Sensorineural hearing loss or Nerve deafness is one type of hearing loss that affects the inner ear or the acoustic or vestibulococlear nerve or both. This happens when the hair cells which transmit sound to the brain is damaged and could not function properly.
Most of the time the sufferer may not be aware of his/her condition. It is friends and family members that notice the symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss. The symptoms include unable to hear high tones, the need to ask to repeat certain words, loud TV and radio volume and because of the hearing loss physical and social activities can also be affected which could to irritability, moodiness and depression.
To diagnose sensorineural hearing you need to consult the doctor and tests will include CT scan, Magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) and EEG that evaluate activity in the brain.
The usual cause of sensorineural hearing loss includes head or ear injury caused by physical trauma, medication side effects specifically from ototoxic medicines, ear infection, Presbycusis or the gradual loss of hearing due to old age, tumors, and hereditary. Other less known cause is anemia, heart problems and lupus or any condition that reduces the supply of oxygen to the brain.
For sensorineural treatment hearing aids and cochlear implants are frequently use. Hearing aid is a small electronic device that is put behind the ear. Hearing aid components include tiny microphones, which gather sound and convert it to electrical impulses, amplifier that increases the strength of these impulses and battery for energy supply. Another treatment available is cochlear implant this a small complex electronic device implanted behind the ear, this device directly stimulate the auditory nerves. This type of treatment requires the patient to have surgical procedure and therapy.
There are natural remedies for sensorineural hearing loss most of these natural treatments are mostly preventive measures. One way to prevent or delay hearing loss is proper diet or nutritional therapy. One reason or cause of sensorineural hearing loss is recurring viral or bacterial infections. This could be cause by weak immune system and bad hygiene. To strengthen the immune system take vitamin c, zinc is used to cure ear infections. Another way to prevent ear problem is to eat healthy so better to avoid junk and processed food and take nutritional supplements like vitamin B-complex, iron and calcium, these supplements reduce the risk ear infection. There are also studies that show that food rich in Vitamin A and folic acid also delays hearing loss.
Popular Herbs such as Echinacea, which can strengthen the immune system and goldenseal or yellow root, which stimulates the secretion and flow of bile, it is also used against variety of bacteria, yeast, and fungi, such as E. Coli and Candida which can cause ear infections. Chinese herbal therapy is also generally accepted in treating ear infections. Another widely used is garlic juice, which is a powerful and natural antiseptic herb.
There are many natural alternatives to treat and delay causes of hearing loss. They are safe and even good for the general health.
Frequently Asked Questions
To sufferers of immune disorders: How can I treat myself for possible lupus/rheumatoid arthritis? (detailed)?
Allergic to dust/grass as a child, but allergy-free from age 13 until recently (I'm now in my late 20's).
Early 20's: diagnosed with Hep C (untraced source). I was suddenly cured after 1 mo. My doctor said my own body got rid of it, which is rare for hep C patients.
Several months later I noticed when I'd lay on my left side, there's a tingly, tender sensation. There's no pain and I got used to it so I'm just living with it.
8 mos ago: sudden onset of stiffness/jammed feeling on both wrists (overnight). Always had weak/inflamed knees since 4 yrs back, would disappear with regular exercise.
Late last year I had flue more than a month. I was diagnosed with bronchitis, was on antibiotics and was cured right away.
I started lightly working out again and just a month later I WAS SICK AGAIN! I was down for only 3 days though compared to the last time. Coughed 1 month. I was on stronger antibiotics and cured. I also saw an allergy doctor and was diagnosed with sinusitis and now on corticosteroids.
My ANA blood test turned out POSITIVE. My doctor ordered a 2nd test for next month. She said it's an indication of possible lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Never been overweight my whole life.
My other "illnesses" recently diagnosed: costochondritis.
Always had: severe dandruff, on and off but worse now; dandruff-related facial rash, only shows up on the same spots - left cheek near nose, between eyebrows.
Falling hair is worse now.
