People can have normal hearing their entire lives, then wake up deaf. Others can have mild hearing impairment, and then suddenly lose all the rest of their hearing.
Sudden deafness, or sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), is the rapid loss of hearing either at once or over several days. Anyone who experiences sudden deafness should go to a doctor immediately. Sometimes people think their hearing loss is due, for example, to allergies, a sinus infection or earwax plugging the ear canal — so they don’t go to the doctor right away.
To understand hearing loss it is important to understand how normal hearing takes place. There are 2 different pathways by which sound waves produce the sensation of hearing: air conduction and bone conduction. There are 2 basic types of hearing loss, which are called conductive and sensorineural. Conductive causes: Conductive hearing losses result from physical problems with the movement of the sound wave through the ear. A simple example is blockage of the ear canal. Sensorineural causes: Sensorineural causes are from damage to the hair cells or nerves that sense sound waves.
Some people choose to ignore their loss because they believe a hearing instrument can’t help their specific type of loss, although statistics show us that 9 out of 10 hearing instrument wearers report an improvement in their quality of life. Or they incorrectly believe they are too old to benefit from amplification. In fact, 95 percent of all losses can be successfully treated. And no person is ever too old to benefit from the improved communication that hearing instruments can provide.
Some people feel their hearing loss isn’t severe enough to warrant treatment. Another common belief is that they believe that seeking treatment would carry the stigma of advancing age even though 49.5% of people with hearing loss are below the retirement age. Others are simply embarrassed at the idea of wearing a hearing instrument.
Some of the common symptoms of hearing loss and deafness:
Regularly asking other people to speak more slowly and loudly
Requiring to increase the volume of the radio or TV
Muffling of speech as well as other sounds
Drawback from conversations
Difficulty in hearing consonants
Difficulty in realizing words
Garlic home remedy
For centuries, garlic has been used throughout the world not only as a food but also a medicine, being a very powerful antibiotic. Traditionally, it has been used to kill intestinal parasites, improve athlete’s foot, dissolving corns, treating periodontitis, scurvy & anemia and boost general health.
1 clove of fresh garlic minced
2 tablespoons of high quality olive oil
The fastest way to make this is to heat the olive oil in a small pan or double boiler (preferred) and add the minced garlic. Then, keep on very low heat for about 20 minutes to let the beneficial properties of the garlic infuse into the oil. At this point, strain the garlic. Let the garlic cool to just skin temperature and place about two drops in the ear. The warmth and the oil often offer fast relief. Since fresh garlic is used, I make a new batch of this mixture every 24 hours if needed rather than keeping the remaining oil, since bacteria can potentially grow from the garlic.