case that hearing is recovered partially, hearing aids can be used.
2. Sensorineural Hearing Loss:
The words “sensory” and
“neural” – which together
make up the second type of
hearing loss – indicate that
this is a result of nerve and
sensory neuron damage in
the
inner
ear.
More
specifically, auditory nerve
dysfunction results in the
loss of hearing in patients
suffering from this condition.

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Research has revealed that in a case of sensorineural hearing loss, the
corti inside the cochlea becomes injured. Other cases include damage
to the tiny hairs that are specialized at detecting different types of
sounds or a problem with the inner fluids of the ear. Such damage
always leads to the sensory inability of the auditory nerves to transmit
sound signals to the brain via the auditory pathways.
Unlike conductive hearing loss, sensorineural problems do not stop at
merely lowering the intensity of sound. Instead, this loss is coupled with
low intensity with a complete distortion of the original message, so
much so that the hearer cannot determine the exact message even if it
is very loud.
Common reasons for sensorineural hearing loss are:










Toxic drugs
Aging
Trauma to the head
Intensive exposure to loud noises
Illnesses like otosclerosis or autoimmune inner ear disease
Genetic hearing impairments
Virus
Encephalitis
Meniere’s disease

Treating sensorineural hearing loss is not easy. Surgical options are not
enough to make the sensory hair work again, nor are they able to build
nerve connections to the brain. In most cases, the damage is a
permanent condition and no cure has yet been found to reverse the
neural shock received by the body.
3. Mixed Hearing Loss:
Mixed hearing loss results when the impairment can be detected as
being sensorineural, with conductive loss affecting a few parts of the
ear. Mixed hearing loss usually signals that the inner and middle ear

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have both suffered damage. In other words, the inner ear loses sensory
experience while the middle ear reduces the mechanical intensity of
sound. The result is a coupled effect of minimal sound detection.
Mixed hearing loss cases are worse than both types happening
separately; while the mechanical component can be fixed, the sensory
and neural one is permanent.
The causes of MHL combine both of those related to conductive and
sensorineural loss.
The many different types of hearing loss conditions are all classified under
these three broad categories outlined above. While there are no strict lines,
the second type is medically considered the worst of all because it results in
pain and uncomfortable feelings for the patient, not to mention that it is also
incurable. Conductive and sensorineural are both being researched
thoroughly and studied to make constant discoveries about their causes and
treatments.
Regardless of the type of hearing loss, caution must be exercised when
examining the inner ear and when determining the extent of damage done.
Since treatment options are based on this examination, audiologists
prescribe extensive treatments to be wholly and unconditionally confident
about their decision.

Can Infections Lead To Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is a result of a number of causes and illnesses. The previous
topics have highlighted a number of reasons for hearing loss that can cripple
a patient and completely devoid their body of sound. Such conditions, as
hard as they are to bear, put the patient at a high risk of other neural and
sensory diseases.
Hearing loss caused by aging is a phenomenon that is both natural and
controllable. However, unlike age-related hearing loss, other more serious

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ear conditions are severely damaging to the overall health of the brain and
the body. Some of the most commonly occurring hearing disorders are:
 Cerumen Impaction: This is the medical name for the collection of
compressed earwax. As mentioned previously, the collection of hard
earwax leads to a hearing distortion that can be fixed by cleaning it.
 Otitis Externa: Also called swimmer’s ear, this is the inflammation of
the outer and middle ear. The target of inflammation is the external
auditory canal.
 Cholesteatoma: Cholesteatoma is the collection of a mass in the
middle ear that is made up of squamous cell epithelium and lots of
cholesterol. This condition usually affects the middle ear.
 Otosclerosis: This is a type of conductive and sensorineural hearing
loss that is classified by the growth of a long bone-like structure in the
ear. This growth fixes the location of the stapes, thus preventing them
from vibrating.
 Trauma: Trauma is another type of hearing disorder that results in
severe injury.
 Infections: Many infections are not easily or directly noticeable. These
are caused by infections and misophonic bacteria that raise havoc in
the middle and inner ear.
In the next topic, the last hearing disorder that is caused by infections inside
the ear will be discussed in further detail.

Hearing Loss Caused By Infection
To make the understanding of hearing loss clearer, we discussed the many
causes of all types of hearing losses. It is important to understand that the
damage of the ear and its many components can be caused by infections
and bacteria-related issues.

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Broadly speaking, sound waves do not reach the inner ear when they are
being blocked by a hindrance in the ear canal or the eardrum. This hindrance
can be the result of numerous instances, such as the insertion of a foreign
object, a tumor, or even a serious infection.
Many times, the attack made by infectious bacteria can cause irreparable
damage to the ear and its inner structures. Infections have the power to give
a patient severe earache and might even make them extremely dizzy and
uncomfortable. In this regard, the first infection that deprives many people
of the ability to hear is called the acute OTITIS media.
The most common patients with the OTITIS infection are children. Since they
are more active and tend to play in all kinds of outdoor conditions, they are
more prone to this infection. Although such an infection in your child’s ear
may have passed without any damage many times before, repeated
occurrence is a sign of distress.

