Ears And Antibiotics Curses and Cures

We have all known for a long time now that the effects of antibiotic overuse is going to catch up with us. Well they have. Antibiotics can be found in our rivers and streams, our livestock of every kind and our personal medicines. We have used them shamelessly without any controls since they were invented. You can actually go to your local grocery today and choose your hamburger with, or without antibiotics please.

Penicillin was first discovered by a French medical student, Ernest Duchesne, in 1896, and then rediscovered by Scottish Professor Alexander Fleming, in 1928. Fleming's greatest represented fear was that penicillin would be overused. It has, and it is now our present and greatest nightmare.

Antibiotics are also known as antibacterials, they are the drugs that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. Antibiotics are used to treat all infections caused by bacteria. There is good bacteria and there is bad bacteria. The bad ones are microscopic organisms which cause illness. Before bacteria can multiply and cause bodily symptoms, your immune system can usually destroy them. But if the white blood cells fail to fight off the infection, then antibiotics use to help. But they will not anymore.

In my family, my wife has partial hearing loss or deafness due to antibiotic overuse as a child. I was given ampicillin for every cold I ever had growing up. This only served to weakened my immune system. Because colds are a virus, and viruses are not even affected by penicillin. I recently received a new bovine heart valve, which requires penicillin for the surgery to be effective. I also received a super bug along with it. Without penicillin I'd be dead at two years old from a severe pneumonia.

For the next generation it's going to get even scarier. A lot scarier. Because there might not be any bacteria fighters left. By April of 1994, The New England Journal of Medicine, shown that the increase in antibiotic resistance directly parallels the increase in antibiotic use. The more we use it the weaker it becomes.

Some people will blame the doctors who were quick with the prescription pad, while other brake those patients who only wanted a quick fix. Some will say it was antibiotic abuse in factory farms. All three contribute significantly to the crisis of penicillin no longer being effective today.

More people are contracting infections like sinusitis among adults and ear infections in children. A report by CDC's Linda F. McCaig and James M. Hughes, MD, in the Jan. 18, 1995, JAMA, or Journal of the American Medical Association, tracked antibiotic use in treating some common illnesses. The report cites nearly 6 million antibiotic prescriptions for sinusitis in 1985, and nearly 13 million in 1992. Similarly, for middle ear infections, the numbers are 15 million prescriptions in 1985, and 23.6 million in 1992.

Many treatments for ear infections, in particular, antibiotic use with surgical procedures, are often unnecessary. Almost 80 – 90% of all children with uncomplicated ear infections will recover within a week without taking antibiotics. As well, receiving antibiotics for an acute ear infection does not appear to prevent our children from getting fluid behind the ears after the infection is over. The overuse of antibiotics has led a serious problem of bacterial strains that have become resistant to common antibiotics. However, there are antibiotic drops available to put directly into the ear instead of depending on pharmaceuticals that affect the whole body.

Look at all the many diseases that are cured by antibiotics today. EVERY operation you will ever have, no matter how small, requires the use of penicillin to work. Heart operations, chemotherapy, stem cell, bone marrow transplants, right down to simple hernias. Now get in touch with the idea that penicillin as a cure, no longer works as a result of overuse by dairy and meat producers. What will you do now, die? Without the pharmaceutical companies can come up with something better, which they have not so far, you might.

There is a glimmer of hope that new research offers up. It's being done at the Rockefeller University by microbiologist Dr. Vincent Fischetti. He is developing a way to kill bacteria and prevent antibiotic resistance. Dr. Fischetti and other researchers think they have identified a weak point in the bacterial armor that can help stop treatment resistant fatal infections. This new broad range antibiotic is called Epimerox. Epimerox is currently being developed by Astex Pharmaceuticals and will take at least five years to bring to market.

Until then, we're in trouble trouble here. This puts the stress of staying healthy, at the top of your list of priorities. The priorities are always going to be the same when it comes to maintaining your good health. Sleep, exercise, good nutrition and good relationships. Because according to the CDC's top expert Dr Arjun Srinivasan, he says that the “possible end” of the era of effective antibiotics, is now a “for sure end.”

As a result of antibiotic overuse we have put ourselves in a precarious and dangerous position. Because of over abuse, something like the MRSA bacteria, Methicilin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, that used to be only found in hospitals has now been found in gyms and sports arenas everywhere for the last decade. It's also becoming untreatable. Everything is becoming resistant to penicillin. It just does not work like it use to anymore. No surprise. Bacteria have grown smarter and penicillin remains stupid in comparison.

“We're in the post-antibiotic era,” Dr. Srinivasan is quoted as saying. “There are patients for what we have no therapy, and we are literally in a position of having a patient in a bed who has an infection, something that even five years ago we could have treated, but now we can not”.

Or can we? Maybe the Western health model does not have anything for us right now, but nature and Allopathic medicine sure does. So here are some suggestions of what to do next. In case of infections these alternatives can save your life. Some can even cure you of things you did not know they could.

I have to say at the start of giving you these suggestions that it is of utmost importance that you follow the directions exactly as given. It is critically important. Especially with MMS or Hydrogen peroxide.

Another important understanding to have is knowing that when you introduce a herb to cleanse something from you, “something”, sometimes looks like headaches, fever, loose bowels and even vomiting. Your body knows what to burn off or discharge. Let it.

Some of the obvious antibiotics in nature are Myrrh and Oregono Oils. These have been used for hundreds of years for their antibiotic and antiviral value. They also have properties that will help with a host of other difficulties that can beset you.

Use caution applying the oregano oil topically. Oregano is very caustic and could cause a skin irritation if not properly diluted. To avoid skin irritation when using it, dilute 1 drop of essential oil to 3 drops of a carrier oil (almond).

A couple more are garlic and echinacea. You do not have to go to far online to find lists of all the benefits you can receive from these newly popularized products. Garlic has a broad antimicrobial spectrum which incorporates antifungals, antiparasitics and antiprotozoans, as well as antiviral attributes, all in one soft food source.

In the struggle against pathogenic bacteria, Colloidal Silver is another of the antiviral antibacterials that work great too. Ever since Hippocrates described it's antimicrobial wonders in 400 BC, many people have espoused on it's healing properties for curing many disorders. Recent studies show that it makes antibiotics a thousand times stronger than they are.

Golden Seal should be at the top of this list as a powerful medicine. The main chemical in golden seal to fight against bacteria is berberine. Berberine is also well known for preventing ecoli, lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Be warned that Golden Seal is a strong liver detoxifier, so you may get a headache when using it for infections.

Probiotics (friendly bacteria) are a wonder food when it comes to combating the side effects of penicillin. Penicillin compromises the immune system by disabling the flora and fauna of the body by killing all the bacteria. Both good and bad. Then probiotics returns it to original condition. Contemporary understanding acknowledges the power of lactobacillis, a friendly bacteria found in our intestines that have protective qualities for our health and how important it is to have us return to our natural state.

H2O2, Otherwise known as hydrogen peroxide 3% can be used for cleaning your ears or cleaning your body when taken in small amounts. Again, go online and find out how many cures are a result of H2O2, or hydrogen peroxide.

Many of you who live in cities do not have access to the pitch of a balsam or pine tree. Too bad. Because the pitch from these trees is mother natures antiseptic for sores and cuts and open wounds. It completely inhibits infection

This last suggestion is a chemical called sodium chlorite. It's made into a product developed by Jim Humble called Miracle Mineral Supplement. It is by far the most powerful anti fungal antiviral agent available today. Use caution when using this product.

To understand how this product works I use the analogy of the arsenic cure. In order to “kill off”, or get rid of a sexually transmitted disease at the turn of the century and long before penicillin, people would ingest larger and larger amounts of arsenic into them each day until the arsenic could “kill off” the disease . In some cases it killed the host.

MMS or Miracle Mineral Supplement acts in a similar way, except it does not kill the host. It is one of those remedies that I continue to hear personal anecdotes from people around the world who have overcome many different diseases by using this product. It can even cure anthrax poisoning and malaria. Be careful how you use it.

There is the lineup of the best products known to assist you in dealing with bacteria of every kind. There are other products out there to help you also. As every person is different, if one remedy does not work, then try another until you find the one that does work for you.

