I have noticed over the past few months, maybe even for the past year, I cannot hear what the rest of the family hears. The small noises that cause other ears to perk up and take notice – mine don’t hear! It has been a bit disturbing because I am not old enough to be losing my hearing – not yet anyway! As I began researching possible causes, I learned some interesting facts!
I was amazed to find that 1 in 10 Americans suffer hearing loss! I had no idea the statistic was so high. What’s more, 8 million children in America suffer some form of hearing loss. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 12.5 percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 19 suffer from loss of hearing as a result of using ear phones turned to a high volume. Researchers at the University of Vanderbilt estimated 20 percent of Americans aged 12 to 19 suffered from hearing loss – a 5 percent increase since 1995!
There are 3 types of hearing loss:
Hearing loss is characterized by where the loss occurs in the ear and there are 3 categories.
1. Conductive. This is the result of problems in either the outer or middle ear that prevents the sound from getting to the inner ear. Sound can be faint and/or distorted. Causes include infection, fluid, wax build-up, tumors and foreign objects in the ear canal. This can be treated medically or surgically.
2. Sensorineural. This occurs when inner ear nerves become damaged and do not properly transmit their signals to the brain. Aging is the most common cause for sensorineural loss. Other causes include: noise exposure, injury, virus, stroke, high fever, diabetes, heredity. This is most commonly treated with hearing aids.
3. Mixed. Mixed hearing loss is the result of both conductive and sensorineural loss. There can be damage in the outer or middle ear and nerve damage in the inner ear or auditory nerve as well.
I knew that my hearing loss was not from using ear phones or listening to high volume music. I had suffered no ear damage, virus, stroke and as far as I know, there is nothing hereditary. So, by process of elimination, I decided the problem might be ear wax build up. After looking at commonly sold ear wax removal systems, I decided to look for a more natural alternatives. Through a friend, I was introduced to essential oils for cleaning out the wax build up.
I read several accounts of success with oil of helichrysum for hearing loss which included tinnitus. Other places claimed help through essential oils (lavenderand helichrysum) for hearing loss due to nerve damage, loud noise exposure and trauma. While I can not vouch for these claims, I can tell you what restored my hearing.
My Hearing Restored
The following mix of essential oils is soothing to irritated skin, antibacterial, anti-fungal and can help relieve sensitive ears irritated by a rash or eczema. This should not be used with a perforated eardrum. I am not a medical doctor and do not pretend to give medical advice, but I would like to share what has worked for me! I found this treatment so soothing – I enjoyed having a reason to lie down and to be honest, I did not want to get up!
Essential Oil Ear Formula
- sweet almond oil*
- eucalyptus oil*
- tea tree oil*
- mullein extract*
- echinacea oil*
- garlic oil*
- bulb syringe (the type used for baby’s noses)
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Mix equal part of the oils in a dropper bottle.
Lying on your side, put 5 – 6 drops in the ear that is up.
Continue lying down for 10 – 15 minutes. This allows the oil to soften and loosen any wax build up.
Using a bulb syringe, rinse the ear with very warm water multiple times. Any wax build up should come out with rinsing. (I sucked up water into the bulb syringe and squeezed it into my ear flushing it out.)
Repeat with other ear.
Use as necessary.
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