What Is OTITIS Media?
OTITIS media is a medical name for the
inflammation of the middle ear, and
acute OTITIS media is the name of the
infection that results from this condition.
Studies have shown that acute OTITIS
media is the result of a cold or allergy
when the body is being attacked by
bacteria. When these bacteria host on the
body and leave it weak or fragile, it gives
the organisms the perfect chance to
enter into the small ducts and canals
within the body.
The presence of bacteria and viruses often result in the collection of pus and
mucus, both of which accumulate behind the eardrum. In this location, pus
blocks the eustachian tube (auditory tube), hence causing a lot of swelling
and pain. In a healthy individual, the eustachian tube should remain
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collapsed so that the path to the sensitive middle ear remains closed.
However, when it fails to do so, bacteria and other germs in the nose and the
throat enter the middle ear easily.
The presence of bacteria in the ear has also been attributed to a condition
called the upper respiratory disease. Since the ear and the throat are directly
connected via the auditory tube, bacteria from the lungs can easily travel to
the eardrum. As the bacteria multiply, air is pushed out of the middle ear,
creating a vacuum-like condition that sucks in more and more bacteria from
the surrounding pathways.
Another reason why this ear infection is found mostly in children is that the
eustachian tubes in toddlers and adolescents are shorter, horizontal, and
straighter. This structural difference makes it even easier for the surrounding
bacteria to travel to the ear quickly.
In the initial and the last stages of the infection, during the time when the
pus is leaking, there is a high chance of fluid collection in the middle ear. This
fluid sometimes also finds its way to the pinna, indicating the person that
something is wrong with the inner working of the ear. Such a condition is
called OTITIS media effusion.
If not taken care of, these fluids can collect in the ear for weeks, thus causing
the infection to worsen and permanently affect the hearing ability of the
patient. As a standard, if fluids remain in the middle ear for more than three
months and hearing is impaired for six weeks at a stretch, you should get
your patient tested by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist.

How Does It Affect Hearing?
Regardless of the extent of acute OTITIS media, hear loss and impairment is
inevitable. Since the collection of fluids creates an imbalance in the ear,
conversion of sound waves into signals and then transmission of these
signals is adversely affected. Children and adults with this infection
experience a loss of hearing of about 24 decibels.

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In mathematical terms, 24 decibels is equal to a loud whisper. This means
that those affected by this ear infection cannot identify or interpret whispers.
It should be noted that the intensity and consistency of the fluids in the ear
vary from one patient to the next. If the pus and fluids are of a thicker
consistency, the 24 decibels increase to 45 decibels, thus increasing the
extent of hearing loss greatly.
In children, detecting acute OTITIS media is not easy. However, certain signs
and symptoms have been listed that help parents, guardians and doctors in
detecting the infection in children. These include:
 Misunderstanding speech
 Talking louder than normal
 Ignoring moderate sound levels and volumes
 Exhibiting a delayed development in speech
Misunderstanding of messages and hearing muffled voices can be a very
dangerous condition in a school-going child. A child that cannot process the
most basic instructions in a classroom setting will be unable to stay abreast
with academic work and expectations. At an age when mental and cognitive
development is at its peak, an acute OTITIS media infection can make the
path to learning very difficult, thus resulting only in an extremely slow and
unresponsive development and learning levels in a child that only leads to
delayed language and skill development.

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REVERSE HEARING LOSS

Treating Hearing Loss
What are my options?

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nce a patient has been diagnosed with hearing problems, the most
common solution suggested by doctors is the use of a hearing aid.
However, before a patient is advised to proceed with any kind of
treatment, it is very important for the doctor to first diagnose the exact
symptoms and root cause of the problem; the risk of further damage to
hearing is minimized and prevented. There are a number of available

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treatment options, from being medically supported by a professional to
utilizing more natural and organic cures.
Depending on the nature and extent of the problem, most of the disorders
related to hearing loss have medical cures. However, in a few cases of higher
severity, it is highly challenging to cure this ailment, especially in those
patients that are suffering from irreversible hearing disorders that may be
caused by inherited genes or by traumatic accidents. With the recent
advancements in audiology, there are now many possible treatments for
such patients. In these treatments, such patients may not be able to regain
their hearing ability completely, but they may be able to discern various
sounds to a certain extent. This advancement in hearing loss treatment is a
big leap forward for such patients; researchers are trying their best to aid
them with the most accessible treatment options.
While these cases may be severe, there are numerous ways through which
you can avoid hear loss and may even prevent it completely, especially when
you age or when you are bound to deal with occupational noise. Taking a
well-balanced diet, preferably enriched with a combination of anti-oxidation
components, is the best way to prevent hearing loss and any other associated
disorders.

