~Chapter 4 Ears, Eyes, Sinuses, and Teeth~
The vestibulocochlear nerve is also referred to as the auditory or acoustic nerve and is responsible for the transmission of sounds and in our ability to have balance (equilibrium). Even though balance is equalized by this nerve, other factors also contribute to ones balancing capabilities. Balance is also directly related/proportioned to the alignment of the spine and the curvature of the tailbone. If the tailbone is curved/bent too much it will throw the leg movement out of proportion and result in a swaying drunken man effect when the individual walks. This then puts strain upon the spine as the body sways back and forth in attemps to maintain balance when the individual walks. Many would say why walk or even try, you should just be in a wheel chair. This is reverse negative thinking and is detrimental to the person trying to walk as well it is detrimental to the bodyís ability to strengthen its legs, lower back muscles, and in its ability to heal itself. Add on visual perception in judging distance along with the vestibulocohlear nerve capabilities to maintain balance and the individual is faced with a great challenge of maintaining themselves during the act of walking. The vestibulocohlear nerve is also the primary transmitter of signals to and from the brain. The vestibulocochlear nerve is broken down into two strands, the first being the vestibular nerve and the second being the auditory nerve, which is connected directly to the eardrum. The seventh cranial nerve the facial nerve also provides sensory information to the ears.
When the skull/cranium membrane/joints are compressed, the proper flow of cerebrospinal fluid cannot properly flow to the nerve endings. We see this in children, whose temple regions of their heads are compressed. In many of these children their, ability to hear is greatly reduced or non-existent. Likewise, when the Eustachian tubes are swollen or stuck it adds to the pressure that is placed upon the brain and upon the cranial nerves. Both of these factors combined together are the cause in most all cases of hearing loss. The added pressure upon the brain causes tension in the body, this tension then manifests itself in many various disabilitating forms and is detrimental to the bodyís well being. More often than not society is set up to treat the symptoms and not the cause; this is why there are hearing aids and cochlear implants. These devises and ideas although good and well intended do miss a critical factor, and that factor is working to unwind the tension that is stored and indeed trapped in the body. Nasal specific/endonasal therapy works to unwind this and release this tension by unlocking/adjusting the cranial plates and by opening up the Eustachian tubes at the same time. This is done so that proper drainage can be restored, pressure can be minimized and released, and for reestablishing, the links/fibers of the nerve endings function-ability, resulting in better balance and increased capabilities in hearing. The results of endonasal/nasal specific depend on how tight and how much pressure is upon the personís body. Results may not be all that noticeable at first but steady continuous therapeutic treatments have been documented as being able to unlock the pressure housed in the cranium and it has restored hearing to hundreds of people as well as allowed people/children the ability to hear sound for the first time. Even though this is a great practice, there are cases where endonasal/nasal specific will not be as effective. In such instances as permanent damage that takes on the form of severed nerve endings, punctured eardrums or the lack there of, being born with no eardrum. However in most cases there is room for improvement in individuals with hearing loss, if nothing else endonasal/nasal specific will work towards unwinding the tension upon the brain allowing it to grow and making room from the nervous system to function more normally. Endonasal/nasal specific therapy is a powerful alternative method with incredible results in reliving tension and tension pain that is stored and housed in the cranium. This therapeutic treatment is a simple non-invasive means to initiate/jump start the drainage process necessary to open swollen and clogged Eustachian tubes and to restore proper drainage as well as works to restore hearing capabilities.
Bilateral Nasal Specific A Patients Perspective By David H Jones
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The use of endonasal/nasal specific is a dramatic tool that can have a life altering experience and it also works in the development and towards opening up the ear passageways, as well as unlocking the nerves that aid in a persons ability to hear. In the past endonasal/nasal specific has added in the ability of people with poor vision to regain their sight. It also clears the sinuses and allows for full in-depth breathing, which leads to stimulation of the respiratory system as well as clearing the passageways so that ones ability to indicate aromas/smells is regained. As well, endonasal/nasal specific is now currently utilized by a hand full of dentists as an alternative to braces in the straightening of teeth. The ears, eyes, sinuses and teeth are all inter connected and are directly related to what is referred to as the TMJ mechanism. TMJ being the point where the upper and our jaw bones, the Zygomatic and the Mandible facial bones intersect and connect with the Frontal plate, the Stephnoid, and the base of the Temporal cranial plate.