We understand that penicillin has been overused and is now a problem. It is important to question every penicillin or penicillin by product given you, and find out the alternatives first. Do not purchase animal foods that obviously have penicillin in them. They weakened the immune system. If you do, cook the meat until well done. Get proactive about using food products in you diet that strengthens your immune system, so that you do not need to depend on a drug that will be no longer effective. Because tomorrow, only the strong will survive.

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Can Your Hearing Be Instantly Cut In Half?

If you do not think this can happen to you, then guess again. It already has!

The ambient noise a city produces has gone up thirty three percent in the last fifty years. That's huge! Do you hear 33% more noise? Of course not. But why not? It's because the noise that you no longer hear, is now what's causing you to become hard of hearing. And you do not even know that it's happening until it's far too late. Here's how it works.

A friend of mine shared this anecdote that best describes how this phenomenon happens. He was from a quiet small town on the west coast and went to visit New York city. He said that everything was fine until he was halfway through the third day. He said he was walking down a street that afternoon when suddenly he could only hear half of what he had heard a moment before. He said it was like being stuck half deaf in an instant.

Just like that. Poof! Half your hearing gone.

Our central nervous system is one of the most remarkable parts of our bodies there is. After three days in NYC his nervous system said that it could only process half of the information it was being given. So it just instantly chopped half of the noise away. Just like that. Poof! Half your hearing gone. Voices muted while traffic muffled. The incoming intersection just faded away.

No, it does not send you an email first. But this does give us an understanding of how we tune out sounds from our environments. We actually keep tuning out sounds until we tune ourselves out of our own hearing.

Unfortunately you can not tune out one sound without the others.

Professionals practicing talk therapy are finding many different ways that their clients have learned to psychologically tune others out. Thereby tuning out on their own hearing as well. To some degree we all do this. Unfortunately you can not tune out one without the others. There was a recent joke about a man saying that: “My wife said that I did not listen to her any more.

We are not built to cope with the pollution we receive.

Without being aware of it we are actually turning our world off. The “China Syndrome” is a parallelism of what's affecting us here. We hear so many stories from around the world filled with such distress that we are no longer capable of coping with that kind of information. So we tune it out. We tune out hearing in just exactly the same way.

Deep therapy even changes the structure of your physical body.

This is why psychology has been a recent impact on assisting people in the return of their hearing through talk therapy. We can actually rewire ourselves using our own brains mental plasticity. It's quite regular for people to stand up physically straighter, after having “gotten something off their chests” in a psycho- therapeutic session. It's as normal as, well, as any day is normal for a therapist. Deep therapy even changes the structure of your physical body.

Your hearing can go faster than your ability to recognize it's happening.

Here's another story that most can relate to about tuning out sound. You move into a house and later that afternoon a train goes by. The noise is so deafening you can not hear the person next to you talking. The whole house shakes on it's very foundations and you question your decision about paying less for rent because of the location. Two weeks or so has gone by and one afternoon the daily train goes by. Except it's only after it's gone by that you realize you did not even notice it going by at all.

It's so noisy you can not hear your nervous system screaming for less.

Maybe it's a bus stop close to your home. Or a buildings air conditioning system whirring away next to where you work or an intersection close by with lots of noisy traffic. It all adds up to a lot of noise that your nervous system is a lot more aware of dealing with than you are. It's also clearly saying: Give me less. Lots less!

A piece of simple table napkin or paper towel could transform your life.

To find out how much you are being affected, the next time you go for a jaunt into the city, or a walk down the street, wear a small pair of light foam earplugs. Try this! They are under a dollar from your drug store. Or simply roll a small piece of table napkin and put that in your ears and see what happens next.

Notice how much softer and easier everything around you is to deal with. Notice how much quitter you are on the inside. How much more calm and relaxed you are. Especially because your nervous system is not being so overworked at having to halve the sounds it's hearing around you all the time.

Peaceful and centered. As much as you could possible want.

The entire quality of your life will have just taken a big step forward in returning to you what was inherently yours in the first place. Peacefulness. Centeredness. Lot's of it. All you could want actually. The more you enjoy that quiet place inside, the less your body has to fight the noise you did not even know it was fighting in the first place. Now you can spend some quality time really regaining your health back.

Or, you can capitalize on your new found centeredness by doing more things that enrich that quality of your being. There is no end to it really. Maybe jogging gives you back more of that feeling of centeredness. Or daily stretching, like Yoga. Sitting down and meditating is the easiest and most enjoyable pastime in the world once you get the knock of it. Then some diet changes come along that you now discover yourself embracing.

Have a longer and healthier life just because.

Starting by simply removing the unwanted stress to your ears with some tissue paper, you can now begin the journey of transforming your whole life. Go for it! Life is really your oyster.


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Weight Gain Equals Hearing Loss

A flurry of recent articles on how weight gain “may” have something to do with hearing loss are inaccurate. Studies from years ago have absolutely proven that hypothesis time and time again. So why are so many writers saying “maybe” or “might be,” or “may have” or “could have been”? When the facts of all the clinical double blind trials are so conclusive?

For years now our subjective ability to determine our own personal truths has been completely eroded and undermined by lawyers and the TV media. Take for example the story of a man beheaded on a Greyhound bus in Canada.

The man who sat beside the victim on that fateful day was being interviewed by a news crew that had just arrived on site. He was saying to the newsy that “he just saw the whole decapitation happen”. When a lawyer disrespectfully rushed onto the camera set, and emphatically said that he was only “allegedly” decapitated.

The young man being interviewed had a good sense of self esteem when he swung back to the camera with a grin and clearly retorted straight away saying: “There was nothing wrong about it, he cut off his whole head. ” There was a proud young man standing in his truth of his experience. There was also a lawyer looking for a plea deal to get his client off. Guess who won.

If you're still wondering, it was the lawyer who won. Because he said that the man only “thought” he saw a man decapitating another man's head. Everything else after that was what he could create or prove in a court of law. The young mans direct experience meant nothing in court. You know, the place where people go to find justice.

So every time you hear a Brinkley, or a Saywer or a Rather or Reasoner, or whisper other news broadcaster you choose that's using language like, “may be” or “might be” or “could have been”, you're getting the dummied down version of the whole story each and every time.

You're getting the version that has no real truth in it whatever. The cowards! You should just walk away. With this in mind, count the number of “maybe's” or “could be's” or “might have been” you hear while next listening to your favorite news broadcast show.

There were academic studies done on hearing loss and weight gain five and ten years ago. With all of their double blind experiments and safeguards, they were done exactly as every empirical scientific study needs to be done. One study was proven by Dr. Mark Downs of the Royal National Institute of The Deaf that clearly shows a direct correlation between overweight and hearing loss.

Who knew? Who knew that being overweight might have an effect on your hearing health. You did! We all already know that being overweight is the precursor to a slew of different health conditions that can cost you your life. Like diabetes and heart disease and atherosclerosis. So why not hearing loss?

Your ears are a part of your bodies circulatory system. When you shut the circulatory system of the ears down by being overweight, the whole hearing system shuts down. Do we really need another study to say what we already know within our hearts and ourselves to be true?

Do you think diabetics are more likely or less likely to suffer hearing loss? Given that one aspect of diabetes is about poor circulation, the answer is not a “maybe” or a “could be”. It's a definite, “you betcha!” Back in 2004 Dr. Kojima, overlooked by faculty physician Dr. Francis Quinn and Mathew Ryan MD. presented a study clearly showing that if your cholesterol is up, so is your hearing loss. When the weight goes down so does the hearing loss.

In 2003, Doctors Venkata, Saywer, Roberts, Straecker, Hinrich and Kakarlapudi conclusively demonstrated that weight gain in children 12 to 19 years caused increased sensorineural hearing loss, according to the Dept. of Otolarygology at Baltimore School of Medicine in Maryland. That was ten years ago!

What's interesting about that study in 2003 that it reflects a more contemporary study done in 2006 that said that hearing loss in the 12 to 19 year old age group has gone up fifteen percent. Was the hearing loss due to improper use of Mp3's and iPods as originally thought, or was it simply being overweight?

This is an emphatic appeal to your senses. To pay attention to your inner sense, or gut sense. Because we all know inherently what truth is, or is not. So the next time you hear a “maybe” or a “could be” or “want to be” or a “might be” in any form of media, run for the life of your psychological health. Run fast. We could all do with a little more exercise anyway. Because IT IS proven that exercise does reduce your chances of hearing loss. Long ago.

