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What did you say?” Is probably the sentence I use most in the store right now. I recently went to get my driver’s license renewed and told the doctor about my hearing. She conducted a very thorough hearing test and even though I had a slight reduction on a few notes, did she not think that there was any need for further examinations. I was obviously very relieved to learn that my slight hearing reduction, caused by my advancing age, was not the reason why I had to ask all my customers “what are you saying?”, when they are across from me in the store. We all use masks, both my customers and I, and with all the different accents and languages, which is fortunately still represented here on the coast, would I say that the masks bear a large part of the responsibility of why it is so hard to hear what people are saying. I personally feel that the masks work as a kind of container, which holds our fear. I hope that all of us can get rid of the fear soon, so that the masks can become a closed chapter. We should of course abide by the decisions made by the government and pray that it will help keep down the infection pressure.
Whether we are wearing masks or not, does not change the fact that I have become very attentive to how important it is to have good hearing and it is most certainly something I will focus more on in the coming future.
There exists many reasons for hearing loss. One reason could be reduced blood circulation in the inner ear. Apart from being age related, is hearing loss often caused by otitis media, both in children and adults. I personally belong in this category, I have suffered greatly from otitis media both in my youth and in my adult life. The last time my eardrum burst, was on my way home from Mexico, where the landing in Spain became extremely painful and it suddenly said “blob” in one of my ears, where blood and other matter started to flow, but it eased up. I, of cause, got it probably treated once I got back home.
Other causes for hearing loss could be high blood pressure, different kinds of medicine, wind in the ears or being exposed to loud noises in your surroundings. It could be, for instance, because young people are listening to loud music, noise in the workplace, or in the home from blenders, washing machines, blow dryers, air condition, etc.
If you for instance listen to loud music, then a reduction in hearing would most likely not come right away, but instead start to sneak up on you.
Studies have shown that every sixth danish person have trouble with their hearing and some studies have even suggested that there might be a correlation between hearing loss and dementia, but this has yet to be proven.
You can preferably drink green tea, the tea contains a lot of good bioflavonoids. Studies have shown that the tea can prevent the death of the cells in the inner hearing, making the tea healthy for the ears.
Avoid eating too many saturated fats. It is presumed to increase to production of ear wax.
If you feel that you tend to be intolerant when it comes to certain foods, such as milk and wheat products, which can give you an increased mucus production and thereby lead to easier ear infections, then take a few months break and see if that helps your hearing.
You can instead choose breads made with different corn types, such as rye bread. You could also make some lovely oatmeal or buckwheat porridge.
There are also many interesting and well tasting alternatives when it comes to dairy products, both for children and adults, such as oat milk, rice milk, soya milk, hemp milk, almond- and hazelnut milk, etc. Most of the alternative milks also have a cream variant. My own favorite cream is an oat cream, where the people I cook for, have no idea it is not original dairy cream I have used. It is also great in a cup of coffee. If you need whip cream, then it is also easy. You can buy soya or rice whip cream in spray cans. It is easy and handy. You can also get cream which has the specific intent of being whipped into lovely foam.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. I would like to emphasize pineapple, as it is great at reducing all inflammations.
Let ginger and garlic be a part of your daily diet. They are both highly anti-inflammatory. I have personally used them to treat my ear infections, by taking a piece of garlic, dipped in oil, and stuck it into my ear. It provides both great pain relief and kills the infection. The garlic should be changed every two hours.
Make sure you get good and healthy fats and remember your flaxseed oil. Eat plenty of fatty fish, preferably two to three times a week, this could be salmon, maceral, or sardines. Studies have shown that you can reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss by 42%, if you eat fatty fish two times a week.
Pumpkin seeds are also a part of the good foods, you may want to lightly roast them. Sunflower seeds and hemp seeds are also great. The seeds are available in small packages, ready to sprinkle on your breakfast.
Your diet should contain whole-wheat products. If you are missing your pasta, because you are taking a break from wheat, then there also exists plenty of other tasty pastas. My favorite pasta is made from buck wheat, but the pasta is also available as rice, lentils, chickpeas, etc.
