Having a lymphatic system that’s below par is sort of like having your sewer recirculating through your house.
Hearing can be adversely affected if the lymphatic system isn’t doing its’ job, so can the respiratory system, sinuses, throat. Poor lymphatic performance can be a contributing factor in colds, bronchitis, tonsillitis and pneumonia. The lymph system carries as much fluid as the circulatory system, and there are twice as many lymphatic vessels as there are blood vessels.
The highest concentration of lymph nodes is in the neck, armpit and groin. When they become swollen and tender it’s a signal that the body is trying to eliminate wastes. It used to be a symptom more often associated with puberty and the poor eating habits of teenage and young adulthood. In the last forty or so years, it’s common among all age groups from the same poor food reason.
The area just above the sternal notch between the nipples on the chest is a reflex point for stimulating the lymphatic system. Vigorously rub the area using a large circular motion (this helps cover the bases if you’re not sure of the exact location) for about two minutes. Always massage the lymphatic system towards the heart. This helps pump the waste containing lymph fluids in the directional of removal from the body. Massaging or milking the system the opposite direction causes congestion.
If you’re experiencing problems with the ears, hearing or swollen nodes in the neck, stroke downward along side of the large muscle on the side of the neck. If the nodes are swollen under the jaw, stroke back toward and then down, the large muscle. Any congestion in the neck, back of the head, jaw or around and above the ears can affect the hearing.
Hearing loss associated with ear pain may be the result of damage to the eardrum, strain or tension in the muscles of the neck or jaw area, infection in the eardrum, mastoiditis (an infection of the mastoid bone behind the ear), hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), leukemia and tooth, gum or other mouth related ailments.
Otitis media (infection of the middle ear) is the most common ear problem and cause of loss of hearing among children. Otitis media can be a symptom of allergies. Dairy products, wheat and pet dander are the big three offenders. There are two types of otitis media. Acute and chronic.
Acute is usually bacterial and is often accompanied by fever, upper respiratory infections, chills, earache and red swollen eardrum(s). Early bottle-feeding is associated with recurrent acute type. Breastfeeding for a minimum of 6 months has proven to help prevent ear infections due to the antibodies contained in mother’s milk.
Constant swelling and blockage of the auditory channel, which contributes to throbbing or constant pain, usually accompany chronic otitis media (secretory or serous otitis media). This type affects 20 to 40 percent of all children under the age of six. Inflammation, swelling or infection of the inner ear can cause chronic type ototis media with conductive hearing loss being the result.
The two most common hearing loss complaints in adults result from tinnitus and presbycusis. Tinnitus is the constant ringing, hissing or chirping sounds in the ear and is sometimes accompanied by pain. Tinnitus can be caused by a blocked eustachian tube, earwax or a dysfunction of the auditory nerve and may be associated with excessive drug use, exposure to loud noise, aspirin, smoking, Meniere’s disease, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), or decreased circulation in the surrounding area.
If tinnitus is accompanied by dizziness or vertigo, this can be an indication underlying problems with not only the inner ear but also can be a symptom of problems with the heart or brain. People with these accompanying symptoms should consult with their health care provider. Anemia, labrynthitis, hypertension and atherosclerosis can all surface as tinnitus.
My personal experience with hearing problems started when I was in high school during the 50’s and running heavy equipment on weekends and during school breaks. In 1979 I sailed to Mexico for the winter and one of my employees gave me a handgun to take which was, and is, illegal. We visited relatives on the way and after shooting all the ammunition left the gun with them. My ears rang for three days and my hearing has never been the same. Ear protection wasn’t as common as it is now, which isn’t a good excuse.