Not only that, but we all know that a plethora of other diseases and maladies are overt with basic exercise as well. So when someone comes along and says that “maybe” exercise can help overcome some medical difficulty, immediately ask them to justify that.

One way or another, take a stand in your truth and do not let the media or any other influence erode it. Demand better journal! Because in our world, a shovel is still a shovel, and a con is still a con. Now, is that last statement a maybe? Or a you betcha?

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Is Silica Toxic to Your Hearing Aid?

Blue Indicating Silica Beads, Cobalt Chloride, Cancer and Hearing Aids

There are many concerns by the public in general about the possibility of some food, chemical, or environmental factors that can cause us cancers. Blue silica gel indicator beads or cobalt chloride is one of the products that are considered a Class 2B carcinogen. They're used for drying out your hearing aids at night while you sleep. We all know about those little packets of beads or desiccants that come with almost everything from electronics to vitamins that help keep them dry.

Just to be clear, there are two main agencies that determine if a product is carcinogenic. They are the IARC International Association for Research on Cancer and the NTP or US National Toxicology Program. Each organization has a slightly different determination of what a Class 2B carcinogen actually is. However they both agree that cobalt 2B is probably carcinogenic, while other research clearly shows it is carcinogenic.

A carcinogen is a substance that will lead towards the development of a cancer by causing changes to your DNA or genetic blueprint. Weather inherited or due to outside exposure or environmental factors. Nature and nurture are both at work here.

Carcinogens do not cause cancer in every case. Some substances labeled as carcinogenic could have different levels of cancer causing potential. Some may only cause cancer after prolonged exposure at unsafe levels; like fumes from metals like cadmium, chromium or nickel for example. They can also have different latency periods. That means from the time of the exposure to the incidence of cancer.

Although laboratory studies alone can not always predict if a substance will cause cancers in people, all the known human carcinogens that have been thoroughly tested, have also caused cancer in lab animals. In many cases, the carcinogens are first found to cause cancer in lab animals and are then found to cause cancer in people.

The most common uses of Cobalt Chloride 2B is in a type of desiccant named Blue Indicating Silica Gel. This product is in bead form and will turn from blue to pink when fully absorbed. This is one of the most widely used indicative desiccant products and poses health risks and strong environmental issues.

There are also indicator beads available today that reflect a trend in consumers who do not want a class 2B determination. They are now using yellow or orange non toxic cobalt free silica indicating beads instead of the cobalt blue.

There are also blue cobalt 2B moisture indicating cards on the market that can tell you when a product you have contains a certain amount of water. They have three little dots on them that discern thirty, forty, or fifty percent moisture. Because of public demand, they are now also available in yellow or orange non toxic, cobalt free indicator cards.

Other uses for cobalt chloride is for making disappearing ink. The other is used for making TRUE tests. (Thin-layer Rapid Use Epicutaneous test.) A TRUE test is a patch used to determine if different allergens in the body can create a certain allergic reaction to compounds found in the body. Doctors can then advise their patients which compounds or chemicals to stay away from.

Researchers compare studies done on both animals, epidemiological (skin) samples, and studies of case histories. By combining the data from these different efforts, a scientist can make an assessment of the substances ability to be cancer causing or not.

The IARC's bottom line is that blue indicator silica beads, Cobalt Chloride Class 2B, are “possibly carcinogenic.” They are third from the top.

  • Group 1: Carcinogenic to humans
  • Group 2A: Probably carcinogenic to humans
  • Group 2B: Possibly carcinogenic to humans
  • Group 3: Unclassifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans
  • Group 4: Probably not carcinogenic to humans

However, the EPA Environmental Protection Agency places them second from the top of their list, and refer to them as “probably carcinogenic.” The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), an electronic database that contains information on the effects on human health from exposure to specific substances in the environment.

The EPA uses a rating system is similar to the one the IARC uses when describing the cancer-causing potential of a substance. Notice in their assessment, the Class 2B carcinogen is second from the top.

  • Group A: Carcinogenic to humans
  • Group B: Likely to be carcinogenic to humans
  • Group C: Suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential
  • Group D: Inadequate information to assess carcinogenic potential

Group E: Not likely to be carcinogenic to humans

The IRAC goes on to say that Cobalt chloride 2B may not only be carcinogenic to humans, it is toxic to marine life and could cause many long term ill effects on the environment. Other hazardous effects include contact the skin, eyes or lungs. It's very corrosive. Other class 2B carcinogens are arsenic and lead, along with pickled vegetables, coconut and palm oil, and as of just recently, cell phones.

The 2B classification list goes on to include anti-perspirants, baby shampoo, hot dogs and bacon, talcum powder and alcohol. Now include DDT, chloroform and gas exhaust. Throughout the whole world 3.5% of all cancer deaths are directly attributable to alcohol consumption, a class 2B product.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, a world reowned expert toxicologist and Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition said the: “Lifelong use of these type of products … clearly poses major avoidable cancer risks to the great majority of the US consumers, particularly in infants and young children . ”

This may seem like a pretty overweight topic, especially when all you came here for was read an article about cancer, hearing aids and silica gel beads. So, on a lighter note, just to keep some sense of balance here, coffee is also considered a class 2B carcinogen. But there's a catch.

There is an ongoing explanation over the health effects of coffee. There are different studies that show an increased risk of some cancers, and decreements in the risks for others. In the early nineties a study showed that drinking coffee increased your risk of bladder cancer. While another study demonstrated that more than two cups a day increases lung cancer by fourteen percent.

Yet a more recent study claims that drinking over six cups of joe a day reduces the possibility of prostate cancer by a huge sixty percent. That's incredible! Currently green coffee beans are now being used as a weight loss drug. Just ask Dr. Oz.

Suffice to say that when shopping around for a container of some silica indicator beads to dry out your hearing aids with, be careful which one you purchase. As suggested earlier, many consumers are getting smarter about these things and making wiser choices as a result. I hope this help you make that more qualified decision.

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Choosing Endoscopic Ear Surgery May Help You Get Better

With the growing technological advances and in-depth research and studies, it has become possible to conduct many surgeries in a minimally invasive fashion. An ear surgery which required the use of microscope also limited the field of vision of the surgeon. Today it has been replaced with newer techniques that allow the performing surgeon to conduct an operation quickly, with less bleed-out and less recovery time. An endoscopic ear surgery also gives patients a chance to circumvent any infections that may otherwise have been inevitable in some cases.

All About the Ear

Your ear is a delicate balance of skin tissues and bones. They are wired with nerves that connect the brain to your facial tissues and use the inner ear cavity to handle some of its functions. To understand the anatomy of the ear canal you have to understand what happens inside the ear. The external ear funnels the sound into the middle ear where the ear drum vibrates and transfers it further to the inner ear. This is where the sounds are transformed into nerve impulses which are then extremely understood by the brain. The ear can be plagued by a number of problems like ear aches, diseases and infections. Many of these problems can arise with the amount of dirt or wax collected inside the ear and that is the reason why doctors recommend cleaning the ear every once in a while.

What is Endoscopy?

An endoscope is a device that is equipped with a long thin tube and has a camera and a light to illuminate any part of the body, in this instance the ear, so that the surgery can be induced and problems eradicated. It also becomes an excellent way to remove cholesterolat using this minimally invasive technique. It is a reliably new concept and many young doctors and innovative surgeons are finding that conducting surgeries in this fashion not only reduces the instances of complications later on but the after-effects and infections are reduced drastically.

What Does the New Technique Involve?

In the endoscopic ear surgery, a keyhole entry point is involved where a small access is created to enter the deep ear recesses through which an endoscope is passed. The result is that the surgeons are now able to see more of the ear cavity to conduct the operation. The full wide view enables the surgeons to remove any foreign particles present and clear away all debris to restore your ear functions and give you a very good chance to recover faster and without any complications as well. So ensure that whichever surgeon you appoint has an acute knowledge of this process and has done it before with positive results.

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Top 25 Secrets For Buying Hearing Aids

The following are twenty five tips and secrets for buying hearing aids.

Even though each topic can be expanded upon very,

they are summarized for your ease of understanding.

Did you know that aspirin can cause hearing loss? And

that supplements can return your hearing?

Were you aware that hearing aids break down in two or three years and are considered obsolete by industry standards in five years?

Or that recent Doctoral studies have found out that hearing loss can cause dementia?