Words are comprised and made up of individual sounds called phonemes. It is logical to point out that if an individual or child can not hear the sounds, they may indeed have some or more difficulty reproducing the sound/word that they are trying to mirror in representation. Individuals who are considered to be good readers and spellers are capable of having the ability to analyze the individual parts and sound elements that comprise and make up any given word. This is considered to be making auditory sense of the visual symbols. Those individuals including myself, who have difficulties breaking apart word sounds, due to silent characters, find it to be a bit more difficult and challenging. Difficulty with the development of making auditory sense of a word is one of the major root causes in reading disabilities, which also ties into proper verbiage, of spoken words along with interpretation and reproduction of such words, (considered to be the mirror effect). The brain learns to understand sounds and syllables at an early age and thus starts to pick out elements that make up their language. If a child has a hearing loss, or has a neurological disability dysfunction such as cerebral palsy, as well as if a child has high fever or repeated ear infections causes distortion of the sounds as they pass through the auditory channel and as they get translated into vibrations and transmitted to the auditory centers of the brain are affected and thus the original sound that is inputted is distorted and the end result is a fragmented piece of what originally was intended. Along with hearing loss, CP, fever and repeated ear infections has the capability of putting stress and effects the able to understand and develop formed words at an early age. At this point of critical development some elements of distinction between syllables may be lost leading to and up to a life time of struggling with the syllable characters of forming a word, or being able to distinguish the syllables and silent vowel sounds. This is more commonly referred to as auditory distortions.
We can somewhat see that there is a connection of the ears in translation of sound to the auditory processing centers, but what if the ears are proven to be fine and the individual or child still shows signs of not being able at times to spell a word correctly. Neuroscientists at Oxfordís Center for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and the Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology has found that the front part section of our brain referred to as the Broca deals with word meanings. Likewise the back part of this Broca region deals with the sound and sound formation of a word. In more recent studies and with modern brain imaging suggests that this area referred to as the Broca involves both the processing of sound and meaning of words. In conducting tests researchers used a technique referred to as transcrainal magnetic stimulation (TMS) (to momentarily disrupt normal brain function). Stimulations of TMS to the front part of the Broca interfered with the individuals ability to correctly identify synonyms, (words that mean the same). Likewise Stimulations to the back part of Broca interfered with the individuals capability to correctly identify homophones (words that sound the same.)
Individuals who have a hard time with written expression, developmental expressive writing disorder, affects the individualís abilities to communicate in writing despite the individuals age, educational background, or physical impairment. Developmental expressive written disorder affects both the physical reproduction of letters and words in the back part of the Broca as well as the organization, of characters and pronunciation (which is also tied in with the auditory intake channel) in the front part of the Broca resulting in and up to difficulty of organizing thoughts and ideas in a written format. In other words an individual sees or hears a word takes in this word syllable into the inner auditory or visual processing nodes (the Broca) and then tries to make sense of this element that they have just taken in. As described above if there is a disruption either minute or major the word will take on a different characteristic when the individual reduplicate it out in typed or written form. There are a small hand full of symptoms that are related to this dysfunction, including spelling errors, punctuation errors, and grammar errors. Likewise Auditory Processing Disorder not only covers the elements of the ear but also covers the neurological and signal impulse elements of the Broca
Individuals with cerebral palsy are known to have neurological damage due to the fact that one or more cranial plate is pinched or off set, along with TMJ displacement. The disruptions of neurons and the bodyís natural electrical current flow which travels throughout the brain and up and down the spinal column create minute electronic signals that are used to stimulate motor skill function throughout the body. These electrical currents in the brain can affect the processing of the Broca development of either synonyms, homophones or both depending on the placement of nerve dysfunction and electric signal impulse build.
We all know that our ears provide us with the ability to hear the sounds and joys of life. This is everything from being able to hear the composition of music to the aide in distinguishing the songs of various birds and being able to hear the wind as it passes through the trees. All too often, we take our senses for granite, until we loose them or have lessened capabilities in using them. Then and only then do we realize what we have lost or are loosing.
