Hearing Loss

What is Hearing Loss?

  • Muffling of speech and other sounds
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd
  • Trouble hearing consonants
  • 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

The Causes of Hearing Loss:

  • Aging. Degeneration of inner ear structures occurs over time.
  • Loud noise. Exposure to loud sounds can damage the cells of your inner ear. Damage can occur with long-term exposure to loud noises, or from a short blast of noise, such as from a gunshot.
  • Heredity. Your genetic makeup may make you more susceptible to ear damage from sound or deterioration from aging.
  • Occupational noises. Jobs where loud noise is a regular part of the working environment, such as farming, construction or factory work, can lead to damage inside your ear.
  • Recreational noises. Exposure to explosive noises, such as from firearms and jet engines, can cause immediate, permanent hearing loss. Other recreational activities with dangerously high noise levels include snowmobiling, motorcycling, carpentry or listening to loud music.
  • Some medications. Drugs such as the antibiotic gentamicin, sildenafil (Viagra) and certain chemotherapy drugs, can damage the inner ear. Temporary effects on your hearing — ringing in the ear (tinnitus) or hearing loss — can occur if you take very high doses of aspirin, other pain relievers, antimalarial drugs or loop diuretics.
  • Some illnesses. Diseases or illnesses that result in high fever, such as meningitis, may damage the cochlea.

The Acupuncture Treatment for Hearing Loss:

  • Same Side GB3, 8, 20, Tai Yang with Tens.
  • Opposite Side: LI1, 4, LU10, 11, SP 9,8,7 GB34 35

The Chinese Herbal Treatment for Hearing Loss:

  • For Dampness in GB Channel: Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, Huang Qi, Yin Qiao San, Quan Xie Wu Gong
  • For Kidney Qi Deficiency: Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, Huang Qi, Yin Qiao San, Zuo Gui Wan, Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan
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