Even the number of teeth you have can determine your hearing loss!

Read on and find out more of the in's and out's and scams of the hearing aid or hearing amplified world.

-The Audiology Squeeze

For years the audiology profession has dominated the hearing aid world. Just as you needed to see an optometrist for glasses when you were a kid, you can now buy reading glasses with your milk. Some people are even using the term “ear readers” today to describe the new wave of hearing amplifiers on the market. You do not have to pay thousands for an aid anymore, just a few hundred for a good one.

-The Difference Between Aids and Amplifiers

The difference is, there is none. At least not the cheaper one's under a hundred dollars. They both basically amplify sound. All sound. Over a hundred dollars and you start making distinctions between analog aids and digital aids with different features.

-The Difference Between Analog or Digital

Analogs may be a little cheaper, but are basically a good hearing amplifier. The digital storm has changed hearing aids forever. They have a lot more features and benefits that analogs can ever hope to have.

-The Digital Scam

Because digital is so popular, a lot of companies advertise that they are selling digital aids when in fact they are selling digital programmable, or the like. Unless they say they are “100% digital”, they are not. Buyer beware!

-Rechargeable, The Journey Begins

There has been an outing of reviews that glorify the rechargeable today. Almost one of the biggest features an inexpensive aid or amplifier is it's rechargeable feature. Folks go on about how much easier it is to recharge than change (expensive) batteries. But be careful to look and see how long the batteries can be used on one recharge before you make a purchase.

-Warranties: The Buyer's Safeguard

There are not a lot of warranties or return policies out there, especially in the cheaper hearing aids section. However there are some. There are even extended warranties if you look at the mid range priced aids. It's always an advantage to have your purchase warrantied. A lot of people have received cheap hearing aids that only worked a short period (hours) then failed. Money that's just flushed away.

– “You Can not See The Hearing Aid You're Wearing” Scam

No matter what you put in your ear, it will need something for you to pull it back out with at the end of the day. People notice stuff like that. How can they not? Regardless, they do not disappear in thin air, so do not be fooled.

-The Two Biggest Reasons People Do not Buy Aids

Let's just cut to the quick. In the past, the tens of thousands of dollars in cost has been the first reason not to purchase an aid. That was the past. The next generation of aids is looking pretty good. The next big reason people do not buy aid is vanity or shame. Looking good runs the world. The old stigma about deaf people is still around.

People think they are thought of as less intelligent if they wear an aid. So much so, that it takes a person an average of seven years from diagnosis before committing to purchasing an aid for themselves. Unfortunately, the longer you wait, the harder it is to regain your hearing naturally.

-Supplements Proven To Return Hearing

There are more than a dozen natural supplements out there that are proven by Doctoral studies to assist you with returning hearing that has been lost; Alpha lipoic acid, B Complex, folic acid, all the way to Zinc. Who knew?

According to Dr. Mark Rosenberg:

“Hearing loss should be considered an important factor in healthy aging. Paying close attention to your nutritional status, B-vitamin wise, may help preserve and / or improve your hearing, memory and other cognitive functions.”

Antioxidants are your best friends forever.

-The Hearing Pill

Did you know that the US Navy spent 11 years and millions of dollars to create The Hearing Pill? The basic chemical in it is NAC. There is also a hearing loss pill that is made of natural substances. The hormone Aldosterone is a natural occurring chemical in your body and has also been shown to return hearing that has been lost, but is still in it's infancy with respect to development.

-Noise And Air Pollution Are Your New Enemies

In the last fifty years, the ambient amount of noise in cities has gone up a whooping thirty percent. According to Dr. Shapiro at UCLA, so has the amount of particulate matter in air pollution that affects your ears. Your ears are being assaulted with noise and dirt.

-Clean Your Ears

No, not with a cotton wand or Q-tip. Every Doctor in the world will say nothing in your ear bigger than your elbow. Get them done professionally, or go and see Dr. David Hill who has a lot of videos on you tube for cleaning your ears. He suggests you go to your nearest drug store and purchase one of a number of different products for professionally cleaning your own ears. Thereby possibly saving your self the cost of a new hearing aid. It's worth the wash.

-Ototoxic Drugs That Cause Hearing Loss

There are a number of over the counter drugs and pharmaceuticals that can cause hearing loss. Everything from aspirin and penicillin and vicodin are some of the culprits. A case in point is the famous radio announcer Rausch Limbaugh, who lost part of his hearing due to vicodin overuse. Others have lost it completely. It's very helpful to know what drugs are causing you hearing loss.

-One Hearing Aid Or Two

If your hearing is affected in both ears (binaural) then by all means use two. In the past economies was the largest considering for purchasing two aids. Today there's no reason not to. In fact, only using one aid will let the other one go limp or atrophy and die. So when you do get a second one, it takes the brain a lot more time, if ever, to retrain and reorient the ears hearing ability to hear again.

-Cheap Aids Can Damage Hearing

Guns do not kill, just the person pulling the trigger. Or so the adage goes. Cheap hearing aids do not cause damage, the person operating them does. Keep the sound levels down when you get a new aid. Give your brain time to reintegrate hearing sounds again. For some this may take months. Even though the advertisements are very compelling. You do not have to hear a leaf fall from fifty feet away.

-That You “Can” Improve Your Hearing loss

For many this is a totally new idea. The use of supplements, NAC, hormones and hearing pills are creating a new understanding about what you can expect from the world of science and hearing loss. It used to be, once it's lost it's gone. Not anymore!

Dementia Due to Hearing Loss, 1 in 5 over 60 gets it

More and more studies are coming foreword showing that dementia is directly affected by hearing loss. Apparent the brain tries so hard to decode sound that other areas of the brain falter. This is an accurate if however simplistic explanation. Nonetheless, Dr Frank Lin has recently proved this hypothesis at the Johns Hopkins University school of medicine.

-Hearing Can Affect Thinking

“Johns Hopkins University recently revealed the results of a new study on hearing loss and cognitive decline in the elderly. Similarly, even the number of teeth you have can determine the depth of your hearing disability.

-Hearing Aids Are Now Affordable and Available

There is not a good enough reason any longer not to get an aid when you need one. If anything, there are studies that show the longer you wait the more difficult your hearing capacity is capable of returning to a better hearing condition.

-Are You Driving Your Family Crazy?

On a more humorous note. It's not the hearing loss person who is looking for an aid these days. It's the family around them that are infinitely tired of saying, yup, you guessed it. Whhhaaattt ??? Do your family a big favor and get an aid!

-iPods Can Damage Hearing

Stick those ear buds in your ears and crank up the volume like kids do today and you have a recipe for disaster. Already in one study in Australia, seventy percent of ELEMENTARY students were found to have hearing loss.

Dr. Shargorodosky says: “There's lots of information out there detailing the negative effects of using MP3s and iPods.” Dr. Josef Shargorodsky is an Otolaryngologist (ear doctor) from Harvard Medical School who shows us in the prestigious Journal of American Medicine that loss of hearing in young people 12 to 19 years has risen five percent in just the last twenty years alone. ”

-Higher tones Are The First To Go

All of our hearing is affected by age. By the time we're thirty we have already lost some of the higher tones. Cell phone manufacturers have capitalized on this with the ever popular “ring tone”. The decibels are so high, anyone over thirty can not hear them. So the next time your teenager suddenly gets up to go to the washroom during dinner, chances are they're going to answer their phone. There's even sound tracks called Buzzin 'that your teenager listens to, and you hear something completely different. Scary!

-Hearing Aids Break Down in Two Years And Die In Five

There's the bad news. Especially when paying a significant price tag for a hearing aid. Think about the environment a hearing aid exists in. It's moist, warm and waxy. It's well documented that hearing aids begin to break down after only two to three years of use and are considered by manufacturing guidelines obsolete after five.

-Silica Carcinogen Scare

There are Silica beads for sale on the internet that use blue indicator beads. They are used for depositing your hearing aid into help withdraw the moisture out of them. We are all accredited to those little packets that come with electronic devices to help keep them dry. Well some Silica vendors still sell the ones with blue indicator beads in them. They are carcinogenic. Be careful! “Some of the beads may be doped with a moisture indicator, such as cobalt (II) chloride, which is toxic and (may) be carcinogenic.” Cobalt (II) chloride is deep blue when dry (anhydrous) and pink when moist (hydrated) ). ” Orange indicator silica beads in similar products though are not carcinogenic.