Natural Hearing
Since using hearing aids can be uncomfortable and uneasy, most patients
tend to avoid their usage. Many people are actually unaware of the fact that
there are more natural ways of controlling hearing problems, and even of
preventing such problems from further damaging your ear. The best herb
recommended for prevention is Gingko Biloba, which is believed to prevent
cochlear damage and other associated disorders, along with lubrication of
the neurological functions of our bodies.
It has been observed that hearing loss may occur from head trauma or neck
damage; so, treating such distresses may result in curing hearing problems
in those patients. As mentioned before, a well-balanced diet also keeps your
hearing preserved. It is best to avoid animal fat and replace it with refined
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sources of carbohydrates. Consuming cold-water fish enriched with omega3 fatty acids regulates the blood supply of your ear in the same way that it
regulates the whole circulation system in the rest of the body. Include fresh
juices, vegetables, fruits, fiber-associated foods, seeds and herbs in your daily
diet, which are all very useful and effective in conserving your hearing. Also,
cut down on your salt intake; excessive salt in your daily diet can cause fluids
to retain inside your ear, which may consequently develop into a hearing
disorder.
The use of foods that are rich in vitamin A and E are the best way of
preserving your hearing. It will not only help in protecting your hearing, but
will also prevent you from developing any hearing disorders. Doctors may
advise their patients to utilize supplements rich in various types of vitamins
in order to protect your hearing from developing any associated problems.

Medical Treatment
There are many associated hearing disorders related to your ear, and each
type requires a different set of medication. In severe cases, surgery may be
required. For conductive hearing loss – in which the middle ear bones are
damaged – surgery is the most common medical solution offered to such
patients. For patients who might be suffering from some form of bacterial
infection in their ear or from a blockage of earwax, antibiotics are advised in
order to clear away all the bacterial growth present within the ear.
If a person is diagnosed with a case of permanent hearing loss, which is
condition commonly found in people who have aged above 80 years, then
using a hearing aid is the best available option for them. In other cases,
hearing assistance devices and associated technologies are also
recommended to patients suffering from hearing loss as a good alternative
to hearing devices.
With the advancement of hearing aid technology, a cochlear implant is
proving to be an innovative invention of helping people with a severe and
irreversible form of hearing loss. The cochlear implant may not make patients

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completely able to hear speech clearly and loudly, but it assures a miraculous
sound travel and the discerning ability to stir up in their ears.

Healing Through Nutrition
Antioxidants, such as vitamin A and E, are some of the highly recommended
food components that should be consumed for preserving and protecting
hearing abilities. They are known to neutralize the oxygen value up to the
normal limit that is required by your body. Similarly, it also helps to maintain
oxygen levels in our ear for the maintenance of good hearing abilities. The
most popular antioxidant-enriched foods are leafy vegetables, lentils, dried
beans and bananas.
 Vitamin C is found in berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupes,
cauliflowers, peppers (red, green and yellow), tomatoes, strawberries,
sweet potatoes, papayas, snow peas, grapefruits, honey dew, kale,
kiwis, mangoes, turnips, nectarines and peaches. Vitamin E is found in
sunflower seeds, spinach, pumpkins, red peppers, broccoli, carrots,
chard, mustard, turnip greens, mangoes and nuts.
 Vitamin B-12 is very important for your nerves and associated cells. It
has been observed that people who have low levels of vitamin B-12 are
more likely to develop hearing loss and other disorders as they age. In
addition, food enriched with vitamin D can help in conserving your
hearing ability and it is mostly found in food such as milk, salmon, tofu,
eggs and salami. It helps in maintaining your bone density ratio, which
can then shield you against the development of diseases like
osteoporosis.
 It is also observed that people who consume a diet that is abundant in
omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to successfully shield themselves
from losing hearing sense. These fatty acids are found in cold-water
fish and fish oil. Nutritionists may advise patients who are in danger of
developing hearing disorders to begin taking fish oil capsules in order
to overcome the symptoms and preserve their sense of hearing.

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 Food containing generous amounts of magnesium plays a vital role in
protecting your inner ear bones, especially if they are at risk of being
damaged during loud sound exposures. Magnesium is found in
bananas, artichokes, broccoli, soybeans and squash.
 It is believed that zinc has the power of protecting your hearing ability
from diseases like tinnitus, cochlear damage and other related
syndromes. Zinc is found richly in foods such as red meat, poultry,
beans, cooked oysters, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereal, dairy
products, chocolate, mushrooms, spinach and cashews.
 Selenium is abundantly found in fortified breads, tuna, Brazil nuts, beef,
poultry products and grains.
 Food rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids are watermelons,
tomatoes, tangerines, sweet potatoes, apricots, asparagus, beets,
broccoli, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, spinach, squash, pumpkins, pink
grapefruit, peaches, nectarines, kale, mangoes and green peppers.
 Other foods rich in antioxidants are beans, eggplants, prunes, onions,
alfalfa sprouts, red grapes, plums, raisins and apples.

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