By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist, Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.
The other day my son mentioned, that he thinks I am beginning to speak very loudly. This scared me a little, but in that split second I realised that although I have long avoided being honest with myself, my hearing just isn’t what it has been before. Generally I feel that my hearing can be described as slightly blurred.
As a child, I often suffered from ear infections including ruptured eardrums, along with other infections. Here in my later years, I fly more than I did previously. I know nothing about flying and what significance it has in general for people. However, I know what experiences I myself have had, I have great pain when landing, and I have also experienced a ruptured eardrum that started bleeding and ended up filled with pus after a landing.
All these things have a negative affect on my hearing, and as of now I have chosen to focus on to keep my hearing as healthy and strong as possible.
Hearing is both a complicated and sensitive mechanism.
The ear is divided into the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The ear contains three senses for sound perception, diversion and sense of acceleration, where the 2 latter along with our sight have an impact on our sense of balance.
When the ear’s function is disturbed, a lot of symptoms can arise, where the most ordinary are loss of hearing, dizziness, ringing, humming and buzzing in the ears (tinnitus).
Loss of hearing are increasingly present. With age our ability to hear decreases. The causes of hearing loss are often due to changes when aging, from viral infections, bacterial infections, allergy, long-lasting and constant noise, side effects of drugs, etc. Kirchheiner writes in his book ”Alternative Aging”, that in older people hearing problems may be due to aspirin and fluorine poisoning along with vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
More than half of people over the age 50 are considered to have some form of hearing impairment, which I think is makes sense, when we take into account that in this part of the world, we are surrounded by rising noise factors, both day and night. It has become more and more normal that hearing loss slowly sets in, when we are around our twenties and thirties. Hearing loss comes creeping slowly without it actually being noticed. Aside from the traffic noise, noise from the workplace etc., have you thought about the many sources of noise from the various devices in your own home settings. An example of this could be your hair drier, located close to your ears, you just put it on full speed when your hair needs to be dried in a hurry. Blenders, coffee grinders and other kitchen appliances, frequently using headphones, also produce a lot of bother to our hearing.
Miscellaneous lawnmowers are also good noisemakers. Be aware of what noise you surround yourself with in everyday life, and use hearing protection if you work in a noisy environment.
For many of us, food is not nearly as healthy as it should be. It is filled with a lot of additives and other harmful items. When our food is filled with chemicals, a lot of junk food, etc. over a long period of time, our body’s health begins to suffer. As with other health conditions, a healthy diet plays a big role on your hearing.
If you know that you are intolerant or allergic to certain foods, then be steadfast and avoid them. They might possibly be contributing to those unpleasant, repeating ear infections and increased mucus production.
Avoid white bread and pasta. Avoid wheat products for a while as well as keeping yourself far away from sugar.
Let your muesli be with oats rather than with wheat, and for the benefits of fibre allow rye bread, perhaps mixed with spelt become a part of your daily bread intake. I myself make tasty, fresh Sunday “rolls” every week without wheat. There are many recipes available online, and there are also many cooking/baking book authors you can find inspiration from. Instead of your daily dairy products, you can find a large variety of exciting and tasty alternatives available. For example, rice milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc. If you need to use cream, there are delicious alternatives such as rice-, coconut- and soya cream which can be whipped just as easily as normal cream.
Watch out for too much fatty food rich in saturated fats.
Eat lots of pineapple, this aids in reducing inflammation. Other anti-inflammatory foods include garlic and ginger, let them be included as a daily zing to your food.
Eat plenty of fatty fish, e.g. salmon, mackerel, sardines. In your daily cooking it is good to add pumpkin seeds, linseed, sunflower seeds, chia and hemp seeds. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, and remember both lentils and various beans, eggs as well as walnuts and other nuts.
Zinc deficiency can damage hearing. Therefore, you should be pay attention to be eating oysters, crab as well as beef, which are all rich in zinc. According to Chinese medicine it is good to eat lamb and chicken. They are considered as warming food items and support kidney yang energy. There are lots of inspiration on hearing and diet on natural-treatments-for.com
Watch out with cold drinks, as too much cold food and drink can cause the contraction of the Eustachian tube.
