What is Senile Deafness?
Age-related hearing loss is an impaired hearing ability that happens as one age. In most cases, age-related hearing loss or presbycusis or senile deafness affects both ears.
Presbycusis develops as one appears to be in their thirties or forties and worsens gradually over time. It is more prominent in people between the ages of 65 and 74.
It usually begins with the inability to hear high-frequency sounds, such as speech. Such people may have difficulty understanding what others are talking about, especially when the background noise is too high, such as at a party. But as the hearing loss is gradual, they may not understand in the first place that their hearing capacity is reducing. They may turn up the volume of the television or start speaking louder without even knowing this.
With ageing, one may not be able to hear different frequencies of sound, making communication a more difficult process. They may not recognize the source of the voice. Additionally, some people also experience a ringing sensation in their ears called tinnitus or problems with balancing or dizziness.
Age-related hearing loss affects the quality of life of the person. Because this affects their ability to hear properly, they may find communication tough and tricky. Likely, people with senile deafness may feel isolated, depressed, and feel low-esteem. Perhaps, it may become a threat to life as those individuals may not be able to hear fire alarms, car horns, and other sounds that alert people to life-threatening situations.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs usually begin with your inability to hear high-frequency sounds. You may notice that you have difficulty hearing the voices of females or children, especially when there are background voices or disturbances.
Other symptoms that may occur, include:
- certain sound frequencies may seem overly loud
- difficulty hearing in areas where there is a background noise
- you may not differentiate between “s” and “the” sounds
- ringing sensation in the ears
- men's voices are easier to hear than women's
- turning up the volume on the television or radio louder than normal
- asking people to repeat what they are saying
- telephone conversations appearing difficult
- withdrawal from conversations
- Avoiding social gatherings because of impaired communication
- Frequent need to turn up the volume of the television or radio
If you have any of these signs, make sure to talk to your doctor. They could be a sign of some alarming situations, so diagnosis is important.
The causes of age-related hearing loss are a complex mechanism of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Likely, it is related to changes in the inner ear, where the sound waves are converted into nerve signals that need to be sent to the brain. Also, it imputes to the impaired nerve pathways that move sound information in the brain or alterations in the eardrum or in the middle brain that has small bones, the function of which is disrupted.
In many cases, the cause of hearing loss is still not known. Other genes that play a role in age-related hearing may also induce ageing and other age-related diseases. The cause of the genetic mutation is still not known, however.
Other causes include:
- Continuous exposure to loud noise (such as music or work-related noise)
- Loss of hair cells (sensory receptors in the inner ear)
- Inherited factors
- Various health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes
- Some medications may come up with side effects of hearing loss, such as aspirin and certain antibiotics
Ayurvedic treatment for Senile Deafness
As per Ayurveda, every disease is an onset of the doshas imbalances that result in obstruction in the function of that one particular organ of the body. In the case of senile deafness or age-related hearing loss, the cause is Vata dosha that obstructs the channel that carries sound from the ear to the brain.
Less likely, vitiated Kapha blocks the pathway of Vata because of which Vata may fail to conduct the sound waves. Gradually and slowly, the hearing capacity of the person impairs and results in complete hearing loss.
There are some problems that generate as one age, including degenerative changes in the sense organs.
Ayurveda aims to help people with its therapies, herbal concoctions, and procedures for prominent health recovery. One of the most profound branches of Ayurveda, which is Rasayana, aims to improve quality of life through detoxification of the bodily system. When the body is properly detoxified, likely the cells and tissues regenerate and revive on a wholesome level.
Ayurveda is one of the best ways to remove toxins or Ama that blocks the functioning of the channels of the body. You may feel your energy retaining significantly and restored through the rasayanic therapies.
At AyuKarma, we employ evidence-based techniques in the treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases, including age-related hearing loss. Our treatment is completely safe to try by the patients. Moreover, our ayurvedic medicines are customized based on the needs and health of the patients.
For more information, you can always reach our ayurvedic physicians at AyuKarma.