If you are boiling rice, then you may want to use whole-wheat rice for the added fiber. Buck wheat and quinoa can also be boiled and used as rice.
- I, of course, must start by recommending a base of a high-quality multivitamin/mineral supplement.
- Q10 auxiliary enzyme, which has been shown to counteract increasing hearing loss. The dosage can be 100 mg twice a day.
- Gingko Bilboa often helps, as it has been proven to help the micro circulation. It has shown especially helpful if you suffer from a ringing or windy sound in your ears.
- A study with 72 people with hearing problems were given either gingko biloba or a conventional remedy. The group which received gingko biloba reported less ringing in the ears and an overall betterment in their hearing.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine is an amino acid, which is gaining more and more attention. There have been studies that have shown that N-acetyl Cysteine generally helps when it comes to hearing loss. It works especially well when the hearing loss is caused by too much noise. N-Acetyl Cysteine furthermore boosts the body’s production of the important antioxidant glutathione. Research has shown that people with low levels of glutathione tend to develop hearing problems.
- Alfa Lipoic acid is another great antioxidant, that can aid against hearing reduction. Alfa Lipoic acid is both fat and water soluble. It can pierce the blood brain barrier and thereby help repair free radical damage in your brain, ears, and nervous system. It contributes, just like N-Acetyl Cysteine, by increasing the body’s level of glutathione.
- Acetyl-L Carnitine is an amino acid, which increases energy production in the mitochondria (the cell’s powerplants). As you get older you will naturally produce less and less Acetyl-L Carnitine. It has in my later years been a treasured addition to my daily dietary supplements.
- The two last mentioned supplements Alfa Lipoic acid and Acetyl-L Carnitine work well together. I remember reading an article many years ago, that the two products taken in combination, was the best anti-ageing remedy.
A study with the two products on rats, showed that the rats which received the products, not only avoided hearing reduction, but that their hearing actually improved.
- Certain vitamins and minerals have also been shown to have a positive effect.
- Vitamin-A is necessary for maintaining your hearing, so you may want to take an extra supplement of this. However, if you are pregnant, then you should be careful with extra supplements of this vitamin and consult a doctor.
- Vitamin-B is also great with hearing loss. Make sure you take a strong mixed vitamin-B pill.
- Vitamin-C can both protect and reduce damages in hearing caused by noise.
- You should also ensure that you get enough vitamin-D. The vitamin is especially important in the winter months.
- You should also remember vitamin-E. It makes the blood flow more easily and has a great importance for your circulation.
- Zinc and selenium deficiency can often be present where the hearing reduction is age related.
- Magnesium can also be beneficial in matters of hearing reduction, especially if it is caused by loud noise.
We have a very active hearing association in Denmark, if you, as danish, think you lack information, then you can visit hoereforeningen.dk and many other countries probably have something similar.
One of my favorite authors, the late Florence Scovel Shinn writes in her book Your word is you magic wand about deafness: “Deafness corresponds to strong personal will, stubbornness, and a wish not to hear certain things”. She writes an affirmation, which can be used many times a day:
“My ears are the spirit’s ears. The light of Christ now flows through my ears and dissolves all hardness and malformation.
I clearly hear the voice of intuition and obey it promptly.
I hear happy and joyful messages.”
Some of the messages we can send, could be to send light and love to our entire planet. There is a law, that light in the darkness displaces the dark.
I recently read a lovely article saying that “The heart is where the soul resides”.
We do not have to create large movements. It is natural right now to feel concern and discouragement. We are constantly flooded with information about unemployment, bankruptcies, and all kinds of adversities and it is perhaps natural to think that it all looks hopeless. If you start to feel that fear is overpowering you, then quickly change your train of thought. Breathe deeply and let the stress disappear and, in that way, create peace in both your body and mind. Think of something wonderful, the dark is always followed by light. I am certain that after these rough times, will come a period of joy.