What Was That You Said – Again Please
Are you tired of feeling embarrassed because you can’t hear in crowded environments? Rest assured, you’re definitely not alone.
30 million Americans- or about 1 in 13 people- suffer with hearing loss in one or both ears. 1 And one in three people over the age of 65 don’t hear as well as they once did.
For years, doctors have searched for a way to improve hearing loss without much progress. But now, a German study has found a link between a common herb and improved hearing.
That herb is something you might have heard of. It’s the common, flowering plant known as periwinkle.
The six week, double-blind study gave a periwinkle (otherwise known as vinpocetine) supplement to 30 outpatient participants suffering with age- related hearing loss. Audio understanding of single words was checked before and after the treatments.
The good news is this…At the end, some participants showed marked improvement. 2 In other words, periwinkle just might be an important key to improved hearing.
So why is this?
Researchers think that one reason for these significant improvements is improved blood flow to the brain. This increased blood flow literally boosts hearing.
To understand this concept, we need to take a look at how hearing works.
Hearing happens when sound waves enter the ear canal and reach the eardrum. As a result, the eardrum vibrates. This sends vibrations deeper into the ear. Microscopic, hair-like cells that bend in relation to sound are reached. This movement triggers the ear cells to send an electronic signal to the brain via the auditory nerve. Consequently, the brain turns this message into sound as we know it.
It’s like a stringed instrument (such as a violin). When you pluck the string, it vibrates. With hearing, the hair in our ears recognizes this vibration. A signal is beamed to the brain, which translates it into the sound of the violin string. This vibration literally allows us to hear.
At least that’s how it works when you don’t have any inner ear damage.
If you suffer with inner ear damage, these tiny hairs are broken or bent and they can send random signals to the brain. Like a text message sent to the wrong person, these erratic signals are confusing. This miscommunication can result in reduced hearing ability or even ringing in your ears .
Loud sounds (like chainsaws or loud music) can damage these sensitive hairs. Something as simple as a sudden loud noise-an explosion or gunshot for example-can flatten or even shear off these delicate cells.
Unlike skin cells, damaged ear hairs don’t regrow. That’s why it’s important to protect your ears if you’re going to be around loud sounds (85 decibels or above). Yard work, concerts, it’s all an opportunity to protect your hearing with ear plugs or noise canceling headphones.
So what does this have to do with the study we just discussed?
Improving the blood flow to your brain may be the answer to restoring hearing loss. The brain functions better with smooth blood flow because it’s the central communications system in your body. When blood flow improves, it’s easier to deliver delicate hearing messages to the appropriate destination because the pathways are clear.
There’s another benefit, too. Better blood flow enables more oxygen to reach our cells. When more oxygen reaches the cells, hearing improves because nerves are able to function better.
And while you can’t regrow those damaged inner ear hairs, you can impact blood flow in your body. Along with supplements, regular exercise and super-foods (like salmon and spinach) can help. They dilate the blood vessels so as to increase blood flow. Because of this, oxygen flow is greatly improved.
Who knows-maybe someday those embarrassing “what did you say again?” moments will become a thing of the past.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
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