-Easy To Lose Harder To Find

Once you've been around the hearing aid block a time or two you'll see abundant hilarious stories around the theme of how often many people lose their hearing aids. Weather it's in you bed or out hunting, the number of times people lose their aids is amazing. Keep your eye's open. Another good reason to avoid expensive aids.

There You Have It

Twenty five important points to consider when purchasing a hearing aid.

There's a lot more there than you may have originally thought. We hope we have helped sort out some of the confusion around hearing aids.

Please use these secrets and tips to help you make a more

qualified search for your hearing aid.

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Can iPods, MP3s and Ear Buds Cause Hearing Loss?

In the 1950s people said that Rock and Roll was evil. With good reason because there are raised concerns about hearing loss in young people. This is large due to their increased use of iPod's and Mp3's and Ear Buds playing rock music at higher than acceptable volumes.

Since the 1980's, there have been many personal music instruments around like the Walkman and portable CD players. They used up their batteries long before any real hearing loss could occur. Since since MP3s, Ear Buds, and the iPod have come along, they have enough power to last for days with a capacity of thousands of songs. The real damage is occurring without you even being aware of it.

iPods can reach 110 decibels and damage your hearing in just one day!

Research from the British Medical Journal shows that ninety percent of all young people are more likely to play music at levels above one hundred decibels. One day's exposure at that rate can cause permanent hearing damage! Fifty decibels is a quiet conversation. Eighty five is a blender.

You can listen to music at a respectful level for longer periods of time and still experience some hearing loss. But five hours at a higher rate of volume can definitely create more damage to your hearing than any noisy work place. This translates into music is a greater contributor to hearing loss than all occupational deafness alone. That's huge!

Listen less often with less volume!

You need to give your ears a break. If once every hour you stopped listening to music for fifteen minutes andave your ears a rest, you stand a better chance of keeping some of your hearing. Ignore some basic ground rules about ears and hearing and you will not have any. The bottom line is listen less often with less volume.

Lots of young people enjoy the new “Mosquito Tone” ring on their phones. Adults over thirty can not hear them because the register or tone is to high to be perceived. But the kids always know that they are being hailed by a friend. There is even contemporary music called “Buzzin” that plays one audio track for the general public and another for younger people who listen to a different track altogether.

Seventy-five percent of young people already play music far too loud.

Hearing loss is not just for the elderly, it's for young people as well. Most young people do not believe that using music players will not cause them harm to their hearing. Nothing could be further from the truth except the awareness or belief that some miracle cure will help you out if they do.

Depending on the volume and the period of time spent listening, using an iPod or MP3 can lead to early hearing loss and most certainly predisposes you to suffering an increased risk of hearing loss later in life.

These are the guidelines on how much exposure to sound and for what length of time spent listening each day, that should not be exceeded. Whenever you listen to music at a level of three decibels higher, you need to remember that listening for half as long is producing the same degree of hearing loss.

An MP3 at 110 decibels is the same as a plane taking off right next you!

This is alarming when you consider that most players are listened to at around a hundred and ten decibels. Equal to a plane taking off right beside you.

Here are the numbers:

90 dB (decibels) for 8 hours, 92 dB for 6 hrs, 95 dB for 4 hrs, 97 dB for 3 hrs. 100 dB for 2 hrs. 105 dB for 1 hr. 110 dB for 30 minutes and 115 dB for only15 minutes duration before damage begins.

Thousands already are suffering hearing loss, should you?

There are many people already that are suffering severe permanent hearing loss from using personal music players of all kinds. iPod's can produce a sound level of 110 decibels. What chance do your unprotected ears have against that?

Just to get another idea of ​​what a decibel is, here are a few stats;

The sound of a person breathing is ten decibels.

Whispering is twenty.

Fifty decibels is a normal quiet conversation.

Eighty is heavy traffic, horn honking, etc.

Ninety to one hundred is your lawn mower or chainsaw that can cause damage after eight hours.

One hundred and twenty to twenty five is a night club a thunder clap or a jet taking off and damage to your ears will occur in just fifteen minutes.

When you wake in the morning and your hearing is gone, it's gone!

Please keep in mind that hearing loss is called a “Sneaky Pete” of disorders. You just wake up one day and everything you hear has changed. There used to be no turning back. However, now there are natural supplements and over the counter drugs that can help with hearing loss and in some cases even reverse it.

But only if you catch it early!

There are hearing surveys online that you can take that will tell you if you need to seek a sound amplifying device or a hearing aid.

The biggest problem with a hearing aid is embarrassment.

The biggest problem with using an aid is vanity. We are embarrassed to wear them and be thought of as less intelligent. A hard of hearing stigma that is still carried over from the past. With the micro circuitry available today the “completely in the canal” hearing aids can just disappear in your ear completely.

Do not turn your iPod higher than what you are trying not to hear!

Another mistake users fall prey to is adjusting your music player above the sound you are trying to drive away. For example, turning your sound above the lawn mower. The lawn mower is already to high and you are just adding to your own catastrophe by making the music higher in range than the lawnmower.

Help is out there. “Inside the ear filters” really work!

MP3's and the like can be used safely if you use “inside the ear” foam filters. The outer layer blocks the damaging background sounds so the music can then be delivered at a more comfortable lower register for your ears.

There's lots of information out there detailing the negative effects of using MP3s and iPods. Dr. Josef Shargorodsky an Otolaryngologist (ear doctor) from Harvard Medical School shows us in the Journal of American Medicine, that loss of hearing in young people 12 to 19 years has risen five percent in just the last twenty years alone.

Hearing loss does not start in the late teens, it starts in elementary school!

Australia has also published a study this year showing that the use of personal music players was directly associated with a whooping seventy percent increase in the risk of slight to mild hearing loss from a sample group of many thousands of “elementary” students.

The British Medical Journal cited in a recent editorial the reasons why this is even possible. Nearly ninety percent of young people there are using mp3's and everything else like it for hours and hours a day at top volume or 100 decibels.

One of the first symptoms of hearing loss is a disorder called tinnitis; ringing in the ears, one or both, without there being anything around that could make that noise. That ringing is also a waving banner telling your body that it is stressed and needs relief.

That ringing in your ears is like the ringing out the dead!

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ear that others can not typically hear. Usually described as a ringing, buzzing, popping, pulsating, or squealing sound. Tinnitus can range from something mild to severely impairing. Treatment could include intestinal therapy and sound programs or possibly a supplement period.

There is also evidence to be found relating to the amount of particulate matter in the air that is destroying the cilia (tiny hairs) in the inner ear. Dr. Nina Shapiro an Oncologist at UCLA says that air pollution is now factored into our understanding of our growing hearing loss problems. The air in our cities now carries three times the particulate matter in it than it did fifty years ago.

The pollution in the air is three times worse than 50 years ago!

Obviously the people who manufacture the music players need to be responsible in warning everyone of the risks of listening to music played to loudly. As well the user is also responsible for playing music at a safe and acceptable level for ear protection. Using filtered ear phones can also help reduce music to safe levels. Given that you only use them for short periods of the day.

Put up “Sound Limit” signs, just like cars use “Speed ​​Limit” signs.

One healthy way to look at what we are doing to our ears is this. When cars first came out, people went for speed and crashed a lot. So they put up speed limit signs to limit the damage we did to each other. If we could only do the same thing by limiting the volume with listening devices the world and you would be further ahead.

Even more obvious is the knowledge that you now have about how to use your iPod or music listening device more responsibly. Along with a better understanding of some of the ill effects you will experience by using them.

If you have experienced hearing loss, it is important to remember before spending huge sums on an aid is that they will start needing repair after only two years and will not usually last more than five before they break down, or are considered obsolete by industry standards .

Hearing aids start to break down in two years and are obsolete after five.

You are also encouraged to learn what you can do to professionally clean your own ears and greatly improve your hearing. It sure made a difference too me. There's also a world of natural supplements out there for you to discover that are proven to help with hearing loss. Our best professional advice is to attend to your hearing needs sooner than later.


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Hearing Loss in Children – Keep Kids Healthy

Hearing loss is not just for aging and older people anymore. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine 1 in 5 Americans, age 12 and over, has a hearing loss significant enough to interfere with daily communication. Vigilance and awareness of risk factors are ways for parents to help their children maintain hearing, a most precious sense.

