How to reverse hearing loss
The world’s a noisy place these days. Turn on the TV, and you’ll find people yelling at each other.
Turn off the TV and head outside, more yelling.
Sometimes, you wish you could just turn down the volume of everything.
Be careful what you wish for, my friend, because there’s a good chance that could happen — just not in the way you want!
New research finds that hearing loss is becoming increasingly common. Already, half of all older adults have at least some hearing loss, and that number is expected to jump to 55 percent in just three years.
In just a few decades, TWO-THIRDS of all older adults will be battling hearing loss.
In some cases, you can blame the usual suspects, such as loud music. A noisy concert from decades ago could’ve done permanent damage… and while you might not have noticed it at the time, it all catches up to you eventually.
But the main cause of hearing loss in many older folks isn’t a few long-ago concerts. It’s not even a career in a noisy place like a machine shop or construction.
It’s much more basic — and far more common — than that.
Today’s leading chronic health problems — the same ones you might be facing right now — can also cause hearing loss.
The high blood sugar levels of diabetes, for example, can slow circulation in the small blood vessels in your inner ear that play an essential role in how well you hear.
Those incredibly sensitive blood vessels can also be damaged by high blood pressure.
Even fats in the blood can gum up the works in there, slowing everything down and leading to hearing loss.
Fortunately, there are ways to turn it around. You can stop the damage and reverse hearing loss even if you’re already struggling to hear — and you can start by improving that all-important circulation in the inner ear.
That means finally getting control over blood sugar and blood pressure (with a healthy diet, not meds, as some drugs can make hearing loss worse).
For some extra help, consider supplements of ginkgo biloba and vinpocetine, which can improve the flow of blood, especially in the inner ear.
If you’ve tried all that and are still struggling with hearing loss, don’t put off getting help.
Studies show hearing loss can lead to other serious health problems, including cognitive decline and even death, so there’s a lot at stake here.
Get yourself tested, and if you flunk the tests, don’t be too proud to consider a hearing aid.
They’re smaller and less intrusive than ever, and could make a big difference in your quality of life.