One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.
– National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
The number of individuals with some type of hearing loss is astonishing. Consider these stats:
– About 15 percent of American adults – or 37.5 million – aged 18 and over report some type of trouble hearing.
– About 9 percent of adults aged 55 to 64 have disabling hearing loss. Nearly 25 percent aged 65 to 74 do, and approximately half of those aged 75 and older are diagnosed with disabling hearing loss.
There are plenty of reasons why hearing loss numbers are so high. Exposure to noise is reported by the NIDCD as the number one reason, and aging of the population is a close second. One prominent health official puts it this way: “It’s a very, very sad situation, especially since hearing loss is underestimated, misunderstood and generally ignored as a real problem.” Indeed.
After all, losing the ability to hear often results in unfortunate circumstances aside from losing one’s hearing. Sadly, those with impaired hearing can become isolated and depressed, according to the Better Hearing Institute. Hearing loss has also been linked to cognitive defects which can have a seriously adverse effect on one’s personal and professional lives.
Here’s another shocker: among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who may benefit from hearing aids, less than 30 percent has ever used them. Just 16 percent of adults aged 20 to 69 that may benefit from a hearing device has ever used one. Why? Costs, most likely. Medicare, the federal health insurance program for those above age 65, doesn’t cover any costs associated with hearing aid exams, fittings or devices.
The costs of hearing aids are indeed prohibitive to many – ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 per ear – and many individuals with hearing problems end up having to get one device for each ear. Further, hearing aids aren’t designed to last a very long time. In most cases, every few years, these devices need to be replaced.
These TWO Ingredients Can Restore Hearing Loss
Before we delve into the potential hearing benefits of a simple recipe, it is important to understand that this is not designed as a “cure all.” In other words, while this recipe may indeed be helpful for many, it may still be necessary to consult with a medical professional. This is particularly true in the case of advanced hearing loss.
So what is it?
Garlic and onion juice. That’s it.
Why garlic and onion juice?
Onion is considered a potent natural remedy for those suffering with hearing loss. Mechanistically, it is believed that an onion’s antioxidant properties can aid with ear trauma sustained from blasts and air pressure changes.
In one study, researchers discovered that individuals who had sustained cochlear damage and hearing loss from exposure to a blast recovered quicker when consuming an onion/water combination.
Many people that suffer from hearing loss swear by the inclusion of garlic in their diets. This is less than surprising when one considers the plethora of garlic’s health benefits. Consider that garlic is used to: suppress colds, reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, prevent cognitive defects, and even extend one’s life!
Hearing-wise, it is believed that garlic may help combat hearing loss by increasing blood flow and restoring health to the cochlea – the sensory organ responsible for converting sound into nerve impulses. A healthy cochlea is necessary in transmitting sound impulses to the brain for conversion.
This garlic and onion juice recipe is simple and quick. Here’s what’s needed:
– A few garlic cloves
– A tablespoon of olive oil
– 15 ml of onion juice
– A dropper
– Gauze or cotton balls
– Pour the olive oil in a cup
– Squeeze the juice from each garlic clove into the cup
– Mix in onion juice
– Using the dropper, place about 3 to 4 drops into each ear
– Cover each ear with gauze or a cotton ball
BONUS (simple!) recipe:
Simply mix 30 ml of onion juice and 30 ml of garlic juice and drink the concoction once a day.