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I thought I'd read on here that allergies can cause hearing loss but can't remember where exactly.

My bff just wrote me saying her 4yo is losing his hearing (again). Soon after eh was born he 'failed' the hearing test, and from then on couldnt hear for months, ended up getting tubes put in his ears, it got better, tubes fell out, it's been a couple years now I think and he is speaking well etc. Recently, he is not even able to hear them talking even if they are next to him.

They've looked into every reason possible, and I really want to give her some info to look into allergies, especially dairy.

Any info, experiences would be gReatly appreciated!!

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I think it's due to the chronic inflammation and congestion. I bet if you PM'd Pat (WuWei), she would give you her big list of links that relate dairy to ear infections.

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thanks!
I've read the links between allergies adn ear infections, but he doesnt seem to get ear infections at all..just the hearing loss. Is it common/normal to have chronic ear infections and have no other symptoms/pain?

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I can absolutely tell you that food allergies can cause enough congestion to cause hearing problems. My ds (7 yo) complained on and off for about 3 weeks this past fall that "someone stole my eardrums." He had no pain, just stuffy ears. We took him to our health care provider - no ear infection, did a blood draw, and found that he was allergic to soy. Removed the soy from his diet, no more stuffy ears. I know that milk is often the culprit for congestion, but there are other possibilities as well.

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was it an IgE allergy or a food intolerance? just curious.

but yes, his problem is fluid build up. I just havent been able to find much on the connection between fluid in the ears/hearing loss and allergies, but I'll pass your experience on. Thank you

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i know this is being said alot lately on this forum so please dont think i am just one of a chorus but...

there are homeopathic remedies that deal with hearing loss your friend might want to take her son to a classical homeopath.
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My daughter had hearing loss due to fluid in her ears. It wasn't infection.

We decided to do a GF/DF trial. After being off both the level of fluid in her ears was drastically reduced and now she has no problems hearing. Just paying attention.

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They've looked into every reason possible, and I really want to give her some info to look into allergies, especially dairy.
This is a copy of a recent post of mine regarding ear infections. Hope it resolves quickly.

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Diary intolerance is the number one cause of fluid build up in ears.

"In one study an astonishing 86% of the children tested became free of ear problems once they came off dairy food."
http://www.safekids.co.uk/EarProblemsAndAllergies.html
http://www.healthychild.com/ear-infe...ternatives.htm
http://www.vitacost.com/science/conc...infection.html
http://www.femail.com.au/ear-infections-truestar.htm

Additionally, I was just reading that chiropractic adjustments could help with ear infections. I didn't know.

Breast milk in the ear or garlic oil is supposed to help too.

Also, add vitamin C and whole food probiotics, such as yogurt for the immune system.

"In an October study in the medical journal The Lancet, researchers found that antibiotics for ear infections are only beneficial to children under the age of 2 with both ears infected. Study leader Dr. Maroeska Rovers, of the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, said that researchers found that in most other cases, watchful waiting is OK."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16140545/#storyContinued
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ear-infections/EI99999

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/...ics-vs-waiting

"Evidence has been building over the years showing most ear infections resolve on their own and antibiotics do little or nothing to speed the process. And, overuse of antibiotics leads to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. The most important factor in treatment for ear infections is pain relief."


A landmark study published in Pediatrics has shown that treating ear infections with antibiotics has no benefit when compared to doing nothing. (McCormick 2005).
http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-heal...-Not-Necessary

My recommendation is classical homeopathy.
A friend's daughter had six rounds of antibiotics for ear infections and was scheduled for tube insertion. She saw the homeopath and gave her daughter the proscribed remedy. On return to the physician prior to the surgery, her ears were no longer infected. And she has had no ear infections since.

Our classical homeopathist first learned about homeopathy for her son with ear infections. Then she became schooled about homeopathy. I am a complete believer. Although, I still do not understand how it works. We are all on constitutional remedies and are rarely ever sick.

Another suggestion is Grapefruit Seed Extract. (Not grape seed.) GSE is also a natural anti-inflammatory. It is give orally, diluted in water. It tastes horrible though.

Here are some more ideas:
Garlic is a natural antibiotic.
Collodial silver is a natural antibiotic.
Vit C-large doses (natural fever reducer, iirc)
Cod liver oil- essential fatty acids help the immune system (We use Nordic Naturals -strawberry and our son loves it!)
Chamommilla is good for restlessness, discomfort, insomnia, unbearable pain; fever; child is impatient and angry.
Zinc lozenges help the immune system
Echinecea- We use Sambucol for Kids
Probiotics- for immune support, digestive system is 70% of immune system. Many of the serious side effects of cp are associated with a damaged gut, secondary to antibiotic use. Avoid antibiotics with cp and other viral illnesses.


And Dairy is the #1 culprit of fluid and mucus production leading to an environment conducive to ear infections.


Here is some info about homeopathic remedies (and treating ear infections).

* Aconite: Pain that comes on suddenly after a shock or chill.

* Belladonna: Severe throbbing pain; child is oversensitive and cranky.

* Chamomilla: Unbearable pain; fever; child is impatient and angry.

* Lycopodium: Pain on right side only; stopped-up nose; cold extremities.

