The Ears and Hearing
1. Herbs and Tinnitus
Dear Mr Hopking, I suffered an impact to my ear with perforation of my eardrum. I had a lot of stress and a lot of noises in my ear. You made me a herbal medicine for the tinnitus and the stress and within just 4 days the hissing noises had improved. Unbelievable! I’ve had the ear examined at ENT and the specialist says that the scar tissue that was on the ear drum has completely gone. I can’t thank you enough.
Hello Alan, I’ve taken your SoundLess Tonic for 5 months. Within one month the awful screeching noises showed definite improvement. Now, I can say, that there is absolutely no noise at all in one ear, and only minimal in the other. It does fluctuate at times but mostly the tinnitus has gone and it no longer troubles me. Soundless is a wonderful remedy! I’m still taking it on a low dose just in case! Thank you so much.
There are specific herbs in modern herbal medicine that are used for hearing loss and tinnitus. These herbs are now available here from the great herbal medicine nations of the world.
Tinnitus is a condition meaning ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it at night when you’re trying to fall asleep in a quiet room. In rare cases, the sound beats in sync with your heart.
Tinnitus is very common, affecting an estimated 50 million adults in the United States. For most people the condition is merely an annoyance. In severe cases, however, tinnitus can cause people to have difficulty concentrating and sleeping. It may eventually interfere with work and personal relationships, resulting in psychological distress. About 12 million people seek medical help for severe tinnitus every year.
Although tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss, it does not cause the loss, nor does a hearing loss cause tinnitus. In fact, some people with tinnitus experience no difficulty hearing, and in a few cases they even become so acutely sensitive to sound that they must take steps to muffle or mask external noises.
Some instances of tinnitus are caused by infections or blockages in the ear, and the tinnitus can disappear once the underlying cause is treated. Frequently, however, tinnitus continues after the underlying condition is treated. In such a case, other therapies — both conventional and alternative — may bring significant relief by either decreasing or covering up the unwanted sound.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Prolonged exposure to loud sounds is the most common cause of tinnitus. Up to 90% of people with tinnitus have some level of noise induced hearing loss. The noise causes permanent damage to the sound-sensitive cells of the cochlea, a spiral-shaped organ in the inner ear. Carpenters, pilots, rock musicians and street-repair workers are among those whose jobs put them at risk, as are people who work with chain saws, guns or other loud devices or who repeatedly listen to loud music. A single exposure to a sudden extremely loud noise can also cause tinnitus.
A variety of other conditions and illnesses can lead to tinnitus:
Blockages of the ear due to a buildup of wax, an ear infection, or rarely, a tumor of the nerve that allows us to hear (auditory nerve)
A perforated eardrum
Certain drugs — most notably aspirin, several types of antibiotics and quinine medications. In fact, tinnitus is cited as a potential side effect for about 200 prescription and nonprescription drugs.
Natural aging process can result in a deterioration of the cochlea or other parts of the ear
Meniere’s disease, which affects the inner part of the ear
Otosclerosis, a disease that results in stiffening of the small bones in the middle ear
Other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, anemia, allergies and an underactive thyroid gland
Neck or jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
Tinnitus can worsen in some people if they drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, drink caffeinated beverages or eat certain foods. For reasons not yet entirely clear to researchers, stress and fatigue seems to worsen tinnitus.
Most tinnitus comes from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. The health of these nerve endings is important for acute hearing, and injury to them brings on hearing loss and often tinnitus. If you are older, advancing age is generally accompanied by a certain amount of hearing nerve impairment and tinnitus. If you are younger, exposure to loud noise is probably the leading cause of tinnitus, and often damages hearing as well.
There are many causes for “subjective tinnitus,” the noise only you can hear. Some causes are not serious (a small plug of wax in the ear canal might cause temporary tinnitus). Tinnitus can also be a symptom of stiffening of the middle ear bones (otosclerosis).
Tinnitus may also be caused by allergy, high or low blood pressure (blood circulation problems), a tumor, diabetes, thyroid problems, injury to the head or neck, and a variety of other causes including medications such as anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, sedatives, antidepressants, and aspirin. If you take aspirin and your ears ring, talk to your doctor about dosage in relation to your size.