I'm a copywriter for more than 3 yrs. I admit my posture is VERY bad, often sitting or lying on my stomach on the bed (probably caused the costochondritis). Was diagnosed 4 yrs ago with borderline anemia (mother is anemic). Prescribed iron supplements but I stopped cos of side effects which is diarrhea.
THIS IS MY DILEMMA: I was thinking of eating healthier and exercising again. But wouldn't raising the immune system make things even worse? I just hate the idea of being on immune-suppressing drugs, considering my now sensitive liver. I would be more open to "natural" treatments. How do I go about this?
When you have autoimmune disease you have to be an active PART of the treatment plan. Your doctor is the other active part.
You have classic lupus symptoms. If lupus is not properly treated, you can end up with permanent organ damage or worse. It is not natural for your immune system to turn against you.
You can eat healthier and exercise and that will certainly help. Words are often used incorrectly when it comes to the immune system. Healthy eating and exercise BALANCE the immune system. This is desirable.
Everyday you are exposed to thousands of toxins...in your food...in your personal hygiene products...in the air...in the water...in your food...coming from your clothes...coming from your furniture and flooring...and much more. You can't eliminate all of them. Therefore, a totally "natural" approach to autoimmunity is impossible.
Next, factor in stress. Stress is the single biggest factor in making lupus flares worse. What do you to do manage/reduce stress?
You are Asian which means you have a siginficantly higher chance of developing lupus. You are 20 which increases your chances even more. You are a woman. 9 out of 10 lupus patients are women. Lupus develops most often in women between the ages of 14 and 45.
There are 23,5 Americans with autoimmune disease and 2 million with lupus. 40% of us develop lupus nephritis. If left untreated, it can kill you.
The doctors will monitor your liver function frequently. You may only need the weaker immunosuppressive medications. If you do go on the heavier ones, it is not ususally for an extended period of time, but just long enough to bring the flare under control.
Everything we do is a matter of risk versus benefit. It is more so when you develop a chronic illness and are looking at treatment options. Do your homework, talk to your rheumatologist and then make an informed decision.
I have systemic lupus with major organ inovlvement (heart, lungs, joints, brain, bone marrow, blood, and kidneys). In 2003, I was not expected to live. I take my meds, have a very healthy diet, exercise daily and practice meditation and yoga. After 4 years on disability, I returned to work 4.5 years ago. I am 59. Without the medication, I would most likely be on dialysis right now.
Is it normal to get a bad rash while using retin a ?
I was prescribed retin a by my dermatologist to lighten freckles and help get rid of acne on my face. The first day i brought it home i applied a fairly light amount to only affected areas on my face and automatically felt a stinging sensation were i had applied it , which i guess was normal since that was one of the side affects. The third day of use still the same affect but now only that my skin was irritated red , itchy ,dry and it felt like i had a pony tail on so tight that it made me feel like my skin was stretched out to the point i even felt Chinese . I automatically stopped use of it and noticed only now that my skin started peeling on the fourth to fifth day and was also accompanied now with a red irritated itching hurt to touch rash . The truth is that it even looks like a swollen sunburn or even like a bad case of lupus rash only around my eyes, cheecks, and chin that hurts . I am to embarresed to come out of my house cause of the way i look and am running out of ideas. So i would appreciate some good experienced advice on how to treat it and if it is normal or not to be experiencing these side affects with this medication.
i think i have lupus, but how do i ask my doctor?
i have an aunt with systematic lupus so i know what it is and what the symptoms are, i am sure i have it too, i have everything she has and sometimes worse than hers, ive had the discoid lupus rash since i was 12 but when i went to the dermatologist he looked at it for like a second and decided it was impatigo, i was in his office for less than a minute, even though i was in waiting room for over 2 hours which is wrong in so many ways >.< it continues to come back but everytime they just give me antibiotics and send me on my way.
i went to a GP and told her i thought i had lupus and she told me not to self diagnose, i was told all my symptoms could be explained by mental and physical stress and anemia, i should relax and rest when my joints hurt. she was quite mean and it upset me, she treated me like a hypochondriac. i havent wanted to bring it up again and i dont go to the doctors with relating symptoms anymore because they flick through my history and tell me its stress again or try to make me eat more iron. i am a very laid back person and i do no physical exertion to make my joints like this either. its gotten to the point where im ill more than i am healthy and i can bearly get out of bed in the mornings.
now im an adult its pathetic, but every time i go to the doctor i feel really young and insignificant again.
i really need help with this as im moving out of my mums house in a few months and will be on my own,,
how do i make the doctor test me for lupus without me demanding it?
i need for them to come to it on their own conclusion, when i go into that little room my head goes completely blank and i turn very monosyllabic and everything i meant to say doesnt come out.
ive tried to show them the malar rash but by the time i get to the appointment its gone >.<
anyone have any solutions to help me??
