I have enjoyed perfect vision for most of my life. In fact, I’m the only one of my immediate family who doesn’t wear some sort of corrective eye wear. Most of my family didn’t need glasses until their twenties. Maybe I’m just lucky. But I really think that for many people (certainly not all, as there are some serious degenerative issues for some people), the key to good vision is a matter of proper function. I started noticing a decline in my eyesight during graduate school… specifically during the month that I spent almost all day at a computer working on my thesis. I worried that my time for glasses was coming. As I graduated and moved into the “real world” I found myself spending more hours in an office with no window and a computer against a wall that allowed no interaction with a distant horizon. My eyes and vision began to suffer even more. Since my eyesight was still good enough to avoid glasses for the time being, I decided to experiment. After some solid research and thorough observations of my movement patterns regarding vision, I began my own “eye therapy.”
Our eyes are some of our most precious organs – so we should be doing all we can to take care of them! However, in today’s world, it can be difficult to find the time to really take care of our eyes. But did you know you can improve your eyesight without contacts or glasses? Have you ever tried eye exercises, or proper nutrition for your eyes? Keep reading to find out some simple things you can do every day to improve your vision naturally and fast. While you may have heard it a thousand times, it is really important to eat right! Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables will seriously help improve your eyesight and keep it from deteriorating. It is also important to eat the right vitamins to support eye health. Vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin A, C, and E, are all important to eye health. Antioxidants (remember eating carrots for your eyes?) are also a great source of nutrients for healthy eyes. If you don’t think you’re getting the right kinds of vitamins, consider taking a supplement or multi-vitamin. Our Ocu-Plus Formula actually contains 17 different vitamins, minerals, and herbs you should take to support your eyesight. While taking vitamins won’t completely correct your vision, they are still a very important part of your overall eye health.
Types of hearing loss include congenital absence of ear canal or failure of the ear canal to be open at birth, congenital absence, malformation, or dysfunction of the middle ear structures, all of which may possibly be surgically corrected. If these are not amenable to successful surgical correction, then the hearing alternatively may be improved with amplification with a bone conduction hearing aid, or a surgically implanted, osseointegrated device (for example, the Baha or Ponto System), or a conventional hearing aid, depending on the status of the hearing nerve. Other causes of hearing loss are: infection; tumors; middle ear fluid from infection or Eustachian tube dysfunction; foreign body; and trauma (as in a skull fracture). Acute infections are usually treated with antibiotic or antifungal medications. Chronic ear infections, chronic middle fluid, and tumors usually require surgery. If there is no response to initial medical therapy, infectious middle ear fluid is usually treated with antibiotics -- while chronic non-infectious middle ear fluid is treated with surgery (or pressure equalizing tubes). hearing loss from head trauma is frequently amenable to surgical repair of the damaged middle ear structures, performed after the patient’s general medical status is stabilized following acute traumatic injuries.
If you suspect you have a hearing loss, it is important to immediately seek the advice of a qualified hearing healthcare professional. Hearing tests are simple, painless and widely available. Your hearing health professional will begin by conducting a thorough history, and they will ask questions about the challenges you are having, your lifestyle and your communication needs. There are different types of hearing tests that evaluate specific parts of the auditory system and specialized hearing tests just for infants and toddlers. However, most hearing tests involve a sound-treated room or booth and headphones. Your hearing care professional will also conduct a visual exam of your ear canals and eardrum using a lighted instrument called an otoscope. This will determine if something physical, such as earwax, is contributing to your hearing loss. Once in the booth, you will be asked to listen to a variety of tones and indicate the softest tones you can hear by pressing a button. This part of the exam is called pure tone audiometry, and it is valuable for determining not only how much hearing loss you have, but which frequencies are most affected. You may also be asked to listen for and repeat words. These speech tests can determine the softest speech sounds you can hear and how well you can understand speech clearly when it is loud enough for you to hear it.