Treatment will be quite different in each case of tinnitus. It is important to see an otolaryngologist to investigate the cause of your tinnitus so that the best treatment can be determined.
Traditionally there are herbs that have helped to reduce the pitch and volume of tinnitis. Take our SoundLess Tonic which contains the most important herbs from around the world to help with this condition. Also remember:
The following can help lessen the severity of tinnitus:
* Avoid exposure to loud sounds and noises.
* Get your blood pressure checked. If it is high, get your herbalist’s help to control it.
* Decrease your intake of salt. Salt impairs blood circulation.
* Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea, cola, and tobacco.
* Exercise daily to improve your circulation.
* Get adequate rest and avoid fatigue.
* Stop worrying about the noise. Recognize your head noise as an annoyance and learn to ignore it as much as possible.
* A certain Oil is finding success in many who try it, due to its action on the neurones and nervous system (relaxing the auditory nerve).
Also daily take a spoon of ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus
Other ways to deal with Tinnitus
Concentration and relaxation exercises can help to control muscle groups and circulation throughout the body. The increased relaxation and circulation achieved by these exercises can reduce the intensity of tinnitus in some patients.
Masking. Tinnitus is usually more bothersome in quiet surroundings. A competing sound at a constant low level, such as a ticking clock or radio static (white noise), may mask the tinnitus and make it less noticeable. Products that generate white noise are also available through catalogs and specialty stores.
Hearing Aids. If you have a hearing loss, a hearing aid(s) may reduce head noise while your are wearing it and sometimes cause it to go away temporarily. It is important not to set the hearing aid at excessively loud levels, as this can worsen the tinnitus in some cases. However, a thorough trial before purchase of a hearing aid is advisable if your primary purpose is the relief of tinnitus.
Tinnitus maskers can be combined within hearing aids. They emit a competitive but pleasant sound that can distract you from head noise. Some people find that a tinnitus masker may even suppress the head noise for several hours after it is used, but this is not true for all users.
Herbactive also has a tonic for deafness – to improve hearing – using specific herbs known to help hearing loss. DeafnessLess Tonic
3. Glue Ear
Glue ear is known as CSOM – Chronic Secretory Otitis Media or OME (otitis media with effusion).
Let’s review the anatomy of the ear, in brief.
There are 3 sections of the ear:
A. the external ear that includes the canal to the ear drum (problems: blockage by wax or water)
B. the middle ear that is from the ear drum to the inner ear (it is a clear, dry area): (problems: glue ear, bacterial or viral infection with inflammation, etc)
C. the inner ear which is the cochlear (filled with fluid): (problems: tinnitus, balance, labyrinthitis, meniere’s, etc)
Glue ear is a persistant collection of fluid in the middle ear, with a corresponding inflamed swelling at the exit into the eustachian tube, preventing the draining of the collecting fluid. This fluid becomes thick , sticky, a glue-like fluid. It is quite common in children, but they grow out of it. It is quite rare in adults, but it is difficult to resolve and heal, and causes continuous impaired hearing in one of the ears, or both if both are affected. Sometimes a grommet is inserted in the ear drum which helps to drain the fluid out through the external canal of the outer ear.
The middle ear is ventilated by the eustachian tube which connects to the throat. But if the eustachian tube or middle ear becomes infected by bacteria or virus causing the open gateway between the middle ear and the eustachian tube to swell and block, resulting in inflammation and fluid being trapped in the middle ear which should be clear and dry for normal hearing. This in adults becomes chronic i.e. a long-term inflammatory issue with a frustrating loss of hearing in one ear.
Treatment of Glue Ear
Alan Hopking who has been in practice as a medical herbalist for over 35 years has developed a specific medicine to treat adult CSOM or OME commonly known as Glue Ear, using herbs that are antiinflammatory for the ear, anti-infection both against viral and bacterial for the ear, and reduce the sticky fluid to be more fluid with the purpose that with the combination of these synergistic herbs to drain the middle ear and restore hearing.
Other tonics that you may want as well