Many times, due to traumatic brain injuries or do to the birth process, when the head is squeezed, or when the brain is rattled to the point that the nerves and receptors that interact with the ability to hear is damaged or is severely affected. The Eustachian tube/auditory tubes are the tubes that link the pharynx, which is part of the back portion of the throat, to the middle ear. In adults, this tube is approximately 35mm long. More often than not the Eustachian tube is closed, however it can open from time to time to allow a small amount of air to pass through. This is done to equalize the pressure build up between the middle ear and the surrounding outside atmosphere. We see this happen when we go over the hills, mountains, or when we are on a plane. The altitude and atmospheric pressure upon the head causes increased tension upon the brain. In most cases, a simple yawn or a stretching of the earlobe pulls/stretches on the muscles in the neck allowing this passageway to open just long enough to generate an inner ear pop and release the trapped pressure that is building up. Sometimes this pressure builds too quickly and causes the development of headaches. All of us have experienced this effect in our lives and sometimes some of us on a daily basis. Now imagine a child or anyone for that matter whose Eustachian tubes are stuck or swollen shut. Thereby being unable to decrease and relieve the pressure that is building up in the cranium. This pressure build up applies direct pressure upon the nerves that are associated with the ears ability to process sound, pinching them off and thereby decreasing the functional capabilities of the eardrum. Without the Eustachian tube airway, the middle ear becomes isolated from the surrounding atmospheric pressure, because of this isolation the ear is more acceptable to damage caused by the pressure changes, which cause a build up of pressure in the cranium/head.
It is also well to point out the Eustachian tube also works to drain out mucus, which can take the form of earwax, from the middle ear. When we get water in our ears, swimmers ear, or even reactions to fevers and allergies as well as change in altitude can all lead to and cause the Eustachian tubes to become swollen. When this occurs, proper drainage ceases to exist thus trapping the mucus/ear wax and causes an excess of this substance to build up and become infected. This infection then takes on the form of being a bacteria element and causes ear infections. Ear infections and earaches are more common in children because the Estuation tubes of a child are in more of a horizontal nature thereby restricting the flow of this fluid.
Many children end up having a drainage tube put in to allow for proper flow of this fluid. The only problem is that the child will out grow those tubes and further surgical implementation will be needed to allow for the drainage of this fluid and more importantly to maintain hearing capabilities. Endonasal/nasal specific bypasses the need for his surgically implanted tube. It opens the Eustachian tubes just long enough to push the compacted build up out, which then drains back into the throat. This allows and restores hearing and has even aided in children being able to here sounds for the first time in there lives.
There are many ways to relieve fever and earaches; endonasal/nasal specific is just one of the ways of reliving the pressure that is generated from the swelling of the Estuation tube. Aspirin and the cleaning out of the ear with warm water have been common practices for many years. As a small child this author had many ear aches and received all kinds of treatments, and by all means the use of nasal specific/endonasal therapy was the most efficient and effective means of restoring hearing and reliving the excess pressure build up as well as reopening the Estuation tubes to allow proper secretion of mucus. At this point, let us further look at the development of mucus. The brain conducts electoral pulses that are separate from the rhythmic pattern of the heart and is none related to the repertory-breathing pattern of the body. The brain conducts these pulses, expands and contracts, approximately every 10 to 14 times per minute. The fluid that surrounds and protects the brain acts as a cushion and as a protector. As the brain expands and contracts this fluid secrets and gets squeezed through the tiny pores in the bones as well as through many of the tiny tubes that are linked inside our head. These tubes are more predominantly noticeable in the ears, nose and eyes. When we have earwax, it is the result of the secretion of brain fluid. When it enters the Estuation tubes it takes on the form of mucus and when it is exposed to air, it hardens and takes on a crunchy texture or in the case of the ears a waxy feel. In the nose, this secretion of brain fluid is referred to as snot, and in the eyes, it has been referred to as crusties or sleepy eye, which is most noticeable when a person wakes in the morning. Another way to think about this process is to take a damp sponge and repeatedly squeeze it. The result is a secretion of the moisture that was housed in the sponge. The same is true for the brain. This is a normal process and the secretion of brain fluid/mucus out of the nose ears and eyes is predominately the only way for this excess used up fluid to escape. When the body is functioning at its peak or normally this secretion drains into the throat and down to the stomach where it is absorbed back into the bodyís system. The problem lies in cases where the bodyís optimum function is compromised. This results in improper drainage and causes the mucus to build up. This build up can lead to many alternative and diverse reactions but mainly it increases pressure upon the head. We first notice this pressure in the nose and in our ears. If the condition does not correct itself, it gets worse and increased pressure upon the head occurs, we see this in the form of headaches. This pressure then interacts with the surroundings around us, which take sounds, light, and atmospheric pressure all into account. All of these things combined together add stress upon the head. This added stress manifests itself in the form of pressure upon the brain as well as direct added tension/pressure upon the cranial nerves.
Not only does swollen or shut Eustachian tubes cause a build up of pressure but as well, the eighth cranial nerve, the Vestibulocochlear Nerve, may be hampered, pinched, or fragmented. In most cases, the vestibulocochler nerve is pinched due to pressure upon the head and cranial plates caused by birth trauma and by traumatic brain injuries that take place after birth.
Location of the Vestibulocochlear Nerve:
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