Don’t overstuff yourself with food. Portions that are too big have an influence on your vitality, which has an influence on your hearing. Experience shows that it is better to have small and regular meals.
• As usual I recommend you supplement your diet with a good multivitamin/mineral product.
• Ensure adequate magnesium, potassium and silicon.
• Sufficient D vitamins are also important.
• Q10, 100-300 mg daily. Q10 is a strong anti-inflammatory antioxidant, which is part of the immune system and the circulation in the ears.
• Adding a B-vitamin supplement to the daily vitamin product can strengthen the entire system.
• Supplementing with vitamin C – about 3 grams daily can strengthen your immune system and help if you suffer from repeated infections.
• Vitamin A is especially good for strengthening the inner membranes. If you are pregnant, you should not be taking vitamin A in large doses.
• Zinc deficiency can often be a factor in hearing impairment. Take between 20-50 mg daily.
• Ginkgo Biloba improves blood circulation to the head, so if you have decreased blood flow to the brain and to the ear this can contribute to hearing loss, therefore a supplement with Ginkgo Biloba would be a good idea. On top of that, it may even help you have a better memory.
• B3 Niacin is sometimes recommended by some neck and hearing experts to increase blood flow to micro capillaries in the inner ear. I have no experience with it, but have read that it can be of great help in many cases.
• The amino acid N-Acetyl-Cysteine may aid in preventing hearing loss, if the hearing loss was caused by excessive noise.
• E-vitamins along with carotenoids may also have a preventive effect on hearing loss caused by noise.
• The late A. Vogel wrote about the extract that comes from the plant, Plantain. He described it as one of the best agents for the ears, and that it can amplify weak hearing. If you choose to use this agent, it is recommended to take over a long period of time.
• The product Vita Ear by New Nordic can be a really good idea if you only wish to take one product. It contains ginkgo biloba extract, French maritime pine bark extract and magnesium.
PQQ is one of the newer superstars when it comes to dietary supplements. I myself have taken good effect during the stressful period when we were moving the shop to our new location. It is a vitamin-like product that has been shown to have good efficiency for both brain and bodily functions. It acts as a co-factor in special enzymes that are involved in cellular energy function, while also acting as a powerful antioxidant. It is found in green peppers, kiwi, parsley etc. If you wish for more information about the product, I recommend doctormurray.com.
• If possible, get checked for earwax in your ears. Many people suffer from earwax, and it can seem like a miracle for your hearing, when you get your ears cleaned out. Don’t go putting earbuds, matches or any other remarkable things into the ear passage in an attempt to remove the wax.
- If you know that you are being exposed to a lot of noise, use earmuffs.
- If you know that you have a tendency to get ear infections, then use ear plugs when swimming. There can be a lot of bacteria in the water, which can contribute to infection and even loss of hearing.
• Do you feel that your hearing impairment is having an influence on your social life, then it’s time to talk with a specialist in order to find a hearing aid, that can best suit you and your needs. You could, e.g, find help on causes of age at aeldresagen.dk. There is a communication center where you can get special help.
• Pay attention, if you feel that your hearing loss may be due to tension around the neck and skull. In this case craniosacral therapy, relaxation and massage could be of great help.
• Hearing loss can also be caused by anxiety, trauma and shock. It may be good to try and work through these problems, possibly in combination with massage.
- Hearing impairment is often seen linked to damaged kidneys.
- Be aware that an infection with candida may also be a contributory cause of hearing loss. The same goes for heavy metal poisoning, usually aluminum and lead poisoning.
• Be careful not to play music too loud, this also includes sitting too close to the speakers. Beware of diverse concerts, which as a rule take place with huge volume.
• I have heard reports that acupuncture can have an effect on a hearing impairment.
• If you have deformities in your neck, then a skilled chiropractor might be of help.