Yoga for Hearing

(June 15, 2011)

I've hearing problems. Please advice how I can overcome this problem

Yoga tinnitus:
Before we talk about yoga being a cure or part of the treatment for tinnitus, it is important to take a look at exactly what tinnitus is. Tinnitus is a physical condition where people experience noise or ringing in the ears or head, when there is no external noise present. Keep in mind that tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom or a sign that something is wrong with the hearing system of that person. One of the most recommended ways to cure tinnitus is by practicing yoga. Research has also shown that yoga is a good method of treating this problem.

Yoga for ears:
Yoga has many benefits for mind, body and the soul. One of these benefits includes treating a problem that is known as tinnitus or ringing in the ears. However, do remember that tinnitus is more often than not, a symptom of an underlying condition. Do check with your medical practitioner before attempting any yoga exercises to cure this condition. Yoga helps to improve the circulation throughout the body and certain specific asanas (postures) can help people who suffer from tinnitus. The well known asanas that can help you overcome this problem are Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Supported Bridge Pose), Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend), Viparita Karani (Legs up the Wall Pose), and Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand).  Yoga is also believed to be beneficial in treating a block or blockage in the ears.

Yoga for hearing loss:
Yoga, as mentioned earlier can help with problems related to one’s ear, like tinnitus. Other ear problems can arise due to an infection, and if untreated, can also lead to some hearing loss. Many people are now turning to yoga as a means of treating hearing loss. This is due to the fact that there are many postures in yoga that can be performed to help combat this problem. Yoga, as stated above, helps to improve the blood circulation. This increased and enhanced blood circulation helps to carry an increased amount of oxygen to the area. The yoga exercises also help to relive any tightness or muscular pain near the shoulder or neck of the person concerned.

Yoga for ear infection:
The ear is one of the most sensitive organs in the human body and when it gets infected, can cause severe problems for the person who has the infection. More and more people are now adopting simple remedies for treating ear problems. One such remedy or treatment for an ear infection is yoga. Yoga asanas not only help to give mental and physical relief from such an ailment, but also help to keep the openings of the inner ear mucus free and clean. This in turn helps to reduce the discomfort felt when there is an infection present in the ear. One such pose that helps to deal with ear problems is Tadasana (Mountain Pose).

Karnapidasana (Knee to Ear Pose) offers several benefits. The treatment of tinnitus is one of them. When this pose is performed, both knees press against the ears. It is believed that this yoga posture helps in curing tinnitus as the flow of blood is stimulated and the knees muffle the ears. This pose, as the name suggests, focuses on relieving problems that are related to one’s ears. Do keep in mind however, that the ringing in the ears or the noise one hears will be alleviated gradually. Do not expect results on the first day itself.

Pressure in the ears:
What is the cause of pressure in the ears? Remember that a certain amount of ear pressure is required in order to hear properly. However, if the ear gets infected or the person is ill, the pressure in the ears can become uncomfortable and painful too. Certain reasons as to why this could happen are a change in altitude, a blockage in the Eustachian tube, or even small tumors that grow at the base of the skull and obstruct the Eustachian tube. An increase or decrease in the pressure in the ear canal can result in vertigo, dizziness and so on.

Yoga for tinnitus:
Yoga can be practiced as a cure for tinnitus. As is well known, yoga promotes relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing too. When one’s mind and body is relaxed, the inner ear also relaxes and this in itself gives one a feeling of relief from the problem of tinnitus. Studies show that stress worsens tinnitus as stress leads to sore and tight muscles around the neck and head. This aggravates the condition. Yoga helps you to alleviate this stress and relaxes the muscles around the neck and head.

Ears pressure:
Build up of pressure in the ear can be due a number of reasons. This mainly occurs when the Eustachian tube malfunctions. Symptoms that something is wrong with the tube include a slight hearing loss, ear pain, ear pressure, a blocked ear. You might even experience muffled hearing in the ear that is affected. Ear pressure can also cause a ringing sound in the affected ear. This ringing sound can be constant or intermittent. If you experience any ear popping, it could be indicative of a sinus problem.

Yoga and tinnitus:
As already established, yoga can be used to treat tinnitus but do keep in mind that yoga alone will not cure you of this condition. Yoga will definitely help to reduce the ringing sound in your ears though. One of the causes of tinnitus is stress. Yoga is known to alleviate stress, and therefore it works to treat tinnitus. While doing yoga, you are relaxing your body and mind. The parts of the ear that cause the ringing sound that is associated with tinnitus start to relax and thus you get relief. This is how yoga and tinnitus are connected.

Yoga for ear problems:
Now that we are aware that one remedy for ear problems is yoga, let us look at some specific exercises that help. Yoga exercises for ear problems include: - Halasana (The Plough Pose), Sukhasana (The Easy Pose), Vriskhasana (The Tree Pose), Malasana (The Garland Pose), Savasana (The Corpse Pose), Tadasana (The Mountain Pose) and Trikonasana (The Triangle Pose) among others.

Submitted by A on June 15, 2011 at 05:34

Yoga can be used for curing earaches and clogged ears. Specific asanas of yoga can be used for the treatment of the ears which cause acute pain in the ears. The chief cause of the ear pain should be diagnosed before adopting any kind of medication for the same. If there is any ear infection then the infection should be healed before trusting any alternative treatment. Yoga helps in the treatment by better circulation of the blood in all the organs of the body. Along with enhanced blood circulation it carries an increased mount of oxygen so as to tone and strengthen the muscles in the area.

Causes of ear troubles

Long term cough and cold can be one of the chief reasons for the ear troubles. Sinus can also harm the ears and the associated organs. At times, intense ear pain would cause dizziness and interfere with daily activities. Various other causes like constantly taking up intense physical strain at the time of studying, increased blood pressure, sinus and other environmental infections or constant ear plugging can cause hearing problems. Listening to music at high volumes can also cause intense ear pain.

How can yoga help?

Yoga helps to provide freedom from the tightness or muscular pain near the neck and the shoulder region. The tension and relaxation exercises of yoga help to provide freedom from the plugged ears and the inflammation near the ear and the jaw region. Yoga in unison with trigger point therapy shows good results in short span of time.

Yoga Asanas

Yoga asanas give mental comfort and physical support by rejuvenating the internal organs of the body by proper functioning of the nervous system. Various asanas of yoga help to cure hearing troubles. You can use these asanas to achieve best results to get rid of your ear ailment. Yoga mudra is the exercise wherein you need to sit with crossed legs and carry out the breathing exercises by holding the breath for sometime. You can practice this pose for as long as you are comfortable.

Another beneficial pose is cobra pose which provides exercise to your back as well as ears. Deep relaxation exercises of Yoga help to provide comfort to the ears and the back region. It helps to provide relief from acute pain in muscles and karnpidasana (ear pain asana) involves breathing exercises which provide relief from the ear pain.

Submitted by R J on August 12, 2008 at 07:40

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