Hearing Loss – Can it Be Treated Naturally?

Some Help for this Frustration Condition!

In this article, I’ll talk about the two supplements-one a herb and the other a mineral-that could help both treat and prevent hearing loss. We’re not talking about “tinnitus,” which is the condition that causes ringing in the ears. Instead, this is about losing hearing itself. The ears are amazing receptacles of sound. “Waves” of sound travel through the air and vibrate in your eardrums. The vibrations are sent to the inner ear, where there are tiny cells that actually move in response to the vibrations. It is this movement that generates an electrical signal that is sent down a nerve pathway to the brain. All of this, of course, happens instantly. Your brain translates these signals into something meaningful-music or words, for example-that have a certain volume or pitch to them. Now, there are many things that can disrupt this process and cause loss of hearing. Infections could strike the inner ear, the eardrum, the auditory nerve or even the brain, disrupting your ears’ ability to channel sound. Fluid can collect in the middle ear, or too much wax can block the outer ear. Your eardrum and hair cells can be damaged, the latter by loud noise. Some drugs, such as “quinine,” antibiotics and aspirin, may affect those hair cells. Many people experience simple age-related hearing loss. Three more causes are far more severe than the hearing loss that they might trigger: multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and stroke. For the purposes of this article, let’s focus on two hearing conditions exclusively.

Preventing Noise-induced Hearing Loss

The natural cure for stopping it before it happens is the mineral that seems to do so much for us: magnesium. People who should seriously consider taking magnesium supplements are those who are often exposed to piercing sounds. This could mean gunfire, live music or tools that are used in construction. Over the long term, loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss. This is the reason that prevention is so critical. Nobody knows exactly how the mineral works to protect the ear, but research has proved it. Nothing is as Sonavel effective as wearing devices such as headphones, but magnesium will provide an extra layer of protection. In the mid-1990s, researchers performed a two-month study on 300 military recruits who were exposed daily to loud noises.27 They used a small dose 167 milligrams (mg) of magnesium-but even this was enough to raise the level of magnesium inside cells and protect the ears from damage. Soldiers taking magnesium were less likely to get permanent hearing damage, and if damage did set in, it was less severe. Fast-forward to 2004, when a study explored the protective effects of magnesium in 20 men. Magnesium was able to provide “significant” protection against hearing damage without any side effects. Researchers here called magnesium a “novel, biological, natural agent” for noise induced hearing damage.28 They also included one note: it may help treat hearing loss, as well. Now, on that note, I have a third study to report. In it, 28 patients who had sudden, noise-induced hearing loss were given steroids, placebo or magnesium supplements. Sure enough, far more people taking the mineral had improved hearing. This study confirms that magnesium may not just prevent noise-induced hearing loss, but help treat it, too.29

Treating Sudden Hearing Loss

The cause of sudden hearing loss is unknown, but circulation is believed to be part of the problem. That theory is the reason that ginkgo biloba is considered to be a herbal treatment, as it increases the body’s circulation. In 2001, researchers gave 106 patients ginkgo at either 120 mg two times a day or 12 mg two times a day.30 All of the patients had a specific form of sudden hearing loss. The low dose of ginkgo was chosen because they thought that it would serve as placebo and have no effect at all

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