The ears are a very important organ of our body that help us to communicate with others by listening to them. Sounds entering the ear are processed by the brain, which controls speech, language development, and memory. The ear also provides the brain with balanced information. Hearing is essential for everyday communication. What if one cannot hear? Hearing loss in children is of great concern. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is estimated that over 700 million people will have disabling Hearing loss. In this article, we will discuss various causes, symptoms, and methods to deal with this condition in Ayurveda.
Hearing loss can be described as complete or significant loss of hearing at the threshold of 20 dB. The children are affected by hearing loss that can be sudden or slowly increasing in hearing loss. There are many causes for this condition, the symptoms can vary and a diagnosis is made to rule out the exact cause of hearing loss.
Hearing loss is categorized into
- Conductive Hearing loss– Problem in external, middle, or both ear pathways.
- Sensorineural Hearing loss– Problem within the cochlea or neural pathway.
- Mixed Hearing loss– Includes both conductive and sensorineural Hearing loss.
Hearing loss is graded based on the severity of hearing loss
- Mild Hearing loss- Stage 1
- Moderate Hearing loss- Stage 2
- Moderate Severe Hearing loss – Stage 3
- Severe Hearing loss – Stage 4
- Profound Hearing loss – Stage 5
The severity of hearing loss increases from stage 1 to stage 5 subsequently. The treatment is based on the severity of Hearing loss in the child. The less the severity, the more chances of easy recovery are assumed.
Karnn badhirya is the term for Hearing loss in Ayurveda. It is due to the imbalance of doshas in the body. The Vata dosha along with Kapha dosha blocks the ear pathway that inhibits the sound waves entering the ear. In some children due to beej dushti, the ears are not built up properly and they cause permanent hearing loss due to the inbuilt cause of deafness. But hearing loss can be differentiated from deafness based on doshas involvement. It can be cured with various therapies such as karn pooran with medicated oil and kshar. Herbal medications are also prescribed for better relief.
Hearing loss in children can occur due to various factors
- Intrauterine factors
- Exposure to loud noise
- Damage to the inner ear
- Malformation of ear
- Earwax buildup
- Ruptured eardrum
- Certain medication’s side effects
- External trauma while playing
- Meniere’s disease
- Tumor in ear
- Accidental injuries
- Structural abnormalities
- Infectious diseases (Otitis media)
The symptoms are very common
- No response from baby on talking to him
- Feeling of heaviness, emptiness, and pressure in the ear
- Difficulty in hearing and understanding sentences
- Hearing consonants is difficult
- Pain in ear
- In case of infectious hear loss, pus or fluid discharge can be seen
- Increasing television volume too high levels
- Avoiding social interactions
- Tinnitus may be present
- Associated disbalancing
- Difficulty in learning the language
- Lacking communication and studies
Diagnosis is done to evaluate the degree of Hearing loss and the category of Hearing loss. Following are the most used methods for diagnostic purpose-
- Physical examination
- Whisper test
- Tuning fork test
- Audiometer tests
Treatment of Hearing loss depends on what diagnosis is made
- Medications according to symptoms
- Painkillers for pain
- Antibiotics for infection
- Removing wax
- Hearing aids
- Cochlear implants
Herbal remedies for hearing loss by Planet Ayurveda
Ayurveda provides a side effect free safe treatment for children with the use of certain herbal medications manufactured by Planet Ayurveda in its pharmacy. Planet Ayurveda is a GMP-certified ayurvedic company that prepares natural medicines using authentic ways. The herbal medicines prepared by the company are prescribed worldwide for the treatment of many disorders. These medicines are 100% pure without any side effects. Also while formulating these remedies, experts take care of not adding any sort of chemical. The preparation of medicines is purely based on ayurvedic principles and strictly follows government guidelines. Medicines used by our doctors along with other treatment modalities in the management of Hearing loss in children are –
1. Ashwagandha Ghan Vati
These tablets are manufactured with the standard extracts of the herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). This herb increases body strength and enhances immunity to fight against the disease. Ashwagandha is a very potent herb and has remarkable results in various diseases. It effectively maintains difficult conditions like sarcopenia. These capsules will balance tridoshas in the body and relieve symptoms of pain and irritation and improve the overall condition of the patient
Dosage – Eat 1 tablet twice a day
2. Brahmi Chyawanprash
The Brahmi chyawanprash contains several natural miraculous herbs that aid in increasing the immunity of the children that will help fight the child’s immune system against various infectious diseases. These herbs include Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Dashmoola (Roots of ten herbs), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus), Jivanti (Leptadenia reticulata), Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum), Chandan (Santalum album), Pippali (Piper longum), Choti Elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum), etc.
Dosage– Give 2 teaspoons full to your child with milk, twice daily with milk.
3. Brahmi Vati
Standard extracts of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) are used to prepare these tablets. Brahmi has been primarily used in various mental conditions to enhance memory, learning skills, and cognitive behavior of the person. Brahmi is considered as rognashni (destroys diseases), dirghayu (provides long life), and has also proved its effectiveness in cervical dystonia. It is a brain tonic (nervine tonic) and enhances nerve impulse transmission in the brain.
Dosage – Have 1 tablet two times a day with water.
4. Kumar Kalyan Ra
This is a herbal mineral ayurvedic formulation that is a mixture of herbs Kumari ras (Aloe vera juice), Shuddha parad (Purifies mercury), Abhrak bhasma (processed mics), Mukta bhasma (pearl calx), Swarna bhasma (Gold calx), Makshik bhasma (Copper calx). This medicine is specially manufactured for various health conditions of children. This medicine is taken under the guidance of an Ayurvedic doctor.
Dosage– Have 1 tablet twice daily.
This herbal formulation contains Arvinda (Nelumbo nucifera), Mansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Neelkamal (Nymphaea stellata), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Nilini (Indigofera tinctoria), Gambhari (Gmelina arborea), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Pitpapara (Fumaria parviflora), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Patola (Trichosanthes dioica), Muramansi (Selinum tenuifolium), Shyama (Ipomoea turpethum), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Draksha (Vitis vinifera), etc. This asav is indicated in all conditions of children. It manages indigestion issues, diarrhea, cough, and weakness by enhancing immunity in children. It strengthens the immune system of a child to fight against several diseases.
Dosage– Take 10-20 drops two times a day.
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