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Hearing Loss

Deafness or Loss of Hearing

In general, a sudden attack of deafness or loss of hearing in a recent illness indicat s the excess
syndrome, which is caused by adverse flow of fire in the liver and ·gallbladder to ears or upward
attack of ears by exogenous pathogenic factors. A gradual attack in a protracted illness suggests
the deficiency syndrome, which is caused by deficiency of the essence and qi, unable to nourish the ears.Besides, a gradual loss of hearing in the elderly is normal, which results from deficiency of qi and essence with aging.

Hearing loss that occurs gradually as you age (presbycusis) is common. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated one-third of people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 75 and close to one-half of those older than 75 have some degree of hearing loss.

Doctors believe that heredity and chronic exposure to loud noises are the main factors that contribute to hearing loss over time. Other factors, such as earwax blockage, can prevent your ears from conducting sounds as well as they should.

Signs And Symptoms Of Hearing Loss May Include:

  • Muffling of speech and other sounds
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people
  • Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Avoidance of some social settings

How Hearing Loss Can Occur
Causes of hearing loss include:

  • Damage to the inner ear. Aging and prolonged exposure to loud noise may cause wear and tear on the hairs or nerve cells in the cochlea that send sound signals to the brain. When these hairs or nerve cells are damaged or missing, electrical signals aren't transmitted as efficiently, and hearing loss occurs. Higher pitched tones may become muffled to you. It may become difficult for you to pick out words against background noise. Heredity may make you more prone to these changes. This type of hearing loss is known as sensorineural hearing loss, which is permanent.
  • A gradual buildup of earwax. Earwax can block the ear canal and prevent conduction of sound waves. Earwax blockage is a cause of hearing loss among people of all ages. This causes conductive hearing loss, which usually can be restored with earwax removal.
  • Ear infection and abnormal bone growths or tumors. In the outer or middle ear, any of these can cause hearing loss.
  • Ruptured eardrum (tympanic membrane perforation). Loud blasts of noise, sudden changes in pressure, poking your eardrum with an object and infection can cause your eardrum to rupture and affect your hearing.


What Acupuncture Can Do ?

Auricular Acupuncture is a form of complimentary therapy in which the ear is divided into a series of ‘pressure points’ which are used to treat a number of diseases of the human body.

Many people think of acupuncture as ‘sticking needles into the body’but this is a precise form of treatment in which the ear is viewed as a ‘mini map’of the body: and each acupoint corresponds to a particular part of the body, for example the stomach. The needles used are only inserted into acupoints on the outer ear, NEVER the inner ear.

There are around 200 acupoints (acupuncture pressure points) around the outer ear.

The idea is that these needles transmit electrical signals to the brain which stimulates this into healing any number of diseases or conditions. Plus the ear is in an ideal place to enable electrical signals to travel from the ear to the brain where they can interfere with pain pathways and relieve that and any discomfort. The theory behind this is that we all have channels of energy which run through the body but if any of these become blocked (or ‘unbalanced’) then that leads to a disease or illness. What acupuncture does is to restore an even balance of energy around the body which results in good health and well being.

Proper treatment from a Chinese Medicine perspective involves finding the appropriate pattern(s) for a given person. The acupuncture points, techniques, and herbal medicines used will be focused around this pattern instead of being based on their specific condition(s) as it often is in western medicine. Properly done you are treating the root issues of the person which can then improve any number of individual health issues including those which the person may not have yet experienced (i.e. true prevention). The following list of related patterns are merely the most likely candidates, there are other causes and complicated cases may involved multiple patterns and/or complex relationships between patterns.

  • Blood Stagnation
  • Kidney Yin Deficiency
  • Liver Yin Deficiency

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