I am sorry for the experience you have had with these doctors. I am going to school now to be a doctor and it is stories like yours that helps with driving me toward this. In my opinion the doctors should have investigated this. It is their job to increase your quality of life.
I think that you should first of all not go back to where you were treated with such poor service. If your doctor does not have time for you, well don't make time for him. Go see someone else.
Maybe you could write down your symptoms that you are experiencing, so that you can get all of the information to the doctor. There are tests that can be ran to determine if you have a autoimmune deficiency, and I think that they are relatively easy to do.
Again I am sorry for your poor treatment. You know your body better than anyone else, and if you are worried that something is wrong it does not need to be discarded. If going somewhere else and you are treated this way again then I believe you should demand that you are tested. If it does not come out right when you are there then I would call for an appointment strictly to be tested for lupus.
Your quality of life should be their number one priority. I am tired of hearing stories of doctors that dismiss their patients in this way.
Oh yeah maybe you could take a picture of the rash too when it does come about, but really you should not have too. I'm sure your eyes are perfectly fine and you probably have a very accurate visual image of it as well.
Anyway I hope you get help with this and think you for another story of why I want to be a doctor. I am going to go study now, so I can be an advocate for you and others.
Do I have lupus, and how do you get diagnosed if you do have lupus?
I had an ANA panel done, suggesting to my doctor that I think have lupus. I have researched my pain and other symptoms for years and think that this is what I have. My test was positive for double-stranded DNA. What does this mean? I have never actually met my doctor. I see a doctors assistant and I think she has no idea what she is doing. I am scheduled see a rheumatologist on April 14, but I really want to know what anyone with experience thinks about my condition before I see him. It has taken me 5 months to get this appointment after I could convince anyone at all of my symptoms. I hurt much more than a 27 year old should hurt. I have 2 kids that I need to be out running around with and it kills me that I hurt too bad to do the things I should be doing as a mother. Can anyone help me? Oh, I should add that Meloxicam helps my pain immensely, but I have been told to stop taking it because my kidneys are bad. Well, my creatonin (not sure of spelling) is high. It also helps my joints stop popping. They pop almost every time I move, so loud that everyone around me hears them! I am very tired all the time. I also feel like I am pulling half of my hair out every time I brush it. I get a puffy red rash the first time I get in the sun every summer. I have serious stomach problems. I have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome which often comes with an autoimmune disorder. I really want to finally know what is wrong with me so I can treat it in some way. I am miserable and I have been for awhile. Even if I am going to die soon, I would just love to know why! Doctors can't find a cause for my problems even though they know I have them. HELP, PLEASE?!?!
If you have tested positive for a DS-DNA test then you most likely have Lupus. While there is no definitive test for Lupus the DS-DNA test is one of the best at ruling Lupus IN. That is to say that people with Lupus can test negative for the DS-DNA but there are very, very few false positives with this test.
With your creatinine clearance being high, an indicator that your kidneys are in distress, you should not be taking the Meloxicam as this can put stress on them.
The good news is that Lupus can be treated. You may need to have methotrexate or cytoxan to stop the Lupus Nephritis (when Lupus is attacking your kidneys). There is a new drug in phase three trials that is on a path to being approved for Lupus Nephritis, you may want to look into it...it's called Benlysta (Belimumab).
You also may have to have a course of high dose oral steroids to help with the inflammation.
There is a lot of help out there. Check out Lupus.org and look for a local support group in your area. Those who have dealt with the disease for years will have a lot of insight as to what to expect.
