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Guest writer John O’Connor

A little editorial writing on protecting one of the five senses…

How Can I Protect My Hearing?

For many people, hearing is not something that they think about when it comes to their health. Hearing aids and cochlear implants are foreign terms for most people. However, the truth of the matter is that hearing can become a serious issue for people before they are even out of their twenties! Healthy hearing reports several signs of hearing loss. For example, having issues making out what people are saying, problems hearing the television and the phone and constantly asking people to repeat themselves may be signs that hearing is deteriorating. If you want to make sure that your hearing stays healthy, there are a number of steps that you can take.

Wear Earplugs

Most people only think of earplugs when they are sleeping next to someone who snores, but the truth of the matter is that earplugs can get a lot more use in your life. If you work in a loud place with a lot of ambient noise, earplugs can help you keep your hearing healthy. Do not assume that there is only one type of earplug. Earplugs can be rated for everything from very light noise to jet engines! Find the earplugs that best suit your situation and where them whenever there is going to be a lot of noise present.

Clean Your Ears Appropriately

Q-tips are made to be used on ears, but most people do not use them the right way. For example, while you can use the Q-tip to clean the whorls of your outer ear, you’ll find that you should not simply push the Q-tip into your ear. Pushing a Q-tip into your ear can do significant damage to your ear canal and your eardrum. When you want to clean your ear, instead choose a solution that is made for the purpose from a drug store. This usually involves dribbling a small amount of liquid into your ear that will dissolve the earwax.

Go To a Hearing Center

One of the best ways to prevent hearing loss is to stay on top of your hearing as it is. Every year, head to a hearing center to have your sense of hearing tested. This takes very little time, and it can help you stop a small issue from becoming a big issue!

Turn It Down

The next time you turn on your media player, take a moment and consider how loud you need it to be. Plenty of people discover that they have been listening to things a lot louder than they need to be. Take a moment to consider your own music. One way that music gets turned up so high is because a quiet song comes and then, after the volume is raised, it is never lowered. Take a conscious interest in what you are doing with the volume button.

When you want to make sure that your hearing stays in good shape, take a few moments to learn more about what you can do. There are several easy things that will keep you and your hearing in much better shape.

About: John O’Connor – Over the past few years I have become more and more interested in hearing loss.  My father and grandfathers are affected by hearing loss.  I feel that there is a general lack of understanding around the issue and it is our job to spread awareness when we can.

For more on John O’Connor “a new blogger”, please visit @ bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com

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Natural Remedies for tinnitus

Hearing loss is a condition that occurs when the transmission of sound waves to your brain becomes impaired. This condition affects more than 23 million people in the United States, according to Dr. James Balch and Phyllis Balch, authors of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.” This condition may be caused by exposure to loud noises, high fever, nerve damage, infection, drugs or smoking. The Balches and other herbal medicine advocates believe that certain herbs may help prevent or reduce the progression of hearing loss.

#1 Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one method of curing or improving tinnitus from home. It is most effective when the condition relates to allergies or similar problems, but it can improve the ringing in most individuals. Try mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with eight ounces of water. For those that do not like the taste, add one tablespoon of honey to make it easier to drink. Never take the vinegar without diluting it first because it might cause nausea when taken directly.

#2 Fresh Pineapple

Pineapple is a fruit that helps clear up inflammation, which helps tinnitus related to inflammation in the ears. For pineapple to work effectively, eat the fruit often.

#3 Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatments are sometimes also effective. The effectiveness varies on the individual and the cause of the ringing, but this method when performed by an appropriate professional often either cures or lessens the symptoms.

#4 Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is one of the natural home remedies for tinnitus that many individuals have used as a cure for the ringing. Ginkgo has the effect of improving blood circulation to the ear, which in turn helps eliminate or lessen the ringing sounds. It is most effective against ringing that is related to the blood or circulation, but it helps in other cases as well. The appropriate dosage varies for each individual, so discuss dosage with your doctor before taking ginkgo.

#5 Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is a type of antioxidant that can also be used as one of the natural remedies for the condition. This powerful antioxidant helps improve blood circulation throughout the body and improves the body’s immunity. Whether the ringing comes from sickness, allergies or poor circulation to the ears, coenzyme Q10 will help. Take about 300 mg of the antioxidant unless your doctor suggests a different dosage.

#6 Blackstrap Molasses

Another remedy is blackstrap molasses. Take one tablespoon of the unsulfured molasses in the morning and a second tablespoon at night. The end result is more energy and improved iron counts. This particular home remedy is best for ringing that relates to anemia or low energy.

#7 Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is sometimes effective and sometimes not. Cypress, lemon, rosemary or rose oils are the most effective against tinnitus symptoms, particularly those related to circulation problems. Put the oil in a vaporizer or an aromatherapy diffuser to put the scent into the air.

#8 Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is an herbal option that is effective against tinnitus relating to nerve damage. Taking a black cohosh supplement or taking the herb directly can sometimes help, particularly when taken at the same time as ginkgo. Always discuss the appropriate dosage with a doctor before taking black cohosh.

#9 Dietary Changes

For some individuals, a diet high in salt, sugar or processed foods can make the ringing worse. By changing a diet to more natural, healthy food choices the noise might lessen or diminish completely.

#10 Improve Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, while technically a condition with few signs or symptoms, might contribute to tinnitus in some people. Lowering blood pressure to healthy levels will often help minimize or cure the condition.

# 11 Echinacea

# 12 Ginger

Ginger is an herb commonly used in Indian curries and Asian stir fry dishes. However, it may also have medicinal uses, according to Castleman. Ancient Chinese physicians recommended ginger as a remedy for colds and influenza. This herb is a natural antibiotic, and may help prevent infections that can cause damage to your inner ear, and to the nerves responsible for relaying sound waves to your brain. Talk to your doctor before using ginger for hearing loss. Although side effects are rare, this herb may cause stomach upset.

 

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