1. Be an effective teacher: Learn about ears and hearing

Parents are the primary teachers for their kids. In order to keep a watchful eye on children's hearing abilities and to teach them how to maintain their hearing, parents must know some basic facts. As they grow older, children – and particularly teens – become more discriminatory in what they accept or reject when it comes to information. This is why adults must to be able to make their case in a convincing way.

2. Be mindful of ear-related symptoms

If ears are red, hurt, itch, drain or ooze or if there are indications that a child might not hear well, it is time to get a professional opinion. However, unless there is also a fever parents may delay seeking advice because physicians no longer prescribe antibiotics as liberally as they once did. But are antibiotics actually needed? There are many causes for ear-related symptoms, which include among others inflammation due to earwax or foreign-body blockage, physical trauma, allergies, pressure resulting from fluid build-up, bacterial and viral infections or even middle-ear growths. This shows that diagnostic and treatment decisions are best left to pediatricians and specialists trained in ear and hearing disorders.

3. Do not ignore hearing loss symptoms

Every parent breathes a sigh of relief when a baby passes the newborn hearing tests required by state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) laws. Although such evaluations are a big step in the right direction for identifying children who are born with hearing loss, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh tell us that they are not perfect. Parents and doctors should not be rolled into a false sense of security. For reasons not well understood, children who pass the tests can be found with hearing loss or even deafness in early childhood. Are genetics at work? Is the hearing loss the result of an infection, head trauma or of an under undiagnosed condition? Were the original passing scores incorrect?

It is important for all parents to watch out for hearing-loss symptoms in their children. Early intervention is crucial for a child to develop speech, language and communication skills equal to those of their hearing peers as they enter school. Hearing loss telltale signs include: The child does not respond when called; is not started by loud sound; is more responsive when facing the speaker; shows speech and language delays; has trouble pronouncing words or learning new words; has unclear or monotonous speech; seems often socially unengaged; sits by him / herself a lot … A consult with an ear specialist and a set of diagnostic hearing tests are needed if there are any suspensions that a child might have hearing issues.

4. Turn down the volume

Excess noise is poison to the ears. It causes oxidative damage to the inner-ear hearing cells and ages them way before their time. Specialists talk about permanent noise-induced hearing loss, which affects young people and even children in increasing numbers. The sad part of the story is that noise-induced hearing loss is entirely preventable. Beware of personal entertainment gadgets as listening too long at volumes that are too loud will indeed spell trouble. Also, how loud is the home entertainment center? How about noisy toys? The sad truth is that many children have their first ear-damaging noise exposures in their own homes where they should be safe.

5. Lead by example

Children are very observant. Demonstrate responsible listening habits by paying attention to volume settings on your own MP3 players; by using ear protection when working with power tools or power machinery and by setting the record straight that “loud” does not equal fun but that it can lead to ear damage and why.

In the end Albert Einstein got it right when he stated that “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.”

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10 Reasons Why Pole Dancing Is The Best Way to Exercise

1. Feel instant results.

Pole dancing is equivalent to a gym session. It is guaranteed to make you sweat! Since pole dancing is fast paced and entertaining, it is a great way to get your cardio in. It will also help you improve balance, endurance, flexibility, posture, gain energy, and most importantly confidence. One can feel accomplished and invincible after completing a class. Burning 250 calories in a one-hour Pole Dancing session is achievable!

2. Attainable goals make it stimulating.

Reachable goals increase motivation, and give you desirable rewards. Every time you achieve a definite move, spin, or routine you know you have worked hard to get there. Acquiring something that you can see or share with friends is an impressive incentive. So, challenge yourself! Choose a new trick to master each week.

3. Combines many different types of exercises.

Pole dancing incorporates some ballet, gymnastics, aerobics, and Pilates techniques. Cardio exercise is another important component in this form of dance. Pole fitness helps expand your lung capacity, maintain a healthy heart rate while burning calories and fat. Pole dancing could be good for decompression in your spinal cord, and has less impact on your bones than weight lifting or doing push-ups.

4. FUN and exciting.

Most beginners want to continue pole dancing after the first time because of the feeling of excitation that they get after the first class. A lot of times it may not feel like you are exercising because it is so entertaining. No experience is necessary; most students have never touched a pole before! It can be achievable for everyone no matter what your fitness or dance level is. Plus, new choreography is normally added to all classes, so every time the experience is exciting and different.

5. It's addictive!

Mastering a move can easily inspire you to push harder, better, stronger to accomplish more. Not only does that make it addictive, but once you start noticing the change in your body and self-esteem it makes it all worthwhile. Once you get on the pole, you may not want to let go! That is great motivation to workout!

6. Your whole body is targeted

Pole dancing is one of those amazing workouts that targets your entire body, especially those hard to target flabby areas. Which muscles are used? All of them! Arms, shoulders, upper back, lower back, core, abdominals, obliques, glutes, quads, calves, ankles, wrists, and so on. If you take pole dancing seriously, you can work all those areas out.

7. Your body is constantly challenged

Usually instructors keep pole dancing classes different by changing and adding new moves, dance routines, and warm ups. Therefore, you are being thrown out of your comfort zone by using different routines which keeps your body guessing each week. That alone will give you faster results. Routine is the Enemy!

8. Great for Everyone

Pole fitness caters to every man or woman regardless of their age, weight, shape, height, and size. This versatility welcomes all with different passions and backgrounds to build self-esteem and learn how to dance while getting a kick butt workout. No experience in dance, sports, and aerobics is needed.

9. It's Liberating

Pole dancing can give you a sense of exhilaration when climbing up a pole, holding your own weight and flying around in circles. In a class, you are able to zone out life's daily challenges by letting loose, and that alone can bring empowerment!

10. Multi-Purpose

Believe it or not, a pole can be used in multiple ways. One way is to use it as a partner in a ballroom based dance. Another way is to use it as a dance tool to hold onto and perform tricks. Last but not least, a pole can be used as workout equipment for pull-ups and abs exercises.

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Improve Your Hearing Naturally

Deterioration of our hearing ability starts in our late teens. Recent studies in Australia show one third of elementary children already experience hearing loss. In North America one out of seven adults have hearing loss and 12.5% ​​of children 6-19 year olds who use iPods or MP3s. Most people will not do anything about it. The first reason is money. Hearing aids cost too much. The second is being too embarrassed or vain to wear a hearing device. Statistics show that only 15% of people who need hearing aids, get them.

City noise and pollution have gone up by 1/3 in the last 50 years alone.

The ambient sound in our cities has gone up a whopping one third in the last fifty years alone. Dr. Shapiro's study from UCLA shows how the particulate matter in air pollution has gone up the same amount in the same time period. This is an all out assault on the ears.

Listening devices can cause you hearing loss in just ten minutes.

It was different when we were young and the batteries for your Sony Walkman only rented a few hours. Today with iPods Mp3s and ear buds we can listen all week to thousands of songs at the same volume as a jet taking off. This is going to cause some permanent hearing damage or age related hearing loss.

Once your hearing is gone, it's gone!” … Not true!

The old adage of “once it's gone, it's gone” no longer applies. If you act quickly enough there are many things you can do to repair and return your hearing to a more natural state. If you do not act quickly, it has been proven that dementia is one possible result. It's not just the supplements that we can recommend to help you, but there are other approaches and modalities that can help as well.

Psychology, Bio-Feedback and EFT for your ears are new on the block.

For example, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and Hypnosis has shown themselves to be advantageous to returning to people to a better state of hearing. Hearing training is also held in high regard. That's retraining you ability to “hear” over again. And for some, it really works. After all, we learn to “tune” noise out. Now we have to re learn how to “tune” back in again.

As stress is a major cause of high blood pressure and imbalance, Bio Feedback and other psychological paradigms can now be considered as viable tools in the tool chest. And last but not least, especially representing the holy paradigm of healing, is good old everyday “exercise.”

Getting regular exercise is your very best friend.

You can take all the vitamins and minerals you want and they will only be partially effective. Give yourself a good exercise routine and the value of those supplements you paid highly for start paying you highly in return.

Exercising your mind by learning new things is your next best friend.

Exercising your mind by learning new things keeps the memory sharp. Staying socially connected is critically important since loneliness has been clearly shown to exacerbate the decline of your hearing and cognitive (thinking) systems.

After exercise, you are what you eat.