Matador above has some good (although dated) information regarding the tests performed. The BILAG criteria that he mentions (four of eleven symptoms for diagnosis) was never meant to be used as a diagnostic tool it was for acceptance into a Lupus study. This criteria has been utilized for years by doctors who misunderstood its usage and is only now being quashed by the AMA.
You appear to have kidney involvement and a biopsy may be necessary. A diagnosis of Lupus can be made if that biopsy shows Lupus Nephritis regardless if you have any of the other eleven criteria...thus the reason the BILAG criteria is just a guideline.
i have to take 2-10mg hydrocodone every 4hr for pain is there anything else less harmful for my organs?
hydrocodone is for my chronic pain the doctors are trying to find out how best to treat it but im looking for pain management alternatives i live in texas so im limited to pain management treatments. i have a liver problem they are looking into also so the hyd. will not be able to be taken for much longer i have looked for substatutes and have found nothing, my pain is in my body flu like feeling muscles, back, neck, chest, hands arms joints , headaches skin rashes and the heat gives me upset stomach and tiredness and body aches. im currently being treated for lupus but they are not sure if they know just yet they are 100 percent right.
There are a number of other opioids (same class of drugs as hydrocodone) that do not contain acetaminophen, or how its probably labeled, APAP, which is just tylenol. The narcotic portion of the combination you take is very safe and does not damage organs at all but the tylenol in it is very bad for your liver. They make a drug called vicoprofen which is a combination of hydrocodone and ibuprofen. The ibuprofen (commonly found in motrin) is not harmful to the liver but if you have gastric issues like ulcers or acid reflux it wouldn't be the best choice.
There are also dozens of preparations that do not contain a combination but only a narcotic aka opioid. Opioids if taken long term can produce physical dependence however they do not harm your organs at all. You can get extended release or regular 4 hour doses of morphine or oxycodone. I find the latter to be the closest in effect to hydrocodone. Other single product opioids include 72-hour transdermal fentanyl, methadone, levorphanol, pentazocine, oxymorphone and hydromorphine. There are many so I am probably leaving one or two out but they all have essentially the same effect. There is also another, newer drug called tramadol (brand name ultram) that is not quite an opioid but largely binds to the same receptors and therefore has a similar effect although I'm not sure it would be strong enough for you.
Are you being treated with immusuppressants like prednisone for the possible lupus? Not only would these help any possible autoimmune disorders like lupus, but they will help with muscle pain and joint pain if there is inflammation present. If steroids like prednisone helped reduce some of pain you could take less hydrocodone (or whatever drug) placing less strain on your liver.
I hope you find a regimen that relieves your pain. I also suffer from chronic pain and I don't envy anyone who has to deal with it. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about what I discussed here or if you have any other questions about pain medicine. I hope you feel better! Take care
If you are diagnosed with lupus, since it is incurable, does it mean that you are going to die? I know they can treat the symptoms, but how long can you live with it for? Is it contagious in any way? My girlfriend was just diagnosed with it...can I get it from kissing her or putting creams on her rashes or anything like that?
These questions, probably sound pretty ignorant, but I guess that's why I'm asking! Any additional information anyone might have would be appreciated! thanks
Lupus is a non contagious autoimmune disorder. One thing you might want to look into... Most modern medicine techniques only treat symptoms not causes. There is a lot of belief out there that most auto immune disorders and other non pathogen diseases are the result of being exposed to chemicals in our modern food supply or even because of the foods we choose to eat. Changing the diet can cause drastic improvements in these diseases. Check out www.mercola.com and also the book "the metabolic typing diet" by William Wolcott.
I think I could have lupus but I am not sure how to talk to my dcotor about it..?