* Magnesia phosphorica (or "homeopathic aspirin"): Pain reduced by the application of heat or pressure.

* Mercurius solubilis: Pain accompanied by swollen glands and sweating.



Do probiotics, cod liver oil, magnesium, vit. C, zinc, coconut oil, bone broths, green juices. Support the immune system. The gut is 70% of our immune system. Antibiotics damage the microbial balance in the gut.

Basically, you have to heal the gut to strengthen the immune system. Check out the "Healing the Gut-cheat sheet" at the top of the forum. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=434071

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thank you for the recommendations..I'll forward it to her, though he never gets ear infections..the reason they did the tubes when he was a babe was because he couldn't hear due to fluid build-up but as far as i know it was never infected

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My daughter had hearing loss due to fluid in her ears. It wasn't infection.

We decided to do a GF/DF trial. After being off both the level of fluid in her ears was drastically reduced and now she has no problems hearing. Just paying attention.

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sorry, I did read that earlier. I've just read so much about so many different things health-related the past few days, my head is going to explode, I can't even think straight.

just as an example, I planned to go out today for only one reason, so I could take ds to the chiropractor, and I didn't remember till after I got home from running errands, that I was supposed to go to the chiro! :

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The fluid build up and infection are just two points on the same continuum. The infection occurs if the body isn't able to address the micro-organisms which grow in the festering medium of fluid. Sometimes, the body is able to just have a low level ability to fight off the infection continuously, so that it doesn't become a full blown issue with pain, etc. But, the mucus production is an inflamatory response to some stimuli. Generally dairy. Did you read the links at the top of the post? Those would be helpful for them to address.

The diagnosis of "infection" is subjective based on visualization of the ear canal, along with fever and pain. Just cause it isn't red, inflamed and painful, doesn't mean the fluid isn't from dairy.


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Hi, I just signed up because I was looking for remedies for Allergies and Ears, and saw your concerned post. I'm actually a 20 year old male, and I've had ear complications all my life. I recently got a new ear drum put in beginning of February because I failed my hearing test for the Police Department (and my 2nd and last chance is coming up Thursday).

The reason I'm posting is because I had all these problems when I was younger, and went through a lot of hell because of it (to say the least). As far as your child is concerned with the loss of hearing and fluid build-up, tubes are definitely a good thing to go for. But you must be CAREFUL. I had 5 sets of tubes when I was younger, and it made two big holes in my ear drums. My left ear closed up (and I have close to normal hearing), and my right one had a large hole in it (80% gone) which made me practically legally deaf in that ear (hence my surgery on it to reconstruct my eardrum). Luckily that surgery went better than planned, and they closed the hole in one shot. But never use Q-Tips in your ears. It only causes more problems, your ears naturally move out all the wax in your ears, using a Q-Tip only compacts the wax in there against your ear drum making your hearing worse, not better.

So if there is a hole in there, I'd keep a close check on it just in case. If there is a hole and water gets past the middle ear into the inner, it can cause severe complications. Which may include definite hearing loss or chronic ringing of the ears (since the water will affect the hairs in your inner ear which makes them always on the "on" position). It's definitely not something you want for your child, since it effects everything in their lives from social (hearing everyone else), education (hearing things in school), and safety (hearing things that may be dangerous).

I regret that my mother didn't get my ear drum fixed when I was younger because she said I was "too little." Go with what the E.N.T. Specialists suggest over all. Also I had a cleft palate (hole in my palate that let air pass through and distort the air flow and make a suction in my ears causing loss of hearing).

I would suggest if you haven't already check if your child has any deformity in his throat that may be causing the distortion of the hearing (or for anyone else that may have concerns for their child's hearing).

They also make nasal sprays to open up the canals of your ears to increase hearing as well. That's another thing you should consult your specialist about. I say specialist because your average doctor will never know as much as specialist do.

Any other questions just PM me and I'll do my best to answer back. Good luck to you all!

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The reason I'm posting is because I had all these problems when I was younger, and went through a lot of hell because of it (to say the least). As far as your child is concerned with the loss of hearing and fluid build-up, tubes are definitely a good thing to go for. But you must be CAREFUL. I had 5 sets of tubes when I was younger, and it made two big holes in my ear drums. My left ear closed up (and I have close to normal hearing), and my right one had a large hole in it (80% gone) which made me practically legally deaf in that ear (hence my surgery on it to reconstruct my eardrum). Luckily that surgery went better than planned, and they closed the hole in one shot. But never use Q-Tips in your ears. It only causes more problems, your ears naturally move out all the wax in your ears, using a Q-Tip only compacts the wax in there against your ear drum making your hearing worse, not better.
Have YOU looked at the possibility of food intolerances?

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Yes, yes I have. I used to go to a clinic twice a year and see around 9 different doctors to test me for various things to see if they could pin-point the problem with my hearing.

They came to the conclusion that it was due to my cleft palate creating a suction on my ear drums. Alas I never got my palate fixed, but just recently (in the last year or so) it closed up itself (even though I wish I would of got it patched long ago). Thus correcting my left ear (the one with no hole) and I can hear normally now. I'm having no problems with it now, so I'm starting to doubt the food complication.
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