Dietary choices have a huge impact on your body. We are what we eat, is a qualified but formal statement. If using food for both risk prevention and slowing the progress of hearing loss are your goals, the following natural remedies will help you gain them back and greatly reduce your chances of hearing loss.

Sugar will always be your enemy!

First we have to look at the big picture and see some of the things going on that makes hearing loss possible. The first and top of the list is sugar. Carbohydrates specifically. A large recent study drew clear parallels between sugar and presbycusis or age related hearing loss. Just as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries is a result of many saturated fats that also affect your hearing loss. Sodium is another culprit that has clearly studies and shown to predispose you to hearing loss.

Harmful (ototoxic) drugs to your hearing range from aspirin to antibiotics.

Heredity and diabetes also play a significant role in the advancement of hearing loss. Vasculitis or inflammation of the blood vessels can affect the cochlea, thereby reducing its blood supply. As well as smoking, hypertension and ototoxic drugs, which include everything from aspirin to antibiotics. People have literally gone stone deaf using Vicodin.

Ear infections rate pretty high on the scale for hearing injury. Finally, there is hearing trauma. Trauma caused to your ears from loud music to machinery. To combat this assault on your ears there are many supplements available that can help your hearing and health in general.

The most common decline in hearing (and thinking) is poor nutrition.

The most common cause of hearing (and cognitive) decline in the elderly is poor nutrition. People are just not absorbing sufficient of the specific vitamins and minerals that are helpful in maintaining cognitive function and hearing.

Vitamins like B12 and Folic acid (B9), have been linked to hearing loss that was recently revealed in a study by Pennsylvania's School of Medicine and many other researchers from around the world. There are other studies in the Journal of Neurological Science and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that also agree that supplementing with B6 and B12 has clearly improved hearing.

B6, B9, B12, B smart, Take them every day.

The National University of Australia has clearly shown an improvement in short and long term memory loss and cognitive decline by taking B vitamins. Particularly B12 and B9 or Folic acid.

People over forty do not digest B vitamins like they used to.

One cause hearing declination is the inflammation of the nervous and vascular systems called homo cysteine ​​which is lowered by the use of folates or folic acid. One of the problems however is that folks over forty stop ingesting B vitamins through the stomach like they used to. Instead, use lots of leafy greens. Like spinach, asparagus, broccoli and kale.

They might not be natural but the studies show that they work!

According to Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Tanakan (pharmaceutical drug) was discovered to reduce tympanitis and improve hearing and speech in aging patients. Suggesting that everyone could increase their hearing and reduction presbycusis (age related hearing loss) with this drug. It might not be natural but the studies show that it works!

Age-related hearing loss may be retrievable. Dr. Jonathan Wright.

Another drug / hormone that is just now being put in the spotlight is Aldosterone. According to Dr. Johnathan V. Wright, the Medical Director of the Tahoma Holistic Medical Clinic in Washington and pioneer to the hearing impaired. Three people treated who were hard of hearing or who had lost all of their hearing and were treated with the bio-identical hormone Aldosterone and were able to regain most of what had been lost.

Presently Dr. Wright is the only known clinician that practices this therapy.

While on the topic of hormone's I thought you should know that women who take progesterone or HRT (hormone replacement therapy) experienced a hearing loss to 10 to 30 percent more than those women who did not.


The US Navy has spent eleven years and millions of dollars developing a pill that returns hearing called The Hearing Pill. The many researchers and doctors who discovered this unique product believed in its potential to promote hearing health and reduce the damage caused by loud noises (gunfire). As a result of thousands of hours of research invested by the Department of Defense, The Hearing Pill® was introduced to the market. You can purchase this or you can buy the basic ingredient called NAC N-acetylcysteine, 600 mg. at our web site.

Alcohol is not your friend.

You may have already experienced a night on the town and noticed your hearing is a little fuzzy as you made your way back to your car. Alcohol is one of the largest contributors to your hearing loss.

Nutrition and Deficiencies

The most widely researched and peer reviewed nutrients that have the most impact on your hearing ability are A, B6, B9 and B12, Vitamin C, Cozyme Q10, D, Folic Acid, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, NAC N-acetylcysteine ​​and Zinc .

Hearing is your nature, so try nature's remedies.

Today, there are many vitamins and minerals and hormones that you can use to change the course of your hearing decline. Research shows that the sooner you get started the better you will be able to affect those changes to your hearing.

You can find a detailed list of the vitamins, minerals and supplements we are recommending on our web site along with many general articles about hearing loss. We even include free hearing tests to help get you started.

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How To Prevent Ringing In The Ears

Tinnitus – ringing in the ears – can really be annoying. It can affect one or both ears. In several cases the ringing (hissing, thumping, whistling, crackling, etc. sounds) that the patient hears becomes so loud and powerful that it hampers concentration and hearing power. Ringing in the ears can also lead to insomnia as the constant ringing either disurbs the patient's sleep or makes it extremely difficult for them to fall sleep. Though not a serious disease or health hazard in itself, tinnitus is capable of disabling your routine life and, lead to stress and anxiety.

Temporary tinnitus often follows with time and requires little or no medical attention. It is possible to minimize tinnitus when it is a symptom of some ear infection or other diseases like breathing disorder or blood pressure related problems. However, diagnosing the exact cause of tinnitus is often a challenge. In most cases, when tinnitus is accompanied with hearing loss due to age or other factors like prolonged exposure to loud noise, it can not be cured permanently.

A person suffering from tinnitus should take some simple measures to mask the ringing noise or minimize it to negligible levels. Here are a few tried and tested techniques …

In many cases, tinnitus is triggered by an external stimulant. For example, some people experience it more when they are stressed or when there is lack of sleep; some get more of it when they hear loud noises or are fatigued; prolonged periods of inactivity or silence can also be the triggers for some. Try to find out what triggers your tinnitus and avoid those situations.

Lower (if possible, avoid) the intake of caffeine containing beverages and foods like coffee, chocolates, etc. as it might lead to a hike in your blood pressure and trigger tinnitus. Avoid alcohol as it can trigger tinnitus and make it worse by hampering the blood flow to the brain and the parts near the ear.

If you suffer from constant ringing in the ears, try to keep yourself busy and do not pay attention to the tinnitus. The more you think about it, the more bothersome it becomes. Play some kind of soothing background music at a low volume; This would help in masking the noises of tinnitus.

Exercise daily. This will improve your blood circulation and help minimize tinnitus by stimulating a healthy blood flow to the brain.

There is a high percentage of people who are affected by tinnitus. Although not completely curable, tinnitus can be preverted (or postponed, although aging can be the sole cause) by paying attention to the health of your ears and brain (it is the brain that reads the sound signals that gives rise to tinnitus).

Keep your ears clean. Excessive wax buildup can not only hamper hearing but can also lead to tinnitus. Clean your ears regularly with a cotton swab; but never insert it inside the canal of your ear. You can also use ear wax cleaners available over the cottage. Consult your physician if you have a doubt.

Avoid loud noises. If you must work or stay amid loud noises, wear good ear plugs.

Physical exercise improves blood circulation and thus helps in preventing tinnitus.

Follow a healthy routine. Take good rest and ample sleep. This will keep stress and fatigue away and then prevent tinnitus and the ringing in the ears.

Limit your intake of caffeinated drinks and alcohol. These will help keep your blood pressure healthy and so keep tinnitus away.

Any disease can be handled effectively with preventive measures and simple everyday practices that serve as a long term remedy or cure.

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Tinnitus (Ringing In The Ears) Cause And Treatments

Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is a surprisingly common condition which affects millions of people. Although it is often referred to as “Ringing in the Ears” the sound heard might not be ringing (it can be a buzzing, hissing etc.).

Sufferers hear this sound consistently though, in many cases, it may only be noticeable when in a quiet environment. Cases can vary from those where it is just irritating through to those where the life of the sufferer is severely disrupted.

There are two types of Tinnitus:

Objective Tinnitus – where the sound is real and can be heard by a doctor.

Subjective Tinnitus – where the sound does not really exist. This is the most common type representing about 90% of cases.

Objective Tinnitus can usually be treated but Subjective Tinnitus has no easy cure which has lead to a great array of treatments being marketed.