When I was younger I tested positive for Lupus but my pediatrician said because I didn't have a butterfly rash, he didn't think I had it. So he gave me athritis meds and said I had rheumatoid athritis and sent me on my way. Years later I still suffer from the joint pain in my hands, hips, back and legs. I am exausted all the time, I have been diagnosed with anemia. I have been having emense pain in my lower back but it doesnt feel like my spine. I can't stretch it out, I feel as if I am being stabbed. I am also on meds to control night terrors, paranoia and hypopalmic Hallucinations. I have super bad dry skin that causes these red bumps all over my arms form the wrist up even to my back and my face feels like sand paper. I feel as if they are treating the symptoms but not the problem. They give me ambien to force me to sleep. I have sever headaches and even dizzy spells. When I talk to my doc, he never runs tests just tells me to buy lotion which I own tons and pills for motion sickne
ss. I just want to feel well again. I am tired of being in Pain. I need referals to go somewhere and he doesnt't even refer me to a specialsist to get answers
You need to demand that you see a specialist. A doctor has an obligation to help you feel better. If he can't then he needs to send you to someone who does.
Here's what you should do. Call and make and appointment with him. Prior to going to your appointment make a list of every symptom that you are having along with all the medications that you are taking. Have a family member come with you as an advocate. When the doctor comes into the room calmly and methodically go over the list of symptoms and medications that you are taking. Tell him that you don't feel better and all of the medications aren't helping. Tell him that you desire a second opinion and need a referral to a rheumatologist.
He'll either do one of two things. He'll either refer you to a rheumatologist or he'll tell you that you don't need to see anyone else. If he gives you the referral then you're good.
If not then you let him know that you'll be making an appointment on your own to see a rheumatologist for a second opinion. If they find something that he failed to test for then you will report him to the AMA for possible malpractice.
Once you mention this he'll give you the referral. No doctor wants to be wrong but no doctor wants to be reported to the AMA for failing to listen to a patients complaints only to have those complaints validated. I know it sounds harsh but you really need to get some answers. This will work 100% of the time.
Having a family member or a friend in the room with you during this will also put more pressure on him/her as it's not just your word against his/hers anymore you have a third party involved.
The stabbing pain you feel in your back could be kidney issues. Have you had a urine test recently? I would make sure you follow up as soon as you can because if you do have Lupus and it has attacked your kidneys, time is of the essence.
I wish you all the best!
Have you ever judged someone based on hearsay & rumour only to learn later?
that the person's actions stemmed from an illness beyond his control?
(CNN) -- Michael Jackson's single white glove was his trademark -- an iconic image for a performer whose career constantly set, then redefined, pop culture trends.But it also was an early effort to mask a skin condition that he would struggle with for the rest of his life, say some who were close to him.
"The glove was to cover the vitiligo; that's how that glove came into being."
Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnie Klein, told CNN that Jackson suffered from vitiligo, a disease that causes blotches of lightening skin, as well as a form of lupus that led to rashes and flaking of skin on his scalp.
"His was bad because he began to get a speckled look over his body," Klein said. "All over his body -- on his face and hands, which is hard to treat."It's a report that rings true to others with the disease.
"I have to wear sleeves and carry an umbrella," said Lee Thomas, who wrote a memoir called "Turning White," which discusses his physical and mental struggles as an African-American man whose skin changes because of vitiligo. "It totally makes sense to me." "I got [white spots] on one of my hands, so I used to wear a glove to hold a microphone," he said.
Dr. James Norlund, a dermatologist, never treated Jackson, but said the singer's use of the gloves and lipstick was consistent with the patterns of vitiligo, since the spots frequently first appear on the hands and face, including the lips.
Klein said he treated Jackson's vitiligo with a cream that eventually bleached Jackson's darker pigmentation to even out his skin color. He said it was that treatment -- not a once-rumored desire by Jackson to be white -- that lightened his skin over the years.
"Michael was black," Klein said. "He was very proud of his black heritage."
Edit: GeeCee, exactly! x
I agree with Brian. Rumours and hearsay with a desire to hurt and dismantle someone is pernicious. And as you said once in another post, useless to defend yourself when a person's mindset is immovable.
I can understand the Lupus rash for obvious reasons, although it was the one thing my daughter was never afflicted with severely, now and then she did have patches of dry skin that turned red and brown and were very painful and as a result she never wore dresses or skirts in the summertime so if Michael wore a glove to try and disguise his condition why does anyone have a problem with that?
He's going to be judged no matter what facts come out to the contrary sadly