Can you afford to live in a world where you cannot fully appreciate your favorite music or the voice of your loved ones? If you answered no to this question, then you should do your best to keep hearing loss at bay. Here’s a fact that should definitely not turn a deaf ear to: the hearing of an average person starts to deteriorate in his or her 20s.
It is said that over 12 million people in the US have hearing loss. Also, statistics show that more than a third of individuals aged 65 years and above is affected as well. There are many different reasons that can be blamed for such, and some of them include your diet, lifestyle, environment and even your genes.
Hearing loss can either be primary or secondary. Primary hearing loss is brought about by an obstruction in the ear canal which prevents sound from getting into the eardrum. Earwax buildup is one of the major causes. On the other hand, secondary hearing loss is due to a problem that damages the nerves in the ear or any other structure that helps gather sound, such as hairs. One good example is constant exposure to loud noises. Injury to the ear, tumors and the long-term intake of certain medications such as aspirin and antibiotics are other usual causes of secondary hearing loss.
Fortunately, hearing loss can be avoided by taking good care of your ears as well as opting for healthy eating habits and lifestyle. If you already have some form of hearing loss, the goal is to keep the problem from progressing. Seeing an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist is one of the most important steps that you can take.
Then there are also some home remedies for hearing loss whose effectiveness is proven by so many. Here are some of the things that you may try if you wish to regain optimum hearing. Just like with any other home remedies, get the go signal of your doctor before trying any one of them.
Grab a Cup of Ginger Tea
It is said that having a cup of ginger tea on a regular basis may help in breaking down fat and mucous that have accumulated in the ears. Some people swear by the application of ginger compresses on the affected ear.
There’s one acupressure method for hearing loss that you may opt for without trouble. Fold the top part of your earlobe in such a way that it covers the opening of your ear. Using your index and middle fingers, gently tap on the folded earlobe 50 to 100 times. Do the same on the part of your head that’s exposed by the folding of your earlobe.
Go for Ginkgo Biloba
For years now, gingko biloba is being recommended by traditional healers in dealing with hearing loss. It can be taken in tea, capsule and even tincture form which you can easily purchase at a land-based or online health food store.
Let Hawthorn Berry Lend a Hand
Another herb that’s known to be very beneficial for individuals with hearing loss is hawthorn berry because it helps promote blood circulation, including in the ear area. An easy way to take advantage of it is by taking it in tea form.
Opt for Oils
There are a number of essential oils that may be employed if you wish to deal with hearing loss by means of aromatherapy. Some of them include rosemary, marjoram, ginger and black pepper. Add a few drops of any of them to carrier oil and massage on your forehead and temples. Steam inhalation involving these oils is another aromatherapy approach.
Shoo Away Stress
Being constantly stressed is something that can cause hearing loss to progress at a faster rate. That is why you should do your best in avoiding as much stressors as you can. Also, incorporate some stress-busting solutions into your daily life such as mild exercise, yoga, massage, painting and reading.
Have a Healthy Diet
Your diet should consist of foods that are rich in antioxidants, magnesium, niacin and B vitamins — all of which are good for your ears. Ditch anything that is laden with fat and sugar. Dairy is also a no-no.