Hearing loss affects 36 million Americans according to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). One third of people over 65 have hearing loss, as do half of all people over 75. Surprisingly, 18% of Baby Boomers already experience hearing loss! In 2011, there were 75 million Baby Boomers in America. Ranging in age from 47 and 66, we are generally active, healthy adults experiencing unprecedented prosperity compared to prior generations.
The study appeared Feb. 28 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.Hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of falling, according to a new study.
Johns Hopkins researchers analyzed data from more than who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2001 to 2004. The participants had their hearing tested and answered questions about whether they had a fall in the past year.
The study found that people with a 25-decibel hearing loss (classified as mild) were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling than those with no hearing loss. Every additional 10 decibels of hearing loss meant an increased 1.4-fold risk of falling.
Dr Myles Black, a consultant ear, nose and throat (ENT) and thyroid surgeon at East Kent University Hospital, says: 'I'm concerned that GPs sometimes dismiss sudden hearing loss as ear wax or fluid from an ear infection or cold when it could be caused by a condition known as sensorineural hearing loss, which requires immediate treatment to prevent permanent hearing loss.
Obesity is associated with a higher risk for hearing loss,according to a new study in the American Journal of Medicine. Onthe other hand, greater levels of physical activity are associatedwith a lower risk for hearing loss, found researchers from Brighamand Women's Hospital. "We often think of hearing loss as aninevitable part of the aging process, but these findings provideevidence that potentially modifiable risk factors, such asmaintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active, mayhelp in the prevention of hearing loss or delay its progression,"study researcher Sharon Curhan, M.D. ...
Can acupuncture help with hearing loss?
Chinese Guangdong Provincial Second Hospital of TCM did a resaerch about acupuncture for sudden hearing loss.
Their electroacupuncture group was treated with electroacupuncture at Tinghui (GB 2), Yifeng (TE 17), Hegu (LI 4), Xiaxi (GB 43), Zhongzhu (TE 3),,,,they found that Electroacupuncture has a significant therapeutic effect on sudden hearing loss, which is better than that of the medication, and the mechanism is possibly related with regulative action on indexes of blood rheology.
Another solution: Ermen (TE 21), Tinggong (SI 19), Tinghui (GB 2), Yifeng (TE 17), Fengchi (GB 20) on the affected side, and Shangxing (GV 23), Baihui (GV 20), Sishencong (EX-HN 1), Hegu (LI 4), Waiguan (TE 5),-----Electroacupuncture plus acupoint injection is the heat therapy for sudden sensorineural deafness, and the timely intervention of acupuncture, the severity degree of the illness and the patient's age are all related to the prognosis of this disease.source:Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2009 Jul;29(7):525-8
Intravenous administration of a natural antioxidant used in Chinese medicine significantly improves the recovery of hearing after sudden deafness (SD) compared with standard therapy, the results of a Chinese study indicate."The results of this study demonstrated RA [Radix Astragali] is useful for sudden deafness, and the possible mechanism may be its antioxidant property," say Min Xiong, from Guangzhou General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command, and colleagues.
Reference:Luo RH, Zhou J, Huang YS, Xu K,Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2009 Mar;29(3):185-7
Latest research:Researchers measured the effects of acupuncture on patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is defined as a loss of 30 dB or more in 3 contiguous frequencies within three days or less. Thirty-six patients of a total of seventy-two “showed improvement” with an average gain of 24.47 dB of hearing restoration. The researchers “demonstrated that favorable prognosis was directly related to the time interval from the onset of hearing loss to the start of AT (acupuncture therapy).” For the patients that showed significant improvement, start of acupuncture treatment was within an average of 51 days from the onset of hearing loss. For the group that did not respond, the average was 167 days between onset of the illness and the beginning of acupuncture care. Variables that did not affect the outcome: vertigo, presence of hypertension, gender.
Reference:Effects and Prognostic Factors of Acupuncture Treatment for Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Kyu Seok Kim and Hae Jeong Nam. Department of Ophthalmology & Otorhinolaryngology, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. 2011.
Regenerating sensory hair cells, which produce electrical signals in response to vibrations within the inner ear, could form the basis for treating age- or trauma-related hearing loss. One way to do this could be with gene therapy that drives new sensory hair cells to grow.
The new story was based on a study that followed over 60,000 women for more than a decade and found that those reporting regular use of paracetamol or ibuprofen (defined as taking the drug two to three days per week, or more), were more at risk of reporting hearing loss in later life compared to those who took these painkillers less frequently.
For ibuprofen, the increase in risk ranged from 13% (when taken two to three days per week) to 24% (when taken on six or more days per week). The trend in paracetamol was less clear, but ranged from 8% to 21% increased risk, depending on the frequency at which the drug was taken. No link was found between the use of aspirin and hearing loss.