Have you ever noticed that when you are suffering from cold, your hearing potential diminishes? Yes, it is caused due to blocked noses. While this is a simple reason for temporary hearing loss, there are certain other factors too. Vertigo, sinusitis, ear infections, malformation of inner ear, a severe head injury, constant exposure to loud noise, etc could also cause hearing loss. If the condition is a temporary one with the root cause being quite simple, then you could always look to yoga for improvement.
The various relaxation, stretching, and breathing methods of yoga is to known to be influence the levels of blood pressure, functioning of heart and brain, and circulation of blood in a positive way. The better the flow of blood to the ears is, the more efficient the functioning of nerves will be. An adequate blood supply will also ensure that ears are free from infections and toxins too. This, in turn, will improve hearing that otherwise is hampered due to ear pain or infections. Here are certain asanas/postures and breathing techniques that could improve hearing loss.
Top 4 Yoga Poses To Improve Hearing Loss
1. Karnapidasana – Ear Pressure Pose
Knees are bent and kept near the ears, applying gentle amounts of pressure on them. This stimulates blood flow to the affected region, in turn, improving the hearing.
How to do:
- Lie down on the yoga mat on your back, hands resting along your body.
- Inhale, bend your knees, and bring it to your abdomen.
- Pressing the palms on your mat, take a deep inhalation and bring your waist up, legs making a perpendicular with floor.
- Exhale and stretch the hands above your head, interlacing the fingers. Roll down the shoulders, allowing it to be aligned below your hips.
- Inhale and gently place your knee, legs, and foot on the ground.
- Align the knee with ears, gently pressing the ears.
- Hold here for 5 deep breaths.
- Taking a deep inhalation, lift your legs and straighten them
- Come out of the pose, vertebra, by vertebra.
- Release your legs, stretch out your legs, and relax.
2. Sarvangasana – Shoulder Stand
This is a classical yoga pose, nicknamed the elixir of youth. A wholesome, nourishing yoga pose, it pumps up the blood flow to the brain and face. Thus, it enables the clogging of ears and elimination of toxins. This, in turn, enables better hearing.
How to do:
- Lie on your back on mat, hands resting on your sides.
- Take a deep breath to prepare your body.
- With the next inhalation, bend the knees and rest it on your tummy.
- Pushing your palms on the mat, inhale, and lift the waist up, while legs make a 90 degree with floor.
- Using your palms support your waist, allowing your elbows to rest on mat. Balance the body on your shoulders.
- Hold here for 5 deep inhalations and exhalations.
- Exhale, bend your knees, and release slowly and carefully.
- Stretch the legs out, release your hands, and relax.
3. Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose
A mild backbend, it relaxes your neck and shoulder muscles. A sore neck at times could leave your temporarily deaf. Bhujangasana, all its variations, are good for a stiff neck and better hearing.
How to do:
- Lie on the mat on your belly, legs stretched out backward, feet slightly separated, and toes pointing back.
- Place your arms at chest level while forehead relaxes on the ground.
- Inhale, press your palms on the floor, and lift your torso, balancing yourself on your tummy.
- Roll back your shoulders and keep your neck relaxed.
- Suck your navel in and hold your thighs tight. Squeeze your butts tight and tilt your head backward.
- Inhale again and straighten your elbow completely and bend backward deeper.
- Hold the pose, breathing deeply, 10 deep inhalations and exhalations.
- Exhale, release, and relax.
4. Bhramari Pranayama – Hissing Bee Breathing
The hiss of the bee curbs the excessive pressure experienced in the inner ear, a common trigger for hearing loss. It also eases sinusitis and migraines, thereby putting you at ease.
How to do:
- Sit in a comfortable seated position of your choice with an erect spine. Let the palms rest on the knees.
- Inhale and place your index fingers on respective ear cartilages.
- Exhale completely.
- Inhale and exhale with a high pitched humming sound, applying a gentle pressure on cartilages.
This makes one repetition. Do 10 to 15 times.
A 60 minute yoga session, thrice a week, can bring in significant differences to your hearing. If you are really serious about practicing yoga to improve your hearing, please do start your practice under a trained yoga guru. You will get the benefits soon.