HEARING LOSS TREATMENT, Reduction

Hearing loss treatment

Treatment depends on the specific cause, as well as the extent, type and configuration of the hearing loss. Most hearing loss, that resulting from age and noise, is progressive and irreversible, and there are currently no approved or recommended treatments; management is by hearing aid. A few specific kinds of hearing loss are amenable to surgical treatment. In other cases, treatment is addressed to underlying pathologies, but any hearing loss incurred may be permanent.

Age-related hearing loss may be retrievable, according to Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD, medical director of the Tahoma Clinic in Washington.

By supplementing three patients with the bioidentical hormone aldosterone, all of the men -- who were either losing their hearing or who had lost a lot of their hearing -- were able to regain much of what hearing that had been lost.

In one case, an 87-year-old man was diagnosed with hearing loss in 1994 was found to have low aldosterone levels. After six weeks of taking aldosterone, the man visited his audiologist and found that his hearing had increased 30-50 decibels in one ear, and 20-30 in the other. His ability to discriminate words from a noisy background also increased significantly.

An animal study also suggested that the hormone aldosterone was able to restore hearing.

-This process of using bio-identical hormones to restore some hearing is actively going on at the Tahoma Clinic, which is the first and only known place in the United States that is using aldosterone to restore hearing.

Age-related hearing loss may be retrievable, according to Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD, medical director of the Tahoma Clinic in Washington.

By supplementing three patients with the bio-identical hormone aldosterone, all of the men -- who were either losing their hearing or who had lost a lot of their hearing -- were able to regain much of what had been lost.

An 87-year-old man who was diagnosed with hearing loss in 1994 was found to have low aldosterone levels. After six weeks of taking aldosterone, the man visited his audiologist and found that his hearing had increased 30-50 decibels in one ear, and 20-30 in the other. His ability to discriminate words from a noisy background also increased significantly.

The process of using bioidentical hormones to restore hearing is actively going on at the Tahoma Clinic, which is presently the first and only place in the United States that is using aldosterone to restore hearing.

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In the mid 70’s, Dr. Wright was the editor of one of the best alternative medical periodicals of that time, called Prevention Magazine. It was so influential, in fact, that as a result of one of the articles, I became inspired to actually pursue osteopathic medical training as an alternative to traditional medicine.

Dr. Wright is one of the major pioneers in helping to educate physicians about the natural medicine paradigm. It’s interesting to notice just how ingrained the conventional view on medicine and medical science really is; conventional medicine is said to be backed, and proven by science.

But the reality is that only 15 percent of all things done in current medicine have ever been proven by a controlled clinical trial. 15 percent…

This shocking fact has been repeatedly confirmed and published by such entities as the Office of Technology Assessment (a branch under a different name of the U.S. Congress), and by Duke University Research Sciences, just to name a couple of the sources.

In truth, there’s just as much scientific proof on natural medicine as there is in conventional medicine, but this fact is simply ignored and under reported because techniques such as those of Dr. Wright will not create billions of dollars for the pharmaceutical industry.

What Causes Age-Related Hearing Loss?

Age-related hearing loss is not due to “mechanical dysfunction” in your ear, but rather it’s how your brain processes information that results in reduced hearing.

it's this ability of your brain--not hearing itself--that is diminished as you age and can no longerIhear as well.

Furthermore, it's your brain's ability to provide proper feedback to your ear, by filtering out unwanted information that declines when you reach your 40s and 50s. Without this "filtering system," you’re more likely to be overcome by a mass of information (NOISE) that is difficult to sort out.

What is Aldosterone?

Aldosterone is a type of hormone that is essential to life that regulates the amounts of electrolytes in your body. It is secreted naturally by your adrenal cortex and simultaneously regulates sodium and potassium levels, helping to maintain both your blood pressure and bodily fluids.

If aldosterone levels in your body are out of sync, a variety of symptoms can result. Low levels of aldosterone have been indicated in diseases such as diabetes, as well.

If you are deficient in any nutrient, anti-oxidant, vitamin, mineral or hormone can lead to a whole host of physical dysfunctions. Which shows the importance of whole nutrition and whole health; eating a diet based on your individual nutritional type, getting proper sleep (since your body performs a wide variety of restorative functions during that time), and getting sufficient exercise.

Women who take the most common form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have been found to experience a hearing loss of 10 to 30 percent more than those who do not.

Women whose HRT included progestin (a synthetic form of progesterone) had the hearing loss usual for women up to a decade older, and showed problems both in the inner ear, and in the portions of the brain used for hearing.

How You Can Protect Yourself Against Hearing Loss

While aging is a natural part of life, it's important to realize there are many things you can do to keep your body young and healthy. It's not a quick fix and there is some effort involved, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

This reinforces other scientific findings that hearing loss may be either prevented, or greatly restored, through all natural means.

Using energy psychology tools like EFT, can also be useful if you are struggling with hearing loss.

Other studies have showed that a combination of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as magnesium, can protect your hearing.

In one animal study, a high-dose mixture of these vitamins were given to the animals an hour before exposure to a loud noise, and then taken once a day for five days thereafter. Amazingly, the animals were protected from permanent noise-induced hearing loss even after prolonged exposure to sounds as loud as a jet engine taking off at close range!

Protecting yourself from loud noises in the first place is the best prevention.

Sound is created when noise beats against the eardrum and the vibrations stimulate nerves deep inside your ear. Fine hair cells, called cilia, convert the vibrations into nerve impulses, which are transmitted to your brain.

Continued exposure to noise of 85 decibels or more will eventually destroy these fragile hair cells in your inner ear that convert sound vibrations into nerve impulses -- the basis of hearing. The volume of Ipads and portable compact disc players ranges between 91 and 121 decibels, and earphones increase the volume. The louder the noise, the quicker the hearing loss.

For instance, 100-decibel stereo headphones can cause harm in two hours, and a 120-decibel rock concert damages the ears in only 7.5 minutes. So, using an inexpensive set of ear plugs during loud noise activities is your first step to prevent damage that is not related to the physical process of aging.

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A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a strong connection between eating two or more servings of some fish per week and a decreased risk of hearing loss.

Researchers analyzed almost two decades’ of data from 65,215 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. In the study, women self-reported on their diet, as well as about hearing loss, among many other things.

In this prospective study among 65,215 US women, we observed a lower risk of hearing loss among women who consumed 2 or more servings of fish per week. Consumption of any specific type of fish (tuna, dark-meat fish, light-meat fish, or shellfish) tended to be associated with lower risk. In addition, higher intake of long-chain omega-3 (fatty acids) PUFAs was inversely associated with risk. These findings suggest that diet may be important in the pathogenesis of preventing or reducing hearing loss.

Evidence suggests regular fish consumption (1–2 servings per week) may protect against several diseases, such as coronary artery disease (40), sudden cardiac death (41), ischemic stroke (21), atrial fibrillation (42), cognitive decline (43), and dementia (44). The proposed benefits of fish intake may be attributable in large part to the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that fish provide. Finfish and shellfish are the chief dietary sources of the major long-chain omega-3 PUFAs, EPA (20:5n−3) and DHA (22:6n−3), often referred to as “marine” fatty acids. Intake is particularly essential for DHA, because it cannot be synthesized appreciably after infancy (45). DHA appears to be important during auditory neuro-development, and higher dietary intake of DHA in breast milk or supplemented formula during early infancy is associated with accelerated maturation of auditory brainstem response latencies (4647).

To read  the entire study click here  http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/100/5/1371.full