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DEAFNESS

Definition

Deafness is the complete inability to hear sound.

Causes

Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)


Cholesteatoma
Cleft palate
Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
Enlarged vestibular aqueducts
Glue ear
Meningitis
Microtia and atresia
Otosclerosis
Genetic syndromes associated with hearing loss

Symptoms

Muffling of speech and other sounds


Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people
Trouble hearing consonants
Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
Withdrawal from conversations
Avoidance of some social settings

Levels of Deafness

There are four levels of deafness (possibly 5 in some countries), they are:
Mild deafness or mild hearing impairment - the patient can only detect sounds from
between 25 to 29 decibels (dB). They may find it hard to understand everything other people
are saying, especially if there is a lot of background noise.

Moderate deafness or moderate hearing impairment - the patient can only detect sounds
from between 40dB and 69dB. Following a conversation just from hearing is very difficult
without using a hearing aid.

Severe deafness - the person only hears sounds above 70db to 89dB. A severely deaf person
must either lip-read or use sign language in order to communicate, even if they have a
hearing aid.

Profound deafness - anybody who cannot hear a sound below 90dB is profoundly deaf;
some profoundly deaf people cannot hear anything at all, at any level of decibels.
Communication is done with sign language and/or lip-reading.

Homeopathy remedy

Belladonna: Useful in homeopathic treatment for Deafness (Hearing Loss) where hearing loss is
experienced more on the right side and is accompanied by pain. Humming, roaring and ringing
nosies in ears with intolerance to sounds. Hears one's own voice in ears.
Spigelia: Indicated in homeopathic treatment for Deafness (Hearing Loss) where left-sided
symptoms predominate, with noises in ear of the roaring or buzzing type. Pulsating sensation
along with congestion. Tendency to periodic deafness.
Hepar Sulphuricum: Painful earaches, sensitive to wind and touch. Whizzing, throbbing and
roaring sounds in ears.
Kali Muriaticum: Wonderful remedy in homeopathic treatment for Deafness (Hearing Loss)
wherein a block in the Eustachian tube leads to deafness.