Cause Of Tinnitus

The cause of subjective Tinnitus is now understood to be the brain responding to hearing deterioration in an inappropriate way. If a person can no-longer hear certain frequencies the brain may respond by generating the perception of noise to fill the gap. This has been compared to people who have had an arm or leg amputated and still feel an aching, itching or even pain in the limit that is no longer there. Scans have shown the brain activity generating the noise but it is still not understood why this happens and why it only happens in some people.

Treatment Of Tinnitus

Sometimes Tinnitus can be cured by restoring the hearing to normal. This will be the case if the problem was caused by a build-up of ear wax or an ear infection, which can both be easily easily. However if the cause is damage to the ears through long term exposure to loud noise (or music), being too close to a very loud noise, such as an explosion or simply through aging, there is no cure.

Recent research has suggested that it is possible to reduce the volume of Tinnitus, at least temporarily, by applying an electric shock to a specific part of the brain but there is no cure on the horizon.

That does not mean there is nothing you can do. There are numerous guides which explain the condition in detail and teach you how to live with it without it taking over your life. There are also lots of herbal remedies which seem to work for some people.

There is in fact some evidence that Tinnitus can be affected by several lifestyle factors such as improved diet and more exercise and also that taking certain herbs, vitamins and supplements. However you need to be careful as certain foods, vitamins etc can make the condition worse.

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Ear Drum Anatomy, Functions and Causes of Its Rupture

The ear drum is a thin cone shaped membrane which is also known as tympanic membrane. It lies between the external ear and the middle ear. There are basically two regions in the ear drum, upper region known as the pars flaccid and the lower region known as the pars tensa. While the upper region consistors of two layers, the lower region consistors of three layers. Pars flaccid is reliably fragile compared to pars tensa which is robust and it is the region which is associated with plus perforations. Perforation of the tympanic membrane can lead to hearing loss and even cholesteratoma.

Functions of the Ear Drum

In the human anatomy of ear, the ear drum is a four inch wide cone shaped skin positioned between the middle ear and the ear canal. It is so sensitive and rigid that even a slight air pressure will move it back and forth. Its functions are similar to the diaphragm in a microphone. It gets pushed back and forth by the compressions and rarefactions of sound waves. It transmits sound to the ossicles in the middle ear and from there to the cochlea. Drum protects the inner ear from exposure to low pitch and loud noises. It dampens loud noises, masks loud pitch background sounds to enable you to focus on higher pitch noise, helps you concentrate on your hearing and also helps in carrying conversations over a noisy environment.

Causes for Ear Drum Rupture

There are many causes for the ear drum to rupture, while most of the causes could be beyond one's control, some could be mere accidents. Ear drum ruptures could be described as blast injuries, rupture as a result of conflict, air travel, sports, swimming, scuba diving, martial arts, etc. Most patients may experience short term hearing loss and ringing in the ear, but this is most likely to pass. However, a few of them may experience vertigo which is a temporary disequilibrium or slight bleeding from the ear canal. If the force of injury is intense which could be due to military situations, then it can lead to cholesterolat in which case the doctor might advise a surgery for cholesteratoma.

Protecting Your Ear Drum

The tympanic membrane is a very delicate part in the anatomy of ear drum. If ruptured, it can affect your lifestyle and your health. Therefore, it is important to be careful enough not to expose your ears to harmful conditions. Here are some ways to protect your ear drum. Avoid prolonged exposure to loud sounds. Altitude and extreme air presses can have an impact on your ears, due to which you may experience vertigo, nausea, buzzing sound, lack of clarity in what you hear, etc. Even though these are temporary, make sure to see a specialist immediately.

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Dealing With Infected Ear Piercings Pain

Some people are more susceptible to piercing infections than others. It may sometimes be just a light redness or itching of the affected area, or it might also be accompanied by drainage, swelling and pain making the situation more worrisome. We will explore some of the reasons why this happens, how to deal with it and most importantly, how to prevent it in the first place.

There are various reasons why your piercings might become infected. In the case your piercings are fairly recent, the most common reason for infection is improper post-piercing care. You really need to clean your ears at least twice a day by using a cotton ball soaked with hydrogen peroxide to gently swab the front and back of your ears around the piercing holes. Rotate your earrings often so the holes do not close around the earrings posts or hooks, making them hard and painful to remove. When your piercings heal make a point of keeping all your earrings clean with rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or a cleaning solution provided by the piercing locale.

Often jewelry stands will pierce ears for free with the purchase of a pair of earrings. Make sure the procedure is done by a professional piercer with the knowledge, proper equipment and experience. The procedure seems simple but in reality it requires training and skill. At home or Do It Yourself piercings are to be looked with reservation as they are unsanitary and may lead to uneven holes and infections.

If you took care of your piercings properly and yet after many years they still hurt or get infected there are a couple of things you could try. Change the type of earrings you usually wear. Swap heavier earrings for lighter ones such as huggie earrings or small ear studs. If that does not help at all, you might be extremely sensitive to certain metals and or plastics. Try to use another pair of earrings made of a hypoallergenic material and see if there is any improvement. Bear in mind that some earrings marked as such are not completely safe: they may still contain traces of materials that might trigger an infection, as in the case of lead, nickel or other alloys. Your best option may be buying gold earrings whenever possible. If that is out of the question, nickel free jewelry is a safe choice. What that means, however, changes from manufacturer to manufacturer and you will probably need to try a few of this pairs until you find the ones that do not give you any problems.

If none of the above tips work, as a last resort, talk to your doctor to find out if and what medications might be able to help. Your doctor might suggest taking anti-allergy medication, ibuprofen or other medications to help you cope with the symptoms. Try not to touch your ears with your hands through the day and make sure clothes, hair or other objects are not pulling your earrings down.

Trying all of this should theoretically improve or ease the pain generated by your earrings. If nothing works, remember you could wear earrings less often or find stylish clip-on earrings if you do not want to give up wearing earrings altogether.

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Competent Doctors Perform Complex Atresiaplasty and Middle Ear Surgery

The ear consists of three main parts; the inner, middle and outer ear. Although in general, its function is to hear, our inner ear helps us have a feeling of balance. The middle part, on the other hand, is a cavity that is filled with air and located behind your eardrum. This area is ventilated and drained by a passageway known as the 'Eustachian Tube.' Doctors conduct middle ear surgery to treat ailments related to this portion of the ear.

Cholesteatoma- Symptoms and Occurrence

Cholesteatoma is an unusual skin growth that appears at the back of the eardrum. It is caused due to frequent infections and also poor functioning of the Eustachian tube. Sinusitis, cold or an allergy can be the cause of the improper tube functioning. It can be seen as a sac or cyst which sheds old skin and develops inside your ear. Occasionally, the cyst will grow larger and cause damage to the adjoining fragile blocks of your middle ear. Continued growth can lead to hearing loss, paralysis of facial muscles and dizziness. Other symptoms can include ear drainage and a feeling of ear fullness. Ear surgery for cholesteratoma is performed to prevent complications. Surgery will get rid of the cholesteratum making the area infection-free. It can also reserve your hearing.

Surgeries of the Middle Ear

Your middle ear is actually an air-filled cavity that consist of the eardrum and 3 very small interconnected bones; these are the anvil, hammer and stirrup. Problems with these bones can be treated with middle ear surgery. The procedure is typically microsurgical, performed with a sophisticated operating microscope. With the help of this instrument, tiny structures inside the ear can be viewed by your doctor. There are different types of middle ear surgeries; stapedectomy is performed to restore hearing loss. A middle-ear bone is replaced with prosthesis. Tympanoplasty is another type of surgery performed for reconstructive the eardrum subsequent to complete or partial conductive loss of hearing. This is caused mainly due to persistent ear infections or non-healing perforations. Myringotomy is carried out to draw off the ear fluid, prevent infections, removal of tumors, correcting perforated eardrum and controlling middle-ear pressure. Minimally invasive surgeries are becoming very popular now.


'Atresia' means the absence of the ear canal; most patients without an external ear also suffer from Atresia. Atresiaplasty also known as ear canal surgery is a complex procedure. Earlier children born with Atresia were not operated to correct the problem. However, now with advanced medical technologies, doctors are performing Atresiaplasty but not for all children. To determine if a patient is an eligible candidate, he / she should have mastoid and middle ear pneumatization. The anatomy of ossicles is evaluated; the morphology of the patient's inner ear and the child's facial nerve are all studied by the doctor before deciding whether Atresiaplasty is necessary or not. This is because potential complications can arise with this surgery.

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