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marie
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Can you have hearing loss from Lyme? I went to the ENT to remove wax & then had earaches for a long time afterward. When I went back a few years later to have wax removed & asked about earaches-Dr. used tuning fork & believes I have hearing loss in one ear. He mentioned possibly a tumor in the brain pressing on a nerve. Didn't go for a hearing test yet.
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Keebler
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Oh, I'm so sorry for your experience with that doctor. Tuning forks cannot determine a tumor. You should never have been told that.

The use of a tuning fork can give some hints but there are much more sophisticated tests that are required before evening considering something as serious as a tumor.

Still, yes, that's a possibility for ANY hearing loss and not always sometime very dire. The word "tumor" - especially in one's skull can surely be alarming.

Please squish away the shock from that statement - breathe - and try to "reframe" -- if there were to be some kind of little clump of tissue pressing on some other nerve in the body, you'd want to find out whether so -- or what else might be going on

so that you could consider all factors of cause

and then find out more to consider all options.

Please go for a formal, actual hearing test. It's actually a very interesting process. Yet, there are also much more advanced diagnostics, too, that are also interesting and helpful to both rule out or to pinpoint so that you start to figure out what to do.

Take care.
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In answer to Q: Can Lyme Cause Hearing Loss?

Yes. It can. So can other infections.

But so can many kinds of Rx, OTC items, etc. and not just some of those used for lyme.

This is why liver support is so vital with any treatment - that may help prevent when certain drugs are required to address serious infection. See the Tinnitus thread link in post below.

And so can noise damage from years ago. Even use of a blender, vacuum, hair dryer, lawn machines - not to mention hobbies and work (and military service) where all kinds of noise assaults to the ears can add up.

What helps: some things might, such as now being mindful about sound exposure and avoiding any ototoxic Rx or OTC.


http://hearinglosshelp.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/tinnitusdruglist2013.pdf

Prescription Medications, Over-the-Counter Drugs, Herbs & Chemicals Associated with Tinnitus

2013 Edition - 30 pages - Compiled by Neil G. Bauman, Ph.D.


Still, his 3rd edition of Ototoxic Drugs is best to have for a fuller set. So much just cannot be found via the web. Book:

http://hearinglosshelp.com/shop/ototoxic-drugs-exposed/

Ototoxic Drugs Exposed (3rd edition)

The Shocking Truth About Prescription Drugs, Medications, Chemicals and Herbals That Can (and Do) Damage Our Ears

By Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

. . . detailed listings of the ear-damaging side effects of 877 drugs, 35 herbals and 148 chemicals (798 pages).
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http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=065801

Topic: TINNITUS: Ringing Between The Ears; Vestibular, Balance, Hearing with compiled links - including HYPERACUSIS

What can help.
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First, of course, get the hearing test and others, too. I would think that after the hearing test then it MIGHT be determined exactly what method of imaging might be used. It might be a very exact kind of CT scan.

If an MRI is used, a CT scan might also be needed as with most imaging methods, there are pros and cons about just what they can see.

I have found that MRI did not show up bone problems that came to light with a very specific CT scan. Or for some, depending up the situation , it might be the other way around.

After you have more detail,

I suggest also trying to find a DO, DC or PT trained in this approach of gentle manipulation of body parts (my clumsy words, not theirs).

Find those local to you who have this training, hopefully on your insurance . . . ask if they can go back into the mouth for manual treatments that can gently manipulate some of the Eustachian tube or other tissues that affect the ears.

Also the manipulation / correction of possible stress on the neck or spine -- or on cranial bones - might be of some help.

First, get that hearing test and any others they suggest . . . but don't jump to conclusions about a likely cause being the only cause -- there may be various factors that have some degree of wiggle room to help relieve some of this.

Good luck.


http://www.upledger.com/content.asp?id=26

UPLEDGER INSTITUTE (particular method of cranial sacral treatment)
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To prevent ear problems...whenever you get water in your ears - swimming, showers - put in a squirt of 1/2 white vinegar + 1/2 rubbing alcohol solution and drain by tipping your head to the side.

This remedy came from an ear specialist.

Consider Pycnogenol for hearing loss. Amazon carries it.

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Marnie's suggestions are excellent.

Pycnogenol was fabulous for me. The first time I took it, my clogged ears were cleared up and my balance was so much better. I hope you can get that.

I see that Marnie posted as I was writing this (it takes me a while to compose) and did not mean to jump over her post. Sorry.


About the wax accumulation. I wonder if you are using ear drops and, if so, how many drops and how often.

If OIL drops, One drop, just one drop (or two if the first really did not hit the spot) , is the limit so that ear wax dose not accumulate. I found that out the hard way.

But, actually, too, I may have used olive oil in my ears and while that can be fine if it's certain to be pure (which some are not - be mindful of adulteration of some "olive" oils) . . .

still, just one drop is the limit. Some ear drops have certain herbal medications and may have olive oil or other oils but, still, one drop is all it takes. It can even be applied to half a cotton ball and gently set into the ear.

Herb Pharm makes a really nice herbal ear drop - I've found their brand most helpful if any kind of ache.

More than one or two drops and, my, oh, my -- I was getting buildup. I used to just squirt in a whole dropper full, though, wanting to really saturate it.

The use of ear plugs to sleep also made that worse. I would curl up the foam type and really squish them in, pushing in any wax that was trying to make its way out.

Fortunately, the neighbor whose snoring demanded ear plugs for me moved.

Their is a pliable silicone ear plug that can set in the outer bowl of the ear structure and not have to be pushed in so much.

I would sometime put a small bit of cotton ball in first to take up some of the sweat / moisture that might build up from ears being sealed off (it has to be of actual cotton, though, not a synthetic cosmetic "puff").

So glad now that I can sleep with "naked" ears, though. I need that air circulation.

there may be other things that contribute to the buildup of ear wax but just two hints here for what affected that waxy buildup in my case.

Take care.
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Marnie's suggestion of pycnogenol got me interested in seeing research since I last looked at that years ago.

Another item to consider regarding nerve regeneration help would be the mushroom called "Lion's Mane" or Hericium erinaceus. But that's got its own thread somewhere, I think.


PubMed Search of Medical Literature:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=pycnogenol

pycnogenol - 446 abstracts

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=pycnogenol%2C+hearing

pycnogenol, hearing - 3 abstracts

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=pycnogenol%2C+nerve

pycnogenol, nerve - 5 abstracts

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=pycnogenol%2C+inflammation

pycnogenol, inflammation - 45 abstracts
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