Hear Loss Formula is an exceptional supplement which combines the best compounds for slowing down age-related hearing problems and helping to improve hearing.
Based on the latest scientific studies, its formulation includes molecules that promote blood vessel dilation in the inner ear, increase production of the most effective endogenous antioxidants and combat the free radicals that affect the auditory system.
Who is Hear Loss Formula aimed at?
This supplement is for anyone who wants to protect themselves against hearing problems, particularly those related to age (presbycusis).
It is also designed for those who have existing hearing problems:
- age-related hearing loss (increasing difficulty hearing, interpreting and understanding sounds in their environment);
- hearing loss that occurs following trauma (chronic or acute);
- hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to sounds and noise).
- tinnitus (whistling and buzzing in the ear);
How does Hear Loss formula work?
Age-related hearing loss is the result of inevitable deterioration of the auditory system. Over time, the 30,000 hair cells of the inner ear (those that detect sound) become damaged and are permanently lost. Like presbyopia (long-sightedness), this process starts to develop after the age of 50, with high frequencies particularly affected as it is this type of frequency which is processed by the most sophisticated hair cells.
The best way of lessening the intensity of this process is to combat the formation of free radicals in the ear. These harmful molecules, which can alter the ear’s cells, are generated by numerous factors such as smoking, excess weight, poor diet, the majority of the most popular over-the-counter medicines, and above all, noise, whether chronic or occasional (1). A number of studies have shown that excessive noise mechanically and irreversibly alters hair cells in the cochlea throughout life.
If the noise is sufficiently loud, the free radicals will cause many cells to die, producing vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels) in the ear, which in turn leads to the generation of yet more free radicals (2-5), as is the case during a heart attack. After several decades, the accumulation of these cell deaths manifests in incapacitating hearing loss, though it is after the age of 50 that this all speeds up.
To counteract these processes and delay ageing of the inner ear, Hear Loss Formula draws on four strategies:
- Increasing the rate of endogenous production of those antioxidants which are most beneficial for hearing such as superoxide dismutase (6) and glutathione. This role is fulfilled by magnesium (7), as well as by lipoic acid and N-acetylcysteine.
- Promoting small blood vessel dilation in the inner ear in order to reduce and repair free radical-induced damage to the cochlea, and even restore some of the capacity lost. Magnesium, vinpocetine, quercetin and ginkgo biloba are the compounds in Hear Loss Formula responsible for these effects.
- Curbing excess release of calcium into cells, a process brought on by acoustic trauma and which leads to cell death.
- Delivering exogenous antioxidants (particularly those with synergistic effects such as magnesium) to complement and boost the action of endogenous antioxidants (8-12). Vitamins E and D, quercetin and vitamin B9 perform this function.
What is in Hear Loss Formula?
This supplement has been formulated to incorporate all the nutrients beneficial for combatting hearing problems. Strengths have been selected to ensure balance and encourage the best possible synergy between compounds.
Magnesium (180mg a day)
Magnesium (in the form of magnesium aspartate) is the formulation’s most important compound. It increases the production rate of superoxide dismutase (a major antioxidant), promotes vasodilation and prevents too much calcium from being released into ear cells following acoustic trauma.
A two-month double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial has demonstrated the benefits of a daily 170mg dose of magnesium for reducing damage to the auditory system in soldiers exposed to high levels of noise.
A superior Ginkgo biloba extract (standardised to 24% ginkgo flavonglycosides and 6% terpene lactones)
Ginkgo biloba acts in two ways against hearing problems.
The flavonoids it contains, grouped under the name ginkgo flavonglycosides, work primarily on all aspects of the circulatory system (13). Once absorbed by the body, they help relax capillary resistance, increase blood flow to the inner ear, and combat platelet activating factor which promotes blood viscosity and inflammation of blood vessels (14-15). They also act as ‘flak-jackets’ against the oxidants that cause our hearing to deteriorate, and improve blood flow (16-17). For their part, terpene lactones (particularly bilobalides) help to consolidate the neural circuits involved in hearing. They help increase mitochondrial energy production in neurons and prevent oxidative elements from escaping.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial (18), ginkgo biloba supplementation (240mg a day) helped subjects with partial hearing loss to recover auditory capability.
Alpha-lipoic acid, N-acetylcysteine and glutathione
The body produces an extremely efficient antioxidant for protecting against free radical-induced damage to the ear called glutathione. Unfortunately, however, production of this antioxidant is reduced by a number of pathological and environmental factors (oxidative stress, diabetes, cataracts, atherosclerosis, pollution, smoking …).
Glutathione has low bioavailability when taken orally, which is why SuperSmart has added two compounds that help the body produce more of it: alpha-lipoic acid and N-acetylcysteine.
Vinpocetine, quercetin and acetyl-L-carnitine
Vinpocetine is a derivative of vincamine, a natural compound found in the leaves of the lesser periwinkle as well as in the seeds of certain African plants. It is used to treat memory loss but can also be helpful for sudden hearing loss. It acts in the same way as quercetin, by increasing blood flow in the brain (19).
In its acetylated form, carnitine helps improve nerve deterioration (20) [this property is also used to combat Alzheimer’s disease (21)].
Vitamins D, E, B9 and B12
These four vitamins are increasingly rare in modern Western diets, yet they are essential for good hearing and for preserving the integrity of the auditory system. They are also involved in a great many physiological processes, especially in the brain. Deficiency in vitamin D (which is very common during winter) can result in cochlear dysfunction in particular.
5 good reasons to take Hear Loss Formula for preventing hearing problems
- It’s estimated that 70% of people will experience significant hearing loss
- Fluid circulating in the inner ear constantly sweeps away medicines designed to combat dysfunction. It’s therefore difficult to tackle hearing problems other than through nutrition.
- Hearing loss is a serious handicap to those affected: it impairs interaction with those around you, and leads to gradual exclusion, loss of self-esteem and confidence, depression, increasing communication problems …
- The longer you wait to act, the more your neural circuits become unaccustomed to complex noises and the worse the hearing loss gets. It’s a vicious circle.
- A recent study has demonstrated a link between age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline. Hearing problems may precipitate the development of a number of cognitive problems.
How can you maximise the efficacy of Hear Loss Formula?
If you’re looking to make this formulation even more effective, you can take these additional measures:-
1) Eat a healthier diet throughout the supplementation period.
2) Substantially increase your level of physical activity. The resulting metabolic changes will optimise brain function including that of the auditory system. To obtain these benefits, you need to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
3) Avoid high noise levels as much as possible and fully engage in social interaction.
Written: October 2018
Note: this product should not be used as a substitute for a varied, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to follow the guidelines on how to take it and the recommended dose, and to use it by the ‘best before’ date. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or for children under 15. Keep out of children’s reach. Store in a cool, dry place
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Adults. Take two vegetarian capsules a day.
At doses of more than 2000 IU a day, it is advisable to have a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test. If you suffer from kidney disease, do not take vitamin D3 without consulting your therapist. Do not exceed 10,000IU a day, all sources combined, without professional advice. The same applies if you are taking anticoagulant drugs.
Vinpocetine is a derivative of the natural alkaloid vincamine, an extract of the dwarf periwinkle (Vinca minor), the qualities of which are present in Vinpocetine but with two to four times greater efficacy! Vinpocetine is remarkably free of side-effects and contraindications. It has been the subject of over 700 scientific publications in recent years, 200 of which were animal or human studies.
Vinpocetine's main benefit is that it supports brain metabolism, and therefore alertness, by increasing synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the universal energy molecule.
Vinpocetine improves the brain's utilisation of oxygen and reduces platelet aggregation. In fact, the first studies conducted on this compound recommended its use for mainly hypoxia-related problems (oxygen insufficiency) or ischaemic problems (insufficient blood flow). In these conditions, vinpocetine exerts a significant neuro-protective effect, saving up to 50% of neurons which would almost certainly otherwise be lost!
Vinpocetine also increases the synthesis of several neurotransmitters affecting critical brain functions such as memorisation, concentration and mood. A number of studies show a perceptible improvement in cognitive performance following supplementation, particularly in one of the most difficult areas to influence, synaptic plasticity, which, in a way, is the cellular model for learning capacity.
Finally, vinpocetine is frequently used for its vasodilatory properties in sensory, hearing and visual problems of vascular origin (vertigo, tinnitus, buzzing in the ear, noise pollution, retinopathies). According to Dr Jack Vernon, American tinnitus expert, “vinpocetine is a very promising substance”. Several studies have shown a significant improvement in hearing following supplementation with 30-40 mg vinpocetine a day. Other studies have shown that vinpocetine improves a number of visual deficiencies, related in particular to macular decline, poor night vision and glaucoma.
Take two or three capsules a day, in two or three doses, increasing the dose progressively.
30 mg a day is generally recommended as a maintenance dose.