Hearing is one of the important abilities that helps in receiving all the sounds and many of the people having hearing impairment. This not only affects the person suffering from the loss of hearing but also people surrounding them including relatives as well as friends. As it’s one of the crucial parts that helps in communicating and speaking with others. Along with that it increases the ability of understanding and developing intelligence. One of the main nerves that helps in hearing is the vestibulocochlear nerve by sending information to the inner ear from the brain. Disturbance of the nerve can lead to a severe problem known as Sensory Neural Hearing loss and in this article we are going to discuss it in detail along with its herbal treatment.
What is Sensorineural Hearing Loss
It is the type of hearing loss which results from the disturbance in the inner organ or the 8th cranial nerve also known as the vestibulocochlear nerve. In 90 percent of the cases the patient suffers from loss of hearing which could be moderate, severe, mild, total or profound. One of the main causes behind the sensory neural hearing loss is damage caused to the cochlear hair cells. It could happen during the birth where hair cells grow abnormally or are damaged while growing up due to some incident. These causes could be ototoxic drugs, infection or genetic mutation. One of the commonly seen symptoms of SNHL is difficulty in understanding voices on the phone or some of the voices seem too loud and they find that the other person is mumbling in spite of speaking loudly. There is no proven treatment for SNHL but can be managed through a few medications.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of SNHL
As our inner ear is not capable of directly examining through the instruments so the disease can be diagnosed through the audiometric testing and clinical features. Most of the patients suffering from SNHL show symptoms like hearing loss or 90 percent show diminished hearing, 49 percent show tinnitus or also said ringing inner ear and some show vertigo like problems. Other symptoms include
▪ Muffling while conversation
▪ Trouble in having a conversation with a group of people.
▪ Difficulty in hearing the high-pitched sound
▪ Problems in balancing the body
▪ Always hearing the buzzing or ringing sound in the ear
What Causes SNHL
Here are some of the causes leading to Sensory Neural Hearing Loss and it divided into two categories including Acquired as well as Congenital
This means that this type of hearing problem might be present since the time of birth, or maybe present at later stages of life. This includes
- Loud Noise:- This is when hearing loss is induced by the loud noise like getting exposed to the noise caused by firing a gun or explosion. If you wear earrings after going to a concert then your hearing power is at risk.
- Aging:- Another most common cause for the sensory loss of hearing is growing older which is commonly known as presbycusis. Almost everyone around the age of 65 to 74 and this can typically be seen in both the ears.
- Tumors:- Some of the ones are cholesteatoma and acoustic neuroma where skin grows abnormally in the middle ear which causes hearing impairment.
- Infection:- Measles, mumps and meningitis are the common type of viral infection which can result in sensory hearing loss.
- Acoustic trauma:- This can be due to getting hit on the head or by loud voice and many of the veterans are commonly suffering from this as they are being exposed to firearms or jet engines.
It is the type where the loss of hearing is caused during the pregnancy but is very rarely seen. Some of the other common causes include maternal diabetes, premature birth, gentical problem, loss of oxygen while giving birth or some kind of infectious disease passed on to a child by mother like rubella.
It is very important to know the medical history as well as physical examination of the patient before diagnosing the disease.
During the physical examination different volumes of sounds are played to the patient. A test is performed with the help of a tunic fork where the vibration heard by the ear is measured.
Audiometry test is also one of the main tests that can determine the levels of hearing in the patient with SNHL.
Herbal Medicine For SNHL
Planet Ayurveda provides herbal medicine that is made from natural herbs that are free from chemicals, additives and preservatives. All herbal medicines are made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor and also clinically tested as well. Each herbal medicine helps in removing the root cause of the disease and naturally treating the disease without causing any side-effects. Here are the list of herbal medicine
- Ras Rajeshwar Tablets
- Yogendra Ras
- Brahmi Capsules
- Ashwagandha Capsules
- Neuroplan Syrup
1. Ras Rajeshwar Tablets
These tablets are made from herbs like Guggulu (Commiphora wightii), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and many more. It is one of the herbal combinations for treating any kind of nervous disorder making it best for Sensorineural Hearing Loss. It is effective in reducing the cause like infection or irritation in the inner ear. It is also very effective in removing ailments like tinnitus or vertigo which is very common in patients with SNHL.
Dosage:- One tablet twice daily with water after meals.
2. Yogendra Ras
It is made from the combination of herbs like Parada (Purified Mercury), Gandhaka (Sulphur), Shuddha Multa (Purified Pearl) etc. It is well known for treating neuro-muscular disease and also rejuvenating the nerves as well as muscles. Yogendra Ras is helpful in balancing the Vata as well as Pitta Dosha making it one of the effective herbal medicines for sensorineural hearing loss.
Dosage:- Two tablets twice with water, twice daily after meals.
3. Brahmi Capsules
These capsules are filled with an herb called Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) which is one of the effective herbs for maintaining the health of the brain. It is packed with antioxidants which helps in protecting the cells from getting damaged. Brahmi Capsules helps in improving the health of hair cells present in the ear and along with that it naturally increases the hearing ability.
Dosage:- Two capsules twice daily with water after meals.
4. Ashwagandha Capsules
It is one of the best herbal medicines which is made from one herb called Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). It is one of the best herbs for reducing the size of tumors which is one of the leading causes for SNHL. It is one of the best herbs for increasing the function of the brain and is best for treating any kind of neurodegenerative disease.
Dosage:- Two capsules after meals twice daily.
5. Neuroplan Syrup
This syrup is made from the herbs like Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Bhojpatra (Betula utilis), Madhuyashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Sonth (Zingiber officinale) etc. It is effective in repairing any kind of nervous damage and helping improve the health of vestibulocochlear nerves. Along with that it is useful in reducing the ailments like dizziness or losing balance which is common in patients with SNHL.
Dosage:- One teaspoon twice daily after meals.
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Ability to hear is one of the main and important parts of your life and losing it makes life very difficult. SNHL is one of them which leads to hearing loss as the article describes it in detail. Along with that above mentioned herbal medicine helps in improving the health of the ear naturally